Edith Rotem (Wallerstein), 88, of Pompton Plains died on April 27, 2020. Born in Fürth, Germany, she was a survivor of the MS St. Louis, which in 1939 was destined for safe harbor but was rejected at Cuban and U.S. ports before returning its refugee passengers to Europe, where many were killed. She and her parents and brother eventually found passage through Morocco and arrived in New York City in 1942.
Mrs. Rotem gained certification as a dental hygienist and worked as one before starting a family.
Predeceased by her husband, Eli, a Yugoslavian native who also escaped the Holocaust and was a veteran of Israel’s War of Independence, she is survived by two children, David of Livingston and Sandra of Randolph, and five grandchildren.
A private memorial was held; graveside services will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ or New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.