David Alan Rosenthal, a resident of Marblehead for most of his life, died peacefully on June 29, 2017, at the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody. He was 97.
David was born in Boston in 1919, the son of the late Hyman and Martha Rosenthal. He was the beloved husband of the love of his life, Rose A.L. (Brimberg) Rosenthal of Marblehead, with whom he had just celebrated 68 years of marriage on May 16.
David was the devoted and loving father of Francine and her husband Alan Temkin of Beverly, and Paul Rosenthal of Newburyport. He was the cherished grandfather of Stefanie and her husband Jesse Jalbert of Beverly, Jennifer Temkin of New York, and Joshua Rosenthal and his fiancée Lexie Newbury of York, Maine. David was the adoring great-grandfather of Harper Jalbert and, in the last week of his life, he was delighted to welcome two more beloved bundles of joy, twin great-grandchildren Lexi and Kinsley Jalbert. He was the dear brother of the late Rubin Rosenthal and the late Samuel Rosenthal, and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Marblehead High School with the Class of 1937, David proudly served in the US Army during WWII, earning a Bronze Star and two Purple Heart honors. He was also among the initial US troops to join the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Back on American shores, David worked as a salesman for R.C. Mason Movers for over 50 years, a position from which he retired at the age of 90.
Active in his community, David was a Mason and a member of Golden Fleece Lodge in Lynn, as well as a Commander in the American Legion of Marblehead. In addition, he was a devoted member of Temple Israel, now Congregation Shirat Hayam of Swampscott, for over 50 years. Despite all of his accomplishments, active military involvement, and community engagements, none were as dear to him as his family. David and his wife, Rose were inseparable, and could often be seen holding hands throughout their 68 years of marriage. Together, they enjoyed raising and spending time making so many wonderful memories with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem, on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Adath-Jeshurun Cemetery, 350 Grove St., W. Roxbury. Memorial observance will be at the home of Francine and Alan Temkin from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, and from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 3. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s name may be made to Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody MA 01960 (www.chelseajewish.org); or to Care Dimensions Hospice Care, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923 (www.caredimensions.org); or to Jack Satter House, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151 (www.hebrewseniorlife.org/jack-satter-house).