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  • Name Rosel Harriet Hoffberger  [2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1928  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Married Name Schewel 
    Died 28 sept 2017  Lynchburgh VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age ~ 89 years 
      Baltimore Sun on Oct. 1, 2017

      Rosel Hoffberger Schewel, a native of Baltimore, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 28, 2017. With her death, Lynchburg, Va. lost an extraordinary citizen-a philanthropist, teacher, scholar, mentor, political activist, founder, board leader, and a champion for public education, racial justice and the rights of women.

      Rosel's first and deepest commitment was always to her family and friends. She and Elliot Schewel shared a loving marriage for 68 years. While raising her family, Rosel also had a distinguished career as a special education teacher and later as an Associate Professor of Education at Lynchburg College, falling in with a group of exciting young scholars. Perhaps unique in American education, Rosel not only served on the faculty of the college but chaired its board of trustees as well. On top of her professional career, Rosel's civic involvement was remarkable.

      Her Park School high school yearbook bears this inscription beneath her photograph: "An iron fist in a velvet glove." Nowhere was her iron fist more in evidence than in her first civic involvement in Lynchburg as a Girl Scout leader. As president of the local Girl Scout Council in the early 1950s, Rosel insisted that the new scout camp, Camp Sacajawea, allow black and white scouts equally to attend. Some board members resigned in protest, but Rosel persisted and succeeded. Rosel's specialty was founding and building institutions. At the end of her life, she said that her proudest achievements were helping to found the Lynchburg League of Women Voters in the early 1950's, the Women's Resource Center in the 1970's, and Beacon of Hope in the 2010's.

      Rosel was a feminist and proud of it. When local women formed a group to recruit and fund women running for office, they named it "Rosel's List." Rosel was the first woman to serve on the board of Virginia Baptist Hospital, the first woman to serve on and chair the board of Lynchburg College and the first woman to serve as president of Agudath Shalom Synagogue. The great cause of her final years was Beacon of Hope, the non-profit she cherished whose mission is to enable all of Lynchburg's high school graduates to get a post-secondary education.

      Rosel was a graduate of Hood College, received M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees and an honorary doctorate from Lynchburg College. She is survived by her husband, former Sen. Elliot Schewel; by her children, Steve and his spouse Lao Rubert, Michael and his spouse Priscilla Burbank, and Susan and her spouse Lizzy Schmidt; and her grandchildren, Laura Schewel, Elias Schewel, Abraham Schewel and his spouse Lauren Lee, Benjamin Schewel and his spouse Keri, and Solomon Schewel. She is also survived by a newborn great-grandson just born to Ben and Keri-Elliot Daniel Schewel.

      Funeral services for Rosel will be conducted by Rabbi John Nimon at Agudath Shalom Synagogue at 11:00 am on Monday, October 2. In lieu of flowers, Rosel requested donations be made in her name to Beacon of Hope, P.O. Box 1261, Lynchburg, Va. 24505. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

    Person ID P352  Flack Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father Samuel Herman Hoffberger,   b. 19 May 1888, Baltimore MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1961, Baltimore MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Gertrude Miller,   b. 22 Feb 1895, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1981, Baltimore MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elliot S Schewel,   b. 20 Jun 1924,   d. 15 Dec 2019  (Age 95 years) 
     1. Michael Jay Schewel
     2. Steve Schewel
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F134  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1928 - Maryland Link to Google Earth
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    Rosel Hoffberger Schewel
    Rosel Hoffberger Schewel
    Elliot and Rosel Schewel
    Elliot and Rosel Schewel

  • Sources 
    1. [S418858734] Ancestry Family Trees, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.

    2. [S418858762] 1940 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Year: 1940; Census Place: Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland; Roll: m-t0627-01525; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 4-429.

    3. [S418858808] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

    4. [S418859019] Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia.