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Funeral for Barbara Rothenberg

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Funeral: 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Home of Peace Cemetery - Colma
1299 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
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Barbara Rothenberg

August 19, 1925 – September 9, 2018

Barbara was known to most as “Bobbie”, and is survived by her

son Ron (Susan) Rothenberg of Layfayette, daughter Wendy

(Paul) Goldman of Los Angeles, and daughter Marci (Mike)

Mulvehill of Carlsbad. Her children were all from her 34 year

marriage to Walter Rothenberg, until his untimely death in 1979.

Bobbie dearly loved her six grandchildren—Brian (Kelly)

Rothenberg, Rachel Goldman, Scott (Carly) Goldman, Jeffrey

Rothenberg, Kylie Mulvehill and Allison Mulvehill. She often

cared for them during their childhood and they held a special

place in her life. Bobbie was also thrilled to hold her first great

grandchild, Chase Rothenberg, and loved to see photos of him

with his sister, Charlotte Rothenberg, her great granddaughter.

For the past 20+ years, she loved and shared her life with her

devoted partner, Marshall Zemon who was by her side daily

throughout their life together, as well as a loving, devoted

caretaker during much of her illness.

Bobbie was born and raised in San Francisco, a city she truly

loved… the cable cars, its hills that she walked as a child, and of

course, the SF Giants! She was thrilled going to games with

Marshall, as well as enjoying special moments at AT&T Park

with her grandsons Jeff and Scott. She loved attending the high

school football games of her first grandson, Brian. She would

often glow with pride when she talked about her first

granddaughter, Rachel’s voice. And, of course, she deeply

cherished her time with her granddaughters Kylie and Allison

with whom she enjoyed special moments together after Marshall

and her purchased a part-time residence in Carlsbad.

Bobbie graduated from the former Commerce High School in

San Francisco, and even began working at age 15 as a legal

secretary to supplement her father’s income as he cared for her

arthritic mother. She was very proud of the fact that she learned

stenography and became and exceedingly fast typist at such a

young age. Bobbie would often tell people about the attorney

who employed her becoming a noted US District Court Judge.

She loved her 15+ year career at Lowell High School where two

of her children were among its alumni. Bobbie was very proud

of the school, and she considered many of the faculty among her

close friends.

After retiring, Bobbie loved to travel with Marshall, visiting

numerous cities around the globe. She’d often bring back small

souvenirs that became disparate pieces of “art” in her home –

each with a long story for those who visited her.

Family and friends were most important to Bobbie. She will be

deeply missed by all.