March 25, 2022 ~ 22 Adar II 5782
Clara Louise Wasserman Rowe passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 25, 2022, at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Rowe, her parents, Phillip and Mary Wasserman, and her sister, Frances Shaikun.
Clara is survived by her three children, Lewis (Ilean), Maxine (David Rouben), and Phyllis (the late H. Miles Cohn), her beloved grandchildren, Evan Rowe, Adam Rowe, Jared Rouben (Alexis), Leiah Rouben-Benson (Cooper), Camden Rouben (Amelia), Jeremy Cohn (Elissa), and Alex Cohn (Kat), and her great-grandchild, Talia Benson.
Clara was a native of Louisville and the perfect example of the ideal Jewish woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, always loving and patient, always supportive and never judgmental, and always ready to listen and guide by example. In addition, she was an ardent and steadfast proponent of her family and her faith.
She loved her synagogue, Keneseth Israel Congregation, where she was always seen for Shabbat services and congregational events.
Her friends were friends for life. She loved to cook and was a consummate expert in the preparation of Ashkenazi Jewish fare. She never failed to remember and acknowledge the birthdays and anniversaries of her friends, children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, and nephews.
Clara never spoke disparagingly about anyone and always had a compliment about everyone she knew or met. She was always there if you needed her. She never complained about giving her time and emotional commitment. She always donated to charities of faith, the sick, and the needy passionately. She will always be the person we should pattern our own lives.
She was the original “Nice Person.”
Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. until the service at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue, followed by burial at Keneseth Israel Cemetery. The funeral home service will be live-streamed via www.facebook.com/HermanMeyerSon/
Shiva will be held Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at the home of David and Maxine Rowe Rouben.
Donations in honor of Clara may be made to:
- The Harold Rowe College Cookie Fund at Keneseth Israel Congregation, 2531 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205 https://www.kenesethisrael.com/support-keneseth-israel/
- The Capital Campaign for the Trager Family Jewish Community Center, jewishlouisville.org/jcc-capital-campaign/be-a-part-of-it/
- JDFR, (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), www.jdrf.org/donate/