Alamosa resident Erica Rosenblatt, 93, passed away on January 20, 2022 at her home in Alamosa. She was born on April 21, 1928 to Erich Exner and Martha Menzel.
Erica grew up in Schlesien Germany. During WWII, her family ran a bed and breakfast. During Nazi occupation, her parents used the business to hide and escort Jews out of hostile territory. When the Russian army occupied her town and her home, she hid in the upstairs bedroom. A Russian officer found her, put his finger to his lips to hush her, shut the door and didn’t allow the other soldiers to go near there. Once the Russian forces left, Erica caught the last train out of Eastern Germany and made her way to Canada. Erica eventually made her way to New York City. While she was working as a waitress in New York she met the love of her life Martin Rosenblatt. During her years spent in New York, Erica had special memories of time spent at Lake Tonetta.
Erica and Marty loved to travel and spent time in Greece and Africa. They moved to the San Luis Valley in search of their dream retirement. They built their home in the Fort Garland area and deeply enjoyed their last years together.
Erica loved to go to the library and get books. She had a scheduled routine that she didn’t want to be interrupted. Erica looked forward to Friday each week when her friend would pick her up to get fresh bread from City Market and then go to lunch at Hunan’s. In the summer she loved to go for walks and get sun on her arms and legs.
Erica loved all critters. She never wanted one of God’s creatures to go without food and basic needs. Over the years, she adopted several cats and made sure they were well taken care of. During the summers near Fort Garland she would host hundreds of hummingbirds. Erica had a respect for life… all life.
She loved her friends dearly and showed her love and appreciation every chance she got. As Erica’s friends we knew that she was a remarkable person with a fierce sense of independence. We will miss her and are blessed to have had her in our lives.
Erica is survived by her half-brother Paul (Helga) Exner, her niece Christina Hein both of Germany and her goddaughter Sarah Katzman of New York.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marty and her brother Wolfgang Exner.
Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements. Cremation was chosen. To leave online condolences please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.