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To my friend, Barbara March 13, 2011

Posted by judylobo in Cats and Dogs, Polar Bears, Sea LIons.

I dedicate this week’s photo montage to Barbara Rosenthal.  She was the adoring god-mother to my dog, Benny, the mother of Chaplin, her fabulous tuxedo cat and a dear old friend. Barbara died suddenly last week and has left a huge whole in my heart.  She had many passions including the opera, ballet, theater, fine wine, good food and travel.  But what we shared most was the love of a goofy dog named Benny. Whenever I left town I did not for one moment think that Benny was anxious, or even missed me.  He seamlessly made the transition from my house to Barbara’s house.  Her terrific cat more than tolerated Benny, the interloper, and I even think that there were many moments when he actually enjoyed the dog’s company.  You can read more about Barbara in her obituary in today’s New York Times.

A celebration of Barbara’s rich life will be held at 2 PM, on Sunday, April 10th, at ‘The Riverside’ on 76th and Amsterdam. Donations can be made in her name to the Central Park Zoo’s Horticulture Dept. (this combines her love of plants and animals) – 830 Fifth Avenue – NY NY 10065.


1. Carol King - March 13, 2011

Beautiful post. We all will miss Barbara.


2. Joann Krieg - March 13, 2011

Lovely! Thank you for this tribute. So good to see photos of Barbara surrounded by those she loved.


3. JES - March 13, 2011

I agree a beautiful post and a very touching and emotional obituary in the Times.
I will truly miss Barbara. I loved talking opera and theater with her.


4. V.L.E. - March 13, 2011

Judith — you have really gone over and above! All who experienced Barbara’s warm character are reaping the rewards of your friendship. Thank you for keeping us all informed, despite the pain of the loss.


5. Ruth Nichols - March 13, 2011

Thank you so much, Judy.
Cousin Ruthy


6. Beth Iguchi - March 13, 2011

Judy – thank you so much (again) for sharing this wonderful tribute. I also loved (finally) getting a chance to see pictures of your sweet Benny. Barbara always talked about Benny! Chaplin, Benny, Animals and babies! Miss her laugh.


7. Mary Schwalm - March 14, 2011

What a wonderful tribute, each photo made me smile.


8. Mikey - March 14, 2011

beautiful post Judy


9. Elaine Johns - March 14, 2011

From Barbara’s friends Elaine & Michael in Tasmania. New York will never be the same without Barbara. She has been a long term friend of ours since we met her in Tokyo in 1980. She has visited us in Tasmania and we have visited with her in New York and we have many fond memories of times we shared together. We miss her dearly. Thanks Judy for a great tribute to a lovely lady.


10. Betsy Painter, Roger Kline, Valerie Erdile and Hank Nez - March 16, 2011

Beautiful and loving tribute. We, her friends and family in Tucson are still in shock. We will miss her smile, easy laugh and love: especially, her 4-legged cousin, Hank Nez.


11. Amy Kimball - March 26, 2011

Just opened this email and I love the tribute
I love the photos!
Rest in Peace Barbara and Chaplin. My cousin Barbara was such an amazing woman who knew how to live and experience all the things she loved! She will be missed by humans and animals alike!


12. elena Dunn - April 2, 2011

I can still see Barbara’s smile and hear her laugh. Thanks Judy for the great post celebrating a wonderful woman!


13. Gloria Nobles - April 9, 2011

Still in shock. Thanks for all the beautiful posting for our friend Barbara. we have been friend for more then forty years. I will miss all the cards and dinner party. Love you Barbara.



14. Ginnt Moreland - August 29, 2012

I was an old classmate of Barbaras, I knew her 60 yrs we were neighbors, and had a lot of fun togeather. I’m only sorry we did not spend more time together in the later years, but distance and careers were an obstacle, God will praise her as she was so good to the animals. I know you will rest in peace.


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