Rose Frances Levinson Glasser, 101, preferred philanthropy over possessions

Rose Frances Levinson Glasser
Rose Frances Levinson Glasser

Rose Frances Levinson Glasser, 101, died on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Blessed with a century of life, Rose Frances didn’t waste a moment. Her natural curiosity, combined with her drive, led her to be a voracious reader, a world traveler, a good business woman and a revered community leader.

First and foremost, Rose Frances was devoted to her family, loving and inclusive. All would say Rose Frances, affectionately known as ‘Mema,’ was one they would consult when sound advice and life wisdom were needed. Rose Frances was also very close and devoted to her sister, Bernice L. Kaplan, and her brother, Buddy Levinson, of blessed memory, and the extended Glasser family.

Rose Frances graduated from Maury High School, Class of 1932, and Ohio State University, Class of 1936, with a degree in social work and took graduate courses at ODU. She dated and then married Bernard Glasser, a young Norfolk lawyer, whom she had met at a fraternity house party at University of Virginia. Their union was a rock solid marriage and their children, Stuart, Richard, Jane Susan and Michael, and their spouses, Sarah, Martha, Joe and Lori, as well as eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren became integral parts of Rose Frances’s life.

She always praised Bernard and gave him credit for the family’s successes, but it was apparent that they were equal partners. After Bernard’s death in 1983, Rose Frances spent three winters in Israel volunteering on various projects including knitting clothing for Ethiopian immigrants and working at the Israeli Ministry of Justice and at Israeli libraries. In 1986, she met Mark Schneider, of blessed memory, a Richmond widower, and they shared the next 17 years enriching each other’s lives.

Rose Frances was a stellar role model for her family. She preferred philanthropy over possessions.

A celebration of life reception, where family will be greeting friends, will occur from 2 to 5 p.m. April 24, at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia. The family thanks the fine staff at Beth Sholom Terrace: Yvette, Tiphaney, Leslie, Jimmy and Michelle.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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