Regine Brown, nee Chaletsky, aged 96 died August 15 at the Community at Rockhill in Sellersville, PA after a short illness due to complications of Alzheimer’s. She had been a resident of Rockhill for six years and previously lived in Langhorne for many years.
Mrs. Brown was born in Paris, France and grew up during the Nazi occupation. She and her mother barely escaped the Holocaust on several occasions. The family still has the yellow star she was forced to wear. She spoke about fleeing Paris with German Stuka dive bombers strafing the road around her and people being killed to her left and right. Unfortunately, her father and brother were killed fighting the Germans.
She met my father, a GI who stayed in Europe after the war. They came to the US in 1947 to Philadelphia where her husband’s family lived. Her husband died in 1956. She was left in a new country with no family and three small children. By the brunt of hard work and determination she raised three children, worked full time and went to school at night. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from the Warton School of Finance. Mrs. Brown was a senior financial analyst for the state of New Jersey. She was also a member of the advisory board for the pension fund for NJ state employees. As such she made investment decisions for the multibillion-dollar fund.
She traveled the world extensively including Israel. She was a life member of Hadassah. She loved to garden. She was an excellent seamstress and loved classical music. She was a long time and active member of MENSA.
She is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.