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Charles Rowitz

March 29, 1929 - May 11, 2019

Service Information

Mount Sinai Simi Valley - Kamenir Chapel

6150 Mount Sinai Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93063

Service Date
Wednesday May 15th, 2019
Service Time
12:00 pm
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Service Date: Wednesday May 15th, 2019

Service Time: 12:00 pm

Mount Sinai Simi Valley - Kamenir Chapel

6150 Mount Sinai Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93063

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Charles Rowitz was my best friend’s dad. He and his wife, Mrs Rowitz, were also mine and my husband’s friends as they brought us into their square dancing world. It was wonderful to be included as a daughter and as a friend. Mona mentioned to me that she misses her dad’s laugh. That made me think about his laugh - deep and long. Sort of with a hiccup to it as he was cracking himself up. I remember that laugh when I told him I was pregnant with my first child. He got a silly grin and told me I should be more specific when choosing a name. He said my name, Candi, was a little too vague and that I should choose a name like Snickers or Milkyway, and then he just laughed. Though I had not seen Mr Rowitz in years, he was part of my history, he left a mark on me as he did with all the people lucky enough to be included in his life and who heard him laugh at his own jokes.

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Lawrence Singer

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May 15, 2019

My Memories of Chuck While we all know that Chuck had medical problems during his last few years, those are not the years that define his life. Chuck’s life is defined by the many productive years that went before, during which he wore many hats: husband, father, grandfather, teacher, school administrator, cab driver, postal worker, carpenter, dancer and friend. Chuck had many friends. He was an intelligent, friendly, unpretentious, witty, joke-loving person. It was easy to talk with him and feel comfortable around him. Fran and Chuck met and married in Chicago in the early 1950s, when Chuck was driving a cab on the side for money while getting started in his teaching career. They came to California with two baby daughters for a better life…and they found it. They bought their home in Reseda, which was then the frontier of home development in the San Fernando Valley and Chuck went to work building a financially secure life for his growing family. In addition to teaching in the Burbank School District, he earned extra money teaching driver’s ed and working for the post office. Chuck was not afraid of hard work. He took a class to learn basic carpentry and then built the den on his home. He was a meticulous (and perhaps slow) craftsman who carefully examined every piece of wood and nail he used. He was a perfectionist. And the den still stands today, a mark of his craftsmanship. Fran and Chuck took up square dancing and then round dancing, where they made many friends traveling around to dance competitions. Chuck had a fulfilling and very successful career in education. He began teaching special education classes in the Burbank School District, became a vice principal in his high school, and was active in the teacher’s union where he quickly took on a leadership role in salary negotiations with the school district. The story Chuck told is that the district became tired of his hard negotiations each year and hired him to be an administrator. Chuck had a full and active life. I will always remember him for his friendliness, wit and hardy laugh. We will all miss him. Lawrence Singer Brother-in-Law
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