Cecil Howard Rosenthal
October 27, 2018

Visitation Information

October 30 2018 - 10:00 am
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue (at Morewood)

Funeral Information

October 30 2018 - 12:00 pm
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue (at Morewood)

CECIL HOWARD ROSENTHAL: Tragically, on October 27, 2018; Cecil Howard Rosenthal, beloved son of Joy and Eliezer "Elie" Rosenthal; treasured brother of Diane and Michael Hirt, Michele Rosenthal and Robert Kennedy, and the late David Rosenthal.  Beloved uncle of Jennifer and Li Wen Hirt.  Also survived by many cousins, friends, and members of Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha Congregation.  The "Honorary Mayor of Squirrel Hill," Cecil was a devoted and active member of Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha Congregation and a well-respected member of Achieva as well.  Services at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue (at Morewood) on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12:00 Noon.  Visitation at Temple 2 hours prior to services (10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon).  Interment Tree of Life Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cecil's memory may be made to Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha Congregation, 5898 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, or Achieva, 711 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.  Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., www.schugar.com


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Dear Rosenthal family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Cecil was truly a special and unique individual and I feel truly blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Debbie Bodell

By Debbie Bodell - November 03, 2018

Dear Family, I am sorry for the loss of Cecil. I am glad I got to be friends with him.

By Frances Topol - November 03, 2018

Joy and Ellie, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am and how much I grieve for your loss. I am devasted that I was not able to get to Pittsburgh. Please know how sorry I am. I love you and am so sorry that my life path has put distance between me and the family. I should have made an effort. It is so much more than a personal family tragedy. I pray God affords you comfort and peace.

By Sheldon Byron Rudin - November 02, 2018

Cecil, David and, the Rosenthals were our n ext door neighbors growing up...They aren't called the boys to me they were my boyfriends...I use to babysit them,and always wheeled a chalkboard in their garage and , played games drew . Teaching them to write their names was challanging but i did it ....Cecil had the best hugs and, heart.. He always wanted to know about my family and if and, if i was married... He always bragged about his sisters, and neices..My heart goes out to Joy , Eli Michelle and Diane....They were so loved by everyone and, the proof was at the funeral... Goodbye guys .. I always have great memories of you both rip love you both.....

By Ivy Coffey - November 02, 2018

We in the Montreal Jewish community stand with you during this very difficult time. On Monday of this week, more than one-thousand Jews stood shoulder to shoulder with you in our local temple condemning hatred and anti semitism in all forms. L’Chaim!! Buruch Dayan Emet.

By HM - November 01, 2018

Dearest Family and Friends, Words just cannot express how saddened I am for your tragic loss, and I send my heartfelt condolences. Cecil’s kind-heart and caring spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew him. His laugh was infectious and will be certainly missed. Please continue to focus on those happy days when you were all together as family and friends, and cherish the good memories. Good memories are God’s gift to us. May they provide solace for you. King David said God is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, 19). God is for you a safe place and strength; a help that is readily found in times of pain and distress. He will comfort you and give you the courage and strength to cope, just as he did for David, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. May he comfort your broken hearts also.

By Davis - October 31, 2018

Joy and Ellie, We are sending you tons of love and healing. Feel so lucky that we got to meet your wonderful boys. All our love, Amy and Ariel

By Amy and Ariel Herman (Robert Levine Grandchildren) - October 31, 2018

May Peace Love and God\'s blessing be with your family always Pat and Bud Kury Johnstown Pa

By Patricia and George Kury - October 31, 2018

There are no words May Cecil's Memory Be of Blessing. I always enjoyed being with him in Schul. I would always help him find the right page to be on. I miss him.

By Jeffery Weiss - October 31, 2018

To the family of Cecil Rosenthal, May God be with you and comfort you at this sad time and I am very sorry for your loss. Melanie Jordan

By Melanie Jordan - October 31, 2018

Diane and Michele, I met you both at Club One, many years ago. I am living in Minnesota now. I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events of Saturday. My friend Ken Regal related a story of being warmly greeted by Cecil with a heartfelt and sincere "Shabbat Shalom". even though that was frequently the extent of the conversation, on every visit to Tree of Life Synagogue. And as sad as it is, I know that there are worse ways to be remembered than welcoming people, as they enter the House of the LORD. I know that the events at Tree of Life have resonated across the world. May GOD bless you all in your time of grief. Your family is in my prayers, and the prayers of people of faith around the world... I WANT TO LIVE LIKE THE BOYS FROM TREE OF LIFE. Carl

By Carl Johnson - October 30, 2018

My sincere condolences. May God be with the family and bring you peace.

By Stephanie Masters - Texas - October 30, 2018

Diane I was so devastated to hear about the tragic loss of your brothers Cecil and David. Please know you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. I am so so sorry.

By Laurie siegel snow - October 30, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Rosenthal- Cecil was one of the campers at Camp Cornplanter, that I fondly remember. His laugh and sense of humor were memorable, even almost 50 years later. What a loss for the world to lose both him, and his brother David, in such a tragedy. You are in my every thought, as are they.

