Oldest Pittsburgh synagogue massacre victim to be laid to rest

//Oldest Pittsburgh synagogue massacre victim to be laid to rest

The oldest victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre — who left behind three children, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild — was laid to rest Friday.

Rose Mallinger, 97, was among the 11 worshippers gunned down inside the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday morning.

Mallinger’s daughter, 61, was shot in the attack and survived.

The governor of Pennsylvania and mayor of Pittsburgh were among the hundreds who came to Friday morning’s visitation ahead of the afternoon funeral service, according to local news outlets.

“She loved us and knew us better than we knew ourselves,” the family said.

PHOTO: Visitors walk past the hearse as they gather for the funeral of Rose Mallinger, 97, at Congregation Rodef Shalom, Nov. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh.Keith Srakocic/AP
Visitors walk past the hearse as they gather for the funeral of Rose Mallinger, 97, at Congregation Rodef Shalom, Nov. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

Mallinger may have been 97 years old, but for her, “age was truly just a number,” her family said in a statement.

PHOTO: Rose Mallinger is seen here in this undated file photo.Courtesy Mallinger Family
Rose Mallinger is seen here in this undated file photo.

“She retained her sharp wit, humor and intelligence until the very last day,” the family said. “No matter what obstacles she faced, she never complained. She did everything she wanted to do in her life.”

“Rose was ‘Bubbie,’ Yiddish for grandma, to everyone in our family and our beloved community,” the family said, adding that “family was everything” to her.

PHOTO: Camera crews record the hundreds of visitors gathering for the funeral of Rose Mallinger, 97, at Congregation Rodef Shalom, Nov. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh.Keith Srakocic/AP
Camera crews record the hundreds of visitors gathering for the funeral of Rose Mallinger, 97, at Congregation Rodef Shalom, Nov. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

Mallinger “was a pillar of the Jewish community and the Tree of Life Synagogue, which she was a part of for over six decades,” the family said. “The synagogue was the center of her very active life. She was there every weekend, and the people of the congregation brought her great joy, as she brought to them.”

It’s been a week of funeral after funeral in Pittsburgh as the victims, including a husband and wife and two brothers, were remembered.

Mallinger’s funeral was the last.

PHOTO: The final resting place of Rose Mallinger, 97, lays ready for her casket in the Tree of Life Memorial Park, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh.Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
The final resting place of Rose Mallinger, 97, lays ready for her casket in the Tree of Life Memorial Park, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

The suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, 46, was charged Wednesday in a 44-count indictment that includes federal hate crimes.

The charges include 11 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and 11 counts of use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence.

He entered a not guilty plea Thursday.

By |2018-11-03T17:22:42+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Google|0 Comments

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