Marie Rosenblatt, 97, native of Leningrad

December 04, 1990

Marie Rosenblatt, 97, who once played a piano concert for the Russian royal family at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, now the Hermitage museum in Leningrad, died Sunday at the Jewish Convalescent and Nursing Home after a heart attack.

Graveside services were being held today at the South Hill Hebrew Cemetery in York, Pa.

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 was allowed to leave Russia, and he joined his family in Germany. In the same year, the family settled in York, Pa., where Mrs. Rosenblatt had relatives.

While Dr. Rosenblatt completed an internship in Johnstown, Pa., Mrs. Rosenblatt 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.

Survivors include 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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