By Sheila Reinhard - October 30, 2018

We are thinking of your family in UTAH

By Jamie - October 30, 2018

My sincerest condolences for the loss of your loved one. My heart breaks for your family and your community. Sending you love and peace from Portland, Maine. - Kate Hallissey & family

By Kate Hallissey - October 30, 2018

May his memory be for a blessing. Sending our deepest condolences and love

By Fern and Bryan Daves - October 30, 2018

Hi Diane, It is with a heavy heart that it takes a tragic, senseless death to restart a lost contact with family. Sending condolences for the lost of your brother, Cecil. My name is Rebeka Becks...daughter of Hilda Meth...daughter of Elias Meth and Miriam Rosenthal. You may remember us under the sir name of Friedlander. You, Cecil and David Rosenthal are/were my (and my brother, Ariel Friedlander) 2nd cousins. My mother has been trying to get information to contact the family...it has been a very long time since we have seen you. My mother sent an email to the Tree of Life Congregation as well for any contact information. When things settle down for you, please contact us at 703-787-6811 (Hilda lives with us) or bbex1@verizon.net (my email) or hilda39@aol.com (Hilda's email). Hugs and love to all. Rebeka Becks

By Rebeka Becks - October 30, 2018

Dearest Joy and Eli, We so deeply wish we had words to console you in this tragedy. We were in shock on Saturday as we learned of the events unfolding in our old neighborhood. And we simply have been overcome since hearing the reading of the list of names on Sunday morning and learning that the sweetest, most innocent of lights in Cecil and David have been taken from you and from our world. I have never told you this but you have both long been our heroes with your vision in and dedication to meeting the challenges of being parents of Special Needs children in a world that has failed to provide foundations for Special Needs families. You have shown all of us so much, for so long, the true meaning of creating dignity and providing independence for our most special among us. Please know that we are confident that G-d knew exactly who would provide the effective, loving platform for Cecil and David to live meaningful and rich lives. Today, we are with you and hope that in the face of this unbelievable tragedy, you find some solace in David’s warmth and Cecil’s laugh that all flowed from the values that you both found the wisdom and will to provide for them. You are both in our thoughts and David and Cecil are forever in our hearts. Love and hugs, Nancy and Irwin

By Nancy and Irwin Aronson - October 30, 2018

Our hearts are broken, along with Cecil' s family's hearts ! May all of you find solace with your memories of Cecil, until all of you are reunited in Heaven one day ! RIP Cecil ! God Bless You, Dee, Tim, Zachary Martin and Jennifer Frenkil

By Jennifer Frenkil - October 29, 2018

To All The Rosenthals Our sincerest condolences. May you be comforted by your treasured memories of David and Cecil. The world was a better place because of the two of them! Marian (Hollander/Weiss) Salamon and Jon Salamon

By Marian Salamon - October 29, 2018

Diane, I am not sure if you remember me but we went to Israel together too many years ago to count! I just found out that your dear brothers were 2 of the victims of such a sad day in our Sq. Hill communities life and communities across the country! I wanted to reach out to you to know how deeply sorry I am and how much this has touched me and communities around the country. I am in Miineapolis and my temple held a solidarity service with 1,500+ honoring your brothers and the rest of the senseless victims! I truly hope that you can take comfort in knowing that from what I have read, your brothers were so loved and respected as true mensches!!! May they be for a blessing! Susan Levy (Cohn)

By Susan Levy Cohn - October 29, 2018

My deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of Cecil and David. I only met them once years ago. I can't remember where, but they both had a lasting impact on my memory. I remember them smiling. May God bless you all and comfort you during this difficult time.

By Brigette greenawalt - October 28, 2018

May God look upon your family and give you resol during this time of unspeakable sadness. Our prayers and love go out to you....⚘

By Diana Carrillo & fam. Albuquerque, NM - October 28, 2018

Sending my heartfelt love and condolences to all of the Rosenthals. Cecil was such a large part of my childhood in PGH, whether at your home or at Tree of Life. His warmth, positivity and hugs are how I remember him best. I cannot imagine how difficult this must be and how senseless it must all seem. My his memory be a blessing and may G-d grant youmuch love and healing during this horrible and difficult time. All of my best, Dahlia

By Dahlia Hanin - October 28, 2018

My sincere condolences on the tragic loss of your loved one. It is evident from reading about Cecil that he was filled with joy, and that he shared this so lovingly with others. May you be comforted by wonderful memories of happy times.

By Laurie Nicholson - October 28, 2018

From Toronto, I am sending my deepest condolences to Cecil's [and David's] family and friends. Such a tragic loss. May their memories be for a blessing.

By Michaele-Sue Goldblatt - October 28, 2018

So sad to hear the news about this horrible tragedy! We were so fond of Cecil and David. What a loss to Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh! Our deepest sympathies to your entire family!

By Chuck & Anita Newberg - October 28, 2018

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rosenthal, I send my deepest condolences for the loss of your sons. During the 1970’s I had the privilege of working with your boys during a teacher’s strike and I have never forgotten them. I can picture David’s giggling whenever I asked him a question. Cecil made himself my personal matchmaker telling me he told single men he’d meet that he had a teacher friend for them to marry. They will be deeply missed as I have learned that as adults they have touched people’s lives the same as they touched mine in their youth. They will be remembered lovingly by the many many people they befriended. Sincerely, Marilyn Hurwitz Schusterman

By Mariyn Hurwitz Schusterman - October 28, 2018

I live in Toronto, Canada and did not know this brave man. I felt that I had to send my condolences to the family and friends of Cecil who tragically died on Shabbat. May the family take comfort in knowing that Jews around the world mourn with you. May the wonderful memories you have of Cecil help you through the difficult days to come.

By Arlen Zacks - October 28, 2018

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Rosenthal Family. We knew Cecil from our days At Camp Cornplanter as staff members in the early 70's. Our lives were changed forever because of individuals like Cecil and he always made us smile. May both Cecil and David Rest in Peace. Our thoughts and prayers and with you.

By Mark F and Teresa Weller Borger - October 28, 2018

My sincerest and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Cecil and David. Their senseless deaths make this even harder. Knowing Cecil from when he was around 10, at Project Hope, and then as a joyful congregant of Tree of Life brings to mind an outgoing, positive boy and young adult. May your good memories, family, and friends carry you through these difficult times. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

By Eva Kaplan - October 28, 2018