Roslyn Cantor

October 2, 1930 - January 16, 2009
Roslyn Cantor

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The life of an amazing woman, Roz Cantor, ended today, January 16, 2009, due to complications from leukemia.

Roslyn grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. After she married Ben Berman, they moved to Detroit to raise their family. In her 20ís, Roslyn was a professional model, actress, and dancer. Later, she returned to college and earned a Masterís Degree in Counseling from Wayne St. University. She taught English and Psychology on both the high school and college level.

She met her second husband, Herb Cantor, at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. She was Ginger Rogers to his Fred Astaire. She was in several movies, including Dirty Dancing. Knowing that Herb was a brilliant bridge player, Roslyn decided to dedicate herself to becoming one, too. They moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina because of the amazing local bridge community. She became one of the top 400 bridge players in the nation.

Roz was a wonderful Jewish mother and a member of Agudas Israel. She is survived by her three children, Steven, Sharon, and Scott; five grandchildren; and her wonderful significant other, Jim Crouse.

She was complicated, brilliant, talented, and ñ as the people who love her most will attest ñ very opinionated. Most of all, she had an enormous heart. Although we will miss her every day of our lives, we know that what is essential is invisible to the eye. She is with us now and always. Roslyn was 78 years old.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Sunday, January 18 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home, 125 Orrís Camp Road, Hendersonville, North Carolina. Friends and family are invited to Roslynís home in East Flat Rock following the service.

She has asked that donations be made to Elizabeth House, where they helped us tenderly love her to a better place (The Elizabeth House c/o Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731).


Sunday, January 18, 2009
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 18, 2009
    Sonja Schultz-Fryer says:
    To the family of Roz Cantor: I was a student in your mom's Psychology class at Rogers High School in Wyoming, MI in the early 70's. I remember her well since she started the first ever Psy club at our school. As a teacher she was an inspiration. She challenged us to think for ourselves and to work hard. I was inspired by her to become a teacher. I have been an educator of 30 yrs. in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Please accept my condolences. My prayers are with your family as you mourn the loss of your mom. Sincerely, Sonja Schultz-Fryer

  • January 19, 2009
    Mario Leon says:
    My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. I was so saddened to read this notice in the Grand Rapids Press. Roz Cantor was my teacher at Rogers High School in 78-79. More than academics, she taught me to be myself and believe in myself. She opened her home and heart to those of us in her Psychology Club. When we were at her house it was Roz, the next day at school it was Mrs. Cantor. She always had my back at school. After high school we kept in touch sporadically. My ex and I went on dancing double dates with Roz and Herb a few times. Boy, those two could dance! We lost track of each other until about 5 years ago when we exchanged letters. I was sad to hear from her that Herb had passed. Then we lost touch again. Just last week Roz was on my mind but I had lost her address. I searched Facebook in vain for Sharon Berman, her daughter who she always told stories of to see if i could get in touch with Roz again. She was just on my mind. Little did I know she was ill. She often spoke proudly of her children. I remember how happy she was when Sharon was acting in plays. Roz was a wonderful teacher and friend. She was dramatic, outspoken, talented and one hell of a cook! I loved her dearly and will carry the legacy of what she taught me always. Rest in peace dear, dear Roz. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for everything!

  • January 20, 2009
    David Cantor says:
    I am very sorry to hear about Roz's passing. She was indeed a "complicated person," and she made an indelible impact on all of my Dad's children.