Carol Szerina Rotkin


Rotkin, Carol Szerina, 96, died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the RI Veterans Home. Born in New York City, NY, a daughter of the late Sol and Irene (Gluck) Leeds, she was a longtime resident of RI. She was a Case Aid for the Department of Children and Family for the State of RI for over 25 years, retiring in 1994. Carol was a WWII Navy Veteran from 1943-45, serving at the Seabee Base, RI and Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY. She was a graduate of Jamaica High School in NY, Class of ‘39.  Carol was a member of Temple Emanu-El and its Leisure Club, and life member of Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women and the former JHA. She was also past President and life member of National Waves Unit 118 (now called Military Women Across the Nation, Unit 118 RI), past Quarter Master of JWV Post 23, life member of the National JWV, first female President of the United Veteran’s Council, and member of the Veteran’s Wall Committee at Lincoln Park Cemetery.  Carol was also a member of the Cranston Senior Guild and the Cranston and North Kingstown Senior Centers.  Devoted mother of Shelley Regan of Scituate, Lawrence Rotkin of GA and the late Bruce Rotkin. Dear sister of the late Barbara Leeds. Loving grandmother of Michael Regan and Brian Regan, and his wife, Kim.  Cherished great grandmother of Elijah and Brody Regan. Loving aunt of Betty, Mitchell, Molly, Harold, Marc, and Gayle. Adored great aunt of a plethora of nieces and nephews and their children. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 7th at 12:30 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. The family requests for guests to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Wall Fund, c/o Commander Gorodetsky, 46 Bagy Wrinkle Cove, Warren, RI 02885 or Military Women Across the Nation, Unit 118 RI, c/o Estelle O’Connell, Treasurer, 58 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport, RI 02840.  Shiva will be private.


  1. Sharon Nelson
    Jan 3, 2019

    Shelley I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember your mom’s great personality. Prayers for God’s strength during this time of grief.

  2. Gina and Stephen Doherty
    Jan 4, 2019

    We are so sad. We will miss her. She was a very funny sweet lady. Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate!
    Navy Pride

  3. Mary Lou Humes
    Jan 6, 2019

    I worked with Carol during her early years at Child Welfare. She was a fine person. Rest in peace, dear friend. My sympathies to your family.

  4. Janice Carnevale
    Jan 6, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I worked with Carol for many years at DCYF. She was a trooper and a pleasure to work with. She always found the humor in the craziest of situations. Never let something like aging slow her down. God bless her and all who knew and loved her.

  5. Richard Michaud
    Jan 7, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Carol was a great union president and a great advisor to me.

  6. Donna M. Folcarelli
    Jan 9, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I worked many years with Carol at DCYF. I also was her secretary when she was the Union President .

    I remember Carol selling her Avon at work.

    Carol served her country and was a great advocate for Veterans.

    I will miss her.

    May she rest in Peace.

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