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Rebecca Rosenthal, 1991-2010

Rebecca Rosenthal, age 18, died on September 14, 2010. Courtesy photo.


On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, Rebecca Christine Rosenthal drifted away in peace, leaving behind her burden of earthly troubles. She now soars with the angels.

Rebecca was born on Oct. 3, 1991 in Auburn, Calif. She came into the world with a twin, her brother, Russell.

This young lady lived life with intensity. At age 5, Rebecca started backpacking with her family and bagged her first of several 10,000 foot peaks. At age 9, she was the youngest player to make the first cut on the under 12 traveling soccer team. At age 10, she was comfortably shooting three pointers on the basketball court.

She attended Cobb Elementary school throughout her elementary years starting with kindergarten; she continued with the Middletown School System through Middle School and attended Middletown High School for her freshman year before leaving Lake County.

During high school, she ran cross country in the fall and was a member of the track team in the spring. In addition to her natural athletic ability, Rebecca was creative, insightful and intelligent. For a number of years Rebecca played the violin. She was an active thespian and participated in the high school debate club.

She loved meeting new people and going to new places, and she relished new experiences.

Rebecca had a profound love of learning. She excelled academically in all classes, especially in math. At the time of her passing, she was a student at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

She had an interest in a number of career paths, including teaching math and social work. The common thread in all of her possible choices was helping other people. As time permitted, Rebecca volunteered with a variety of senior citizen centers.

Rebecca touched so many people during her short journey in this life. She was a delightful and engaging person, with seemingly endless stores of charm, charisma, energy and determination. Rebecca had endless potential.

Rebecca leaves behind her twin brother, Russell Rosenthal, and her parents, Monica and David Rosenthal of Middletown, Calif., her grandparents, Janet and Pat Rosenthal of Middletown, Calif., and Anna and John Penic of Porterville, Calif., her half sister, Anna Ntifi, of Minneapolis, Minn., and a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, both of biological and adoptive relation. All will miss her intensely and remember her forever.

A celebration of Rebecca’s life will held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 14970 Lakeview Way, Clearlake, Calif.

The memorial service will be immediately followed by a lunch. Afterwards, all are invited to continue the “celebration of life” at the Rosenthal home in Middletown.

Donations in Rebecca’s name can be made to Redwood Children’s Services Inc. at 14130 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422.

“In one of the stars I shall be living… in one of them I shall be laughing”

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