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Laura Maree Rosenblum, 92, of Savannah, Georgia passed away peacefully on January 11, 2022. Laura was born on December 7, 1929, in Charleston, SC. She was raised in Moncks Corner and Charleston. In 1948, Laura graduated from Memminger School and subsequently attended the University of South Carolina before taking a position at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA. She met her future husband, Don “Rosie” Rosenblum, while he was a cadet at The Citadel in Charleston and in 1954 they were married at the St. Catherine’s Chapel.
An Army spouse for over thirty years, she raised seven children, moved twenty-two times, both within and outside the United States as well as obtaining her real estate license. As a child of the Depression, Laura was shaped into a hard-working, determined, and resilient young woman with a generous heart for those in need. She was an avid fan of The Citadel, where her two sons and three grandsons attended, and the University of Georgia, where four of her daughters and four grandchildren attended.
When former Mayor John Rousakis presented Laura with a key to the city of Savannah for her work serving military families during her time at Ft. Stewart, GA from 1975-1977, she told him she would be back. In 1984 she retired to Savannah where she has remained for the past 37 years. During the past nearly four decades in Savannah, she immersed herself in various community projects, was an active member at St. John’s Episcopal Church, was involved with and volunteered for various local political campaigns and enjoyed spending time with her friends playing golf and bingo. She also organized and guided travel groups to her ancestral home of France, a country she loved second only to her own. She has been described by her friends as a “steel magnolia” for her fierce will yet gentle, Southern touch. Throughout her life’s many interests and pursuits, her one greatest love remained her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her seven children, Alice (Tom) McDonald of Athens, GA, Jay Rosenblum of Georgetown, TX, Nancy (Dennis Devito) Doelling of Atlanta, Carol (Tord) Norstedt of Athens, Sarah (Al) Jordan of Sumter, SC, David (Katherine) Rosenblum of Bluffton, SC, and Anne Patrick Moore of Mt. Pleasant, SC; fifteen grandchildren, Meredith (Ryan) Hruda and Claire (Andy) McLaughlin; Daniel (Ashley) Rosenblum, William (Samantha) Rosenblum, and Scott Rosenblum; Richard (Meg) Doelling, and Ross Doelling; Erik Norstedt and Karl Norstedt; Philip (Katie) Jordan and Harris Jordan; Davis (Jillian) Rosenblum, Carol Ann Rosenblum, and John Rosenblum; and Madelyn Moore; and seven great-grandchildren, Watson and Rollins Hruda, Reed, Jack, Mila, and Sloan Rosenblum, her newest, Palmer Maree McLaughlin.
Laura’s funeral will be held on Saturday January 22 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, GA with a reception immediately following at the Green-Meldrim House. Visitation will be at Fox and Weeks, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Friday January 21, 5:00 -7:00PM. A private committal service will be held at Greenwich Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send your donation to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 325 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401.
I am so sorry for your family’s great loss. She has a wonderful family of children and grandchildren to remember and honor her.
- Deb Wiest, Jefferson, GA
Laura's greatest legacy is in her rather amazing children. Despite the difficulties of moving 22 times, and the enormous dislocations of a military life (not to mention the long absences of their father with his many overseas assignments) they all grew to become successful, happy and wonderful adults in their own right.
- Rosenblum , Dale Abbey , UK
While Carol and I were roommates in Athens as students and in Atlanta as career women, Mrs Rosenblum would visit us at our apartments. She was a proud woman that impressed me with her confidence and wisdom. My father was also career military and my mother a military spouse. But our family only has three children — the Rosenblums have seven! I enjoyed her stories about raising her large family . Mrs Rosenblum may rest knowing that she raised seven fine children.
- Elizabeth Brooks Harris, Tampa, Florida
Laura was my much loved and very attentive God Mother. My fondest memories of Laura were during the month I spent with the entire Rosenblum family, in Alexandria VA. At age 12, Laura took me to luncheons with very interesting people; she let me help her plan and then attend a garden party at their home. Don took time from his busy schedule to give me a tour of the Pentagon! This was when I came to know and love Laura, Don, and six of their seven wonderful children. Sweet Ann Patrick, I know and love today! Laura helped me to feel very special by simply treating me that way! Later, she never let my birthday slip by without sending a great gift in the mail. I never received packages in the mail, except from Laura! I have too many memories to put in this format! Laura is much loved and missed by me, and my Mother, Ann McGinnis. God’s Blessings and Lovingkindness to all of you- Laura’s extended and beloved Rosenblum family- from all of us, the entire McGinnis family.
- McGinnis, (Doll) Cathy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fri, January 21, 2022
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- Funeral Service
- 11:00 a.m. on Sat, January 22, 2022
- St. John's Church
325 Bull Street (map)
Savannah Georgia 31401