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Edith “Chickie” Rosenberg
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Edith “Chickie” Rosenberg

Edith “Chickie” Rosenberg (Zimmerman), 74, of West Orange and Killington, Vt., died Aug. 6, 2013. She was raised in Irvington and then Maplewood, residing in West Orange for the past 43 years and in Killington for the past 27 years.

Mrs. Rosenberg had been a teacher at the high school and college levels and a private tutor.

She was a member of the Class of 1957 of Columbia High School, Maplewood, and an active member of the CHS Alumni Association. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and earned an MA from New York University.

Since 1990 she was a snowboard instructor at Killington Ski and Snowboard Resort. She was one of the first female snowboard instructors in the country and the first female snowboarder registered in the Professional Ski Instructors of America-Eastern Division. She achieved Snowboard Level II national certification from the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. She was featured in on-snow TV interviews for NBC’s Today show, CNN, New England Cable Network TV, Fuji-TV of Japan, and Senator Bill Bradley’s Sirius Satellite Radio program, and was the subject of articles covered by national and international press, including The New York Times. The videos and articles can be found on her websites www.SnowboardingForMen.com and www.SnowboardingForWomen.com. She published two books on the sport, Snowboarding for Men: a guide for guys and Snowboarding for Women: a guide for the Betty Shred wannabe. She completed the revised edition of Snowboarding for Women shortly before her death.

For the past 23 years she had been a docent at The Newark Museum, giving tours of the collections. She was the 2013 recipient of The Newark Museum Docent Award presented in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the volunteer docent program. She was an expert on African art who wrote the text for Art of Africa: The Newark Museum Knowledge Cards.

She was a member of Congregation Shir Shalom in Woodstock, Vt., and Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Paul I.; her daughter, Brett R. (Mitch) Harris of Westfield; a brother, Michael R. Zimmerman of Wayne, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 9 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickie Rosenberg Memorial Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.

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