Benjamin L. Rosenthal, 86, of Longmeadow died Sept. 6 at home with his family. He was the husband of Fredalyn (Gerber) Rosenthal for 67 years. Born in Boston, he lived in the Springfield area since 1953. His service in the Army Air Corp during World War II was distinguished by three Bronze Battle Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. He was the co-owner of Pioneer Furniture for 25 years and later a sales coordinator at Bottaro-Skolnick Furniture for 15 years. He was a five time past commander of the Greater Springfield Freedman Post #26 of the Jewish War Veterans. He was past president of the Foxes and Belles, a member of the Springfield JCC, Jewish Geriatric Services, Sinai Temple and past president of its brotherhood, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a Red Cross blood donor for many years and he helped deliver Meals on Wheels. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Joyce Contois and her husband, Paul, of Springfield, Charlene Cutler and her husband, Mark, of Longmeadow, and David Rosenthal and his wife, Elissa, of Sharon; a sister, Eva Gelerman of Randolph; five grandchildren, Seth Kaye and his wife, MaryJo, Cheryl Kaye and Marc Dusza, Adam Cutler and his wife, Claudia, Rebecca Munday and her husband, Brian, and Marlee; a great-grandson Reece; and three nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Morris Rosenthal. Memorial contributions may be made to Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108 or to Baystate VNA & Hospice, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01199.
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