21 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: David Rosenheck, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York

David Rosenheck married my father's first cousin Ruth Garber, daughter of my great uncle Nathan Garber and his wife Yetta.

Here lies
David son of Yehuda


Additional inscription (not visible due to the thick hedge) on this stone indicates that Dave Rosenheck died on 9 March 1963 at the age of 56.

Based upon other records, it is likely that Dave was actually 60 years old when he died - still too young. His petition for naturalization showed he was born on 23 December 1903 in Tlumachek, Austrian Empire.[1] This 1903 date would be consistent with his age, 25, when he boarded the S.S. Leviathan in mid-December 1929 to emigrate.[2] Dawid Rosenheck, his brother Josef and his sister Estera left Southampton, U.K. and arrived in New York on 24 December 1929.

Dave was born to Juda Rosenheck and his wife Sophie.[3]

I do not yet know the exact date when Dave and Ruth married, but by April 1940 they were living with their month-old daughter Susan at 1514 West 11th Street in Brooklyn.[4] 

Two years later, they'd moved down the street to 1547 West 11th Street, Brooklyn.[5]

Several years later they had their son Jay.

Around 1950 they moved to 1724 E. 15th Street. From 1958 on, they lived at 1110 Avenue Z, Brooklyn.

Dave owned a store near West 10th Street and Avenue O selling fruit. Later, he moved it to Woodruff Avenue near Prospect Park. Business suffered after a big box store opened nearby. Dave closed the store and went to work for them.[6]

David Rosenheck's grave is located in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore Cemetery: Block 5, gate 567W, line 2R, grave 9.

1. This community is now called Tovmachyk in Ukraine and is located 7 miles west-northwest of the Galician city of Kolomyya. 
David Rosenheck petition for naturalization no. 207457 (17 December 1935), Eastern District of New York; Record Group 21: records of the District Courts of the United States; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City.
2. Manifest, S.S. Leviathan, 24 December 1929, stamped p. 92, line 7, Dawid Rosenheck, age 25; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 March 2017).
3. New York County, New York, certificate of death no. 7708 (1941), Estelle Sadowsky, 5 April 1941; Municipal Archives, New York City.
4. The indexed NYC marrriage records at the German Genealogy Group website don't clearly link Ruth Garber and David Rosenheck. It appears they may have married on 26 December 1936 (recorded in 1937) in Kings County (Brooklyn). I have not yet ordered the original record.
1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-1823, sheet 8A, household 148, Dave and Ruth Rosenheck; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 December 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2593.
5. "U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 March 2008), entry for Nathan Garber, serial no. U2645, Brooklyn, New York; citing NARA Record group 147, "Records of the Selective Service System," NAI no. 255597. 
6. Jay Rosenheck, to Emily Garber, email, 19 March 2017, "Questions about your parents"; Garber file, privately held by Garber.

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