Susette Rabinowitz


Rabinowitz, Susette, 80, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Tamarisk Assisted Living. She was the beloved wife of the late Warren Rabinowitz. Devoted mother of Gary Rabinowitz of Cranston and Jon Rabinowitz (Michal) of Tenafly, NJ.  Dear sister of the late Robert Herz.  Loving grandmother of Romi and Mia.

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, a daughter of the late Fred and Ruth (Wolfe) Herz, she had lived in Warwick for 2 ½ years, previously living in Boca Raton, FL and a longtime resident of Cranston. A longtime activist and proponent for active senior care, she was the Director of Senior Services for the City of Cranston for 20 years and the Executive Director for Jewish Seniors Agency, retiring in 2005. She was instrumental in the creation of Tamarisk, where she spent her final years. Susette was a co-founder of VICS (Volunteers in Cranston Schools) and inducted into the Cranston Hall of Fame in 2000. She was also a life member of Hadassah.

Funeral services will be held MONDAY at 11:30 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at Tamarisk on Monday from 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday from 1-3 & 5-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, RI 02886.


  1. Michele M
    Feb 18, 2022

    Gary and Jon, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. It was my pleasure getting to know such an amazing women. Susette was adored by everyone who knew her. Please accept my warmest condolences. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

  2. Esta & Paul
    Feb 18, 2022

    Gary, Jon and family, there are no words. Watching her deteriorate was painful. She was such an active, vital person. I enjoyed taking her out for lunch when she she was still ambliatory.

  3. Rosalie Johnson
    Feb 18, 2022

    I was a VICS coordinator in the 1980’s and reporting to Sue. She was always so kind and helpful to me. R.I.P. Susette

  4. Paula tillinghast
    Feb 18, 2022

    I am heartbroken. A cherished friend, a sister, a mentor and just a fun person to be with. Sue did so much for so many. She stood up for her senior citizens, she was very devoted. . We have lost one of the best.
    Bob, Sarah and I send our sincere sympathy to you all .
    Nothing made her more proud than her boys and her grandkids.

  5. Karen Previte
    Feb 19, 2022

    Gary, Jon and family,
    I send my sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear Mom. She was a constant smiling presence at Tam. I am thankful to have known her these past years. May pleasant memories sustain you in the most difficult of days.

    Karen (Concierge at Tamarisk)

  6. Kara Marzial
    Feb 19, 2022

    Dearest Jon,

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. She was such an amazing woman and I always admired her. She was the mom who was “ahead of her time.” There wasn’t anything she was afraid to tackle, and she accomplished so, so much. Additionally, our collective family connection runs deep, going all the way back to our grandparents. My fondness for the Herz family remains in my heart. I wish you comfort during this difficult time. May your mom rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing.

    With love & sympathy,
    “As Always”

  7. Sheila Shaulson
    Feb 19, 2022

    Our sincere condolences on mom’s passing. Hoping your fond memories bring you comfort at this sad time and may she RIP .Sheila, David, Joseph, and Sam

  8. donna p
    Feb 19, 2022

    dear Jon and Gary
    sam and I are so sadden by your great loss. We are not able to be with you on Monday in person but only in spirit.
    She was a great friend to me. All those mornings years ago we walked and talked. I could always call her at 11 PM and not wake her up! I am glad I got to see her this year if only briefly.
    our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    donna & sam

  9. Stanley Freedman
    Feb 20, 2022

    I’m so sorry Sue won’t be here anymore.
    We were friends since the age of 14.
    She did so much good for people.
    Sue will be blessed.

  10. Hector Figueroa
    Feb 20, 2022

    Gary, Jon & family, My warmest condolences to you all. Susette was a very outstanding person and will be remembered for her advocacy for & sympathy toward others. The world is definitely a better place because of people like her.

  11. Emili Vaziri
    Feb 20, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. She was an amazing lady. My condolences to the family.

  12. Joe Murphy
    Feb 20, 2022

    Gary & Jon,
    My condolences to you and your Families on the passing of your Mother.
    Your Mom and Dad were very Special people to myself as well as many others.
    They are now together again – may they Rest in Peace. Let the fond memories serve as assistance during this difficult time.
    Stay Well.
    Joe Murphy

  13. Phyllis Kay Mulberry
    Feb 20, 2022

    I have such fond memories of decorating your home in Cranston and working with your wonderful mother. She wasn’t just a client, she was a lovely and caring friend whom I will always hold in my heart.
    Gary and Jon and family, she adored you all so much, you where her pride and joy.

  14. Kevin Flynn
    Feb 21, 2022

    I worked with Susette for many years in Cranston, from the very beginnings of the senior center, and through its planning, construction and operation. She was a ‘force to be reckoned with’. Smart, creative, deeply committed to helping others, and funny. She had very high standards, but always for the benefit of the public that she served so well, and for so many years. Her legacy lives on in that center, and she will be greatly missed by so many. Including me.
    My deepest sympathies to her children, grandchildren, and other family and friends.

  15. Rosalind Kurzer
    Feb 21, 2022

    I have memories of your Mom when we were colleagues. We collaborated on projects when she lead VICs and CSS. I can still here her name being called at CSS. She was a dedicated, passionate perfectionist and I loved our time together. She made her mark on this planet, that’s all any of us can hope for.
    My deep sympathy.

  16. miriam plitt
    Feb 21, 2022

    So sorry to hear about your mom, she was one dynamic woman achieving the best for the community and seniors. I was a student of your dad Warren at RI College. Your dad helped me to find my goals career wise and I will always remember him. May your mom and dad rest in peace.

  17. Ellen Robinson
    Feb 22, 2022

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing away. My condolences to both of you and your family
    Ellen Robinson

  18. Alan and Debra Sirota
    Feb 23, 2022

    Gary, and Jon and family
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom, who we always admired. May her memory be a blessing.

  19. Bobbi & Borrah
    Feb 24, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. Our condolences to you. She was a special woman.

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