Marie Rosenblatt dies pianist had played for czar

December 04, 1990

Graveside services for Marie Rosenblatt, who once played a piano concert for the Russian royal family at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, now the Hermitage museum in Leningrad, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the South Hill Hebrew Cemetery in York, Pa.

Mrs. Rosenblatt, who was 97, died Sunday at the Jewish Convalescent and Nursing Home after a heart attack.

The former Marie Kagan was a native of Leningrad. Her father owned a jewelry store that was patronized by members of the court.

She gave the piano concert as a member of the honors class of her school.

Though other family members had left Russia, she and her husband, Dr. Joseph Alter Rosenblatt, remained several years after the 1917 revolution in hopes of better times. When those hopes faded and the Communist government detained Dr. Rosenblatt, Mrs. Rosenblatt and her oldest child made their way alone to Hamburg, Germany.

In 1925, Dr. Rosenblatt gained his exit from Russia by bribes and joined his family in Germany. They settled in York, Pa., where she had relatives, in 1925.

While he completed an internship in Johnstown, Pa., she lived in York, giving music lessons and playing in concerts for the benefit of local groups.

In 1930, they moved to Baltimore, and he practiced internal medicine until his death in 1948.

Mrs. Rosenblatt was a member of the Oheb Shalom Congregation, the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah and the Women's Civic League, and also worked in support of the Peabody Institute.

She is survived by a son, James Z. Ross of Baltimore; three daughters, Hilda R. Ross of Gainesville, Fla., Jacqueline R. Rosenblatt of Big Pine Key, Fla., and Paula R. Finck of Reader, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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