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Risa S Rosengard 1966-2006

Risa Singer Rosengard was a talented, much-admired woman from Needham, Massachusetts, who was raised in Newton, MA. She died in 2006 at age 39, from complications of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In 2005, Risa bravely faced her illness, and undertook an ambitious and risky stem cell transplant procedure. She was proud of both her family and her career and left behind two lovely daughters (Mia and Olivia - then ages 5 and 3), and her beloved husband Glenn. For much of her successful banking career, Risa was oriented toward the youth market and after 15 years at Bank of America (first, as BayBank, then as Bank of Boston, and then as Fleet Bank), she attained the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Risa’s dream was to help families that have been affected and impacted by cancer. The Risa S Rosengard Foundation, established in her memory, funds organizations nationwide whose missions are geared towards providing counseling, therapy and support for children and spouses of those who are being treated for, or have lost their battle to, cancer.

Devoted wife of Glenn. Loving mother of Mia and Olivia. Cherished daughter of Leon and Harriet (Harnch) Singer. Dear sister of Alan & Leslie Singer, Gail & Clifford Harrison and the late Dr. Dana Jay Singer. Dear daughter-in-law of Charles & Jeanne (Rogers) Rosengard. Fond sister-in-law of Drs. Bruce & Ariella Rosengard and Daniel & Lan Rosengard. Special aunt of Rachel, Daniel & David Singer, Thomas, Sarah & Benjamin Harrison, Heather & Michael Rosengard and Milo Rosengard.

“Everyone who knew Risa will miss her humor, intelligence, and love of life. We are all diminished by her passing. “

“It was my sincerest pleasure and honor to work alongside Risa as part of the Red Cross family. Risa's commitment to her family and community were always very evident and without question.”

“It was a pleasure to be part of Risa's life. From Camp Naomi to Junior high, to high-school, to endless sleep overs, to working together at Cape Cod Ice Cream and now lastly as mothers: mothers of daughters. We often joked that having beautiful daughters would be pay back for our teenage frolics. We had a lot of fun together, lots of stories and great memories…”

“You don't kill magic and Risa, my beautiful, loving, quick niece was/is always magic to me, to her husband and to her beautiful children. My heart breaks, but her magic stays”

“Don't cry for her death, but smile for the natural gifts she has given to you and the wonderful memories of her that cannot be taken away! Today is not a day of sorrow for her death. It is a celebration of her life - the life that emanates from within you and will always brighten our days!”