Born in 1909, Rosetta was the youngest of a family of ten children. They didn’t have much money, but the riches of their zany antics and laughter overflowed into the neighborhood. That love of laughter continued throughout her long life. One of her fondest childhood memories was when neighbors knocked at their door, saying, “Can we come in and laugh with you?”
Rosetta Schwartz (later Rosetta Shifrin and finally Rosetta Lachman) wrote this memoir in 1989 when she was 80 years old. Her daughter, author Morgan St. James, uncovered it and edited it in 2012, adding her own comments and those from some family members as Part II, along with a reprint of “Shopping For Dancing Shoes,” Morgan's short story about Rosetta that is the first story in "Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul."
She was a shining light—an inspiration to all. Her smile never dimmed, as seen on the cover photo taken by her grandson Jason Pransky when Rosetta was 95 years old. She passed away in 2006, just before her 97th birthday. We invite you to come on in and laugh with her.
About the Author
Rosetta Lachman was born in 1909 as the youngest child in a zany family of ten--two sisters and seven brother. Her parents emigrated to the United States from Latvