Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:09 PM
Killington snowboard instructor, author
Edith "Chickie" Rosenberg, of West Orange, NJ and Killington, Vt.,
died on Aug. 6, 2013 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She survived
four and a half years with ovarian cancer through indomitable
strength and courage and the care of her doctors and their staff at
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Services were held on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Bernheim
Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Road,
Livingston, NJ. Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh of Congregation Shir
Shalom of Woodstock, Vt. and Cantor Martha Novick of Temple
Emanu-El of Westfield, N.J. officiated.
Chickie was born on July 17, 1939 to Eddie and Bessie Zimmerman and
raised in Irvington, NJ and then Maplewood, NJ. She was a West
Orange resident for the past 43 years and also a resident of
Killington for the past 27 years.
She was a proud member of the Class of 1957 of Columbia High School
of Maplewood/ South Orange, N.J., and an active member of the CHS
Alumni Association. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in
Allentown, PA and earned an M.A. from New York University. She was
a teacher at the high school and college levels and a private
Since 1990 she was a snowboard instructor at Killington Ski and
Snowboard Resort. Chickie 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 the coveted 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,
Senator Bill Bradley's Sirius Satellite Radio program and 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
She also 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 contribution to the volunteer docent program. She was
an expert on African art and wrote the text for Art of Africa: The
Newark Museum Knowledge Cards.
Chickie is survived by her husband of 50 years, Paul I. Rosenberg;
daughter Brett R. Harris and her husband Mitch of Westfield, N.J.;
grandchildren Alicia and Cooper Harris; and brother Dr. Michael R.
Zimmerman and his wife Barbara of Wayne, Pa.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Chickie Rosenberg
Memorial Fund at Memorial Sloan-Ketttering Cancer Center, 1275 York
Avenue, NY, NY 10065.