November 26, 2013
Charlotte Rottenberg Lichterman died peacefully at the home of her son, Joshua, and his wife, Holly, on Nov. 4, 2013. She was 94.
Memorial services are to be scheduled in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Nevada County.
Charlotte was born Aug. 25, 1919, to Rosalie Margulies Rottenberg and Marcus Rottenberg. She had one sibling, Herman Rottenberg.
She was raised in a tiny ethnic community called Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended Brooklyn Ethical Culture School and graduated from Erasmus High School.
She graduated from Carnegie Technical Institute and Columbia University.
She married her childhood sweetheart, Martin, on Oct. 7, 1945; they had two sons, Joshua in 1947 and Andrew in 1953.
Charlotte was a self-described “community nudge.” She belonged to the League of Women Voters in every community she lived.
She was a resolute supporter of public education who ran successfully for school board in Lexington, Mass., in 1965.
She helped found the Adventures in Music program and the METCO voluntary school desegregation program in the Boston region.
In Schenectady, N.Y., she was vice president of the Schenectady Community Action Project. In Huntington, N.Y., she was active in the League of Women Voters and she served on the State Board of the NY — League of Women Voters.
She and Martin retired to Berkeley, Calif., in 1987. While in Berkeley, she was elected treasurer of the East Bay National Organization of Women Chapter and volunteered with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Grandmothers Against the War. Throughout her life, she was a champion for women’s rights, peace and social justice.
Charlotte was an extraordinary mother and grandmother who dearly loved her entire extended family.
She is survived by her son, Joshua and his wife, Holly; son Andy and his children, Marc and Anna; and her nephews and nieces and their assorted children.
She enjoyed an extensive network of lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by Martin, on May 15, 2011.
Her last weekend she was surrounded by friends of over 60 years visiting from Vermont and Pennsylvania and family. She was mentally sharp to the end and one of the last things she said was, “I have been loved, I have loved, I am surrounded by love.”