Ilse Rosenschein

Ilse Rosenschein

Wednesday, November 28th, 1923 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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ILSE ROSENSCHEIN of Poughkeepsie passed away peacefully on Thursday February 20, 2020 at the age of 93. Ilse was the beloved wife of the late Warner Rosenschein; loving mother of Monica Frydman and mother-in law of Jacob Frydman; loving grandmother of Alex Libin, Sandra Di Capua and Madeline Libin and loving great grandmother of Liana Libin.

All who knew Ilse knew that there was no kinder, more generous, helpful and giving person. For most of the past twenty-years Ilse dedicated herself as a volunteer at Vassar Hospital, giving comfort to patients in Same Day Surgery and offering a bright smile to customers in the Gift Shop. Ilse also volunteered to help wheelchair-bound residents of local nursing homes at an age where she might have been in one herself.

Born in Leipzig, Germany in 1926. Ilse was fortunate to arrive in the United States in 1939 as the Nazis started rounding up Jews in her hometown, escaping certain suffering, unlike many of her family members.

Ilse moved with her parents to then-rural Forest Hills, Queens, where she graduated with the first graduating class from Forest Hills High School. As an avid ping pong player Ilse earned awards for her lifelong ping pong passion.

When she was 18 years old, she met her future husband Warner, at a party at the home of Henry Kissinger, who was then living in Washington Heights.
Ilse and Warner married on May 18th, 1946.

Ilse’s husband Warner, who many described as eccentric, introduced her to his passion for railroads and movie making, which then became shared passions for the couple. At their home in Oakland, NJ, they built a cable car, which climbed the 1,000 feet elevation from the street to their hilltop home. Together they also built their own boat, rode railroads all over the world and were devoted movie-goers, never missing a new release.

In 1952, they started Biograph Pictures, their motion picture company, which Ilse was instrumental in forming and operating. They were pioneers in the early days of late-night television commercials, producing such classics as Popeil Pocket Fisherman, the Ginsu Knife, Krazy Glue, Samsonite Luggage and many others.

It was the travelogues they made for Lufthansa Airlines, which took them and their young daughter Monica, all over the world. In 1975, they moved from their house and studio in New Jersey and retired to the Hudson Valley, overlooking their beloved Hudson River in New Hamburg. While living in the New Hamburg, Ilse made her mark within the community, dedicating herself to volunteerism at Temple Beth El, Vassar Hospital and local nursing homes.

Seven years ago, Ilse began suffering from dementia, at which time we welcomed Perpetua (Peppy) Maodza into our family. Peppy cared for Ilse 24/7; without her love, attention and dedication, Ilse would not have had the quality of life that Peppy made possible.

Ilse will always be remembered as her daughter’s closest confidant, her grandchildren’s’ greatest fan and a devoted friend to all who were lucky enough to have met her. Ilse was a woman who gave to the world and the world will miss.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Temple Beth El, Hudson Valley Hospice, or in honor of Peppy’s home country of Zimbabwe, to the “Fairfield Outreach and Sponsor Association”, an organization that provides for the need of orphaned children in Zimbabwe.

Services were Friday, February 21, 2020 at Vassar Temple Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send and online condolence please visit our website at
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    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 12:00pm
    Temple Beth-El Cemtery
    Rt. 44
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  • Interment

    Temple Beth-El Cemetery
    Rt. 44
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Joan Cohen

Posted at 10:40am
memories of both Ilsa and Warner and New Hamburg...sincere condolences. Arnold and Joan Cohen and Milo

Joseph & Suzie Onisick

Posted at 04:54pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Judith Clemente

Posted at 07:25am
I was a volunteer at VBMC with my Therapy Dog Ava. During my years of weekly volunteering I would always see Ilse at the hospital. Invariably she was the friendliest person that I met. She always reached out to me and my pet with tremendous warmth and affection. I will never forget her and want her family to know that she brought real joy to my Good Dog service. Judy Clemente

Arlie Bernstein

Posted at 08:20am
I remember so many visits with Ilse in her New Hamburg home.
my parents (now deceased) were members of Temple Beth-El.
I remember Ilse & kindness to my mother, Sylvia Blatt.
She will be missed.
Arline Blatt Bernstein

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