September 21, 2022

Remembering Honey Rosenberg and Her Contributions to the Community

To the Editor:

This year, on March 6, we lost a wonderful and special person. Honey Rosenberg was beloved by generations of people in this community. After a career as a teacher and director of a nursery school in New York City, Honey joined the Henry Street Settlement where she supported immigrant families while they learned language and coping skills. She lived on Princeton’s Bank Street for 30 years. When it was time to work closer to home, Honey walked to Talbots where she worked for 15 years.

Through the auspices of the Princeton Senior Resource Center “GrandPals” program, Honey read to kindergarten through second graders, four days a week, for 12 years (until age 93!). The children adored Honey and her stories. With her laughter and that of the children, Honey brought the books to life. Honey was also a dedicated volunteer at PSRC, assisting people in the front office, assembling brunch baskets for the annual Brunch at Home fundraiser, and helping to organize annual holiday events. She defined herself through work and service.

Honey also taught us how to face life’s challenges. She taught us fidelity. As a young widow with five children, she remained true to her husband’s memory. Honey was both self-effacing and fiercely independent. Her faith was strong and her belief in everyone else’s faith was just as strong. She would walk the three miles to synagogue, but if she became fatigued, she might stop into the Methodist church to pray.

Honey loved to travel. She played the banjo and even took a stand-up comedy class. Her quips and one-liners always brought smiles. She kept a kosher kitchen and celebrated the holidays with huge gatherings of family. Honey’s door was always open, with a pot of coffee and homemade baked goods. Honey’s baking was inspired and extraordinary. Everything she baked was infused with her love and joy of bringing pleasure to others. Honey scattered kindness in so many ways. We will continue to remember how she touched all of our lives.

Jeanette Hooban
Quince Court, Lawrenceville

Mauri Tyler
Farmview Lane, Columbus

Susan Friedman
Vandeventer Avenue

Olivian Boon
Colebrook Court