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Charna Rothbaum

Died: September 21, 2019

Charna (Jaker) Rothbaum, 81, of Champaign, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Charna was born on May 26, 1938, in Brooklyn NY to Harry and Beatrice (Greenberg) Jaker. She graduated from Midwood High School and New York City Community College. After moving from New York she spent many years …read more

Charna (Jaker) Rothbaum, 81, of Champaign, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Charna was born on May 26, 1938, in Brooklyn NY to Harry and Beatrice (Greenberg) Jaker. She graduated from Midwood High School and New York City Community College. After moving from New York she spent many years living in Peoria, IL and Champaign, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Rothbaum.

Charna spent her whole life defined by the unconditional love she felt for her family. She is survived by her brother Hank Jaker; her daughter, Bari Rothbaum (Mitch Marlow); her son, Erik Rothbaum; her stepdaughters, Jeri Suchand and Meg Marks (Peter Katz); her daughter-in-law Gloria Rothbaum; her grandsons, Rowan Sanders, Zack Katz and Ben Katz; and her granddaughters, Alison Suchand and Jade Rothbaum.

Family and friends always came first for Charna. She also had a strong and constant work ethic enjoying two long careers, first as a dental hygienist and later as a Walmart cashier.

Charna was a life-time Hadassah member, enjoyed crochet, crafts, crossword puzzles, bowling and tennis. She was known for her sensibility, kindness, selflessness and for giving no-nonsense answers to important questions.

A graveside memorial service for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the Peoria Hebrew Cemetery, Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, Charna asked that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy is handling arrangements (www.morganmemorialhome.com)

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