December 27, 2021 ~ 23 Tevet 5782
Joseph Stephen Rothstein, 91, died peacefully on December 27, 2021, at Baptist Health Hospital. Rothstein was predeceased by his parents, Sara Fine Rothstein and Jack Rothstein, his brother, Stanley Rothstein, and his wife, Elinor Myers Rothstein. He is survived by his daughter, Shelley Rothstein Barnes (Harry), his sons, Michael Rothstein (Doreen) and Jack Rothstein (Debbie), his grandchildren, Eric Barnes, Hilary Soroosh (Tim), Evan Rothstein, Connor Rothstein, Nicole Rothstein, and Alexandra Rothstein, and his great granddaughter, Eliana Soroosh.
A lifelong resident of Louisville, Rothstein served in the U.S. Air Force before graduating from the University of Louisville with a degree in Business Administration. His working career varied from retail sales and management to sales of specialty advertising promotional products.
Rothstein never let age slow him down, keeping an active lifestyle until a few weeks before his death. Over his family’s objections, he insisted on driving himself from Louisville to his children’s homes in Chicago and Dayton. He loved to dance, as innumerable wedding attendees and visitors to the Louisville Moose Lodge can attest. On most weekdays, Rothstein could be found serving lunch at the Jewish Community Center’s senior center, most often to much younger seniors. He loved his morning walking group that traversed Seneca Park, his regular Monday night poker game, and the Jews & Brews Torah Study at Keneseth Israel Congregation.
While some seniors struggle with technology, Rothstein watched UofL games on his iPad, streamed YouTube movies to his smart TV, texted emojis on his iPhone, and answered calls on his Apple Watch. He famously used Siri to call 911 after a medical incident several years ago.
Rothstein loved UofL sports, politics, and current events, but nothing surpassed his love of family. He never missed a family gathering, forgot a birthday, or failed to acknowledge an achievement. He kept in touch with close and distant relatives alike.
A graveside funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Keneseth Israel Cemetery, 719 Locust Lane, Louisville, KY 40217. The funeral may also be viewed remotely at https://www.facebook.com/hermanmeyerson.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the JCC Senior Adult Club, 3600 Dutchman’s Lane, Louisville, KY 40205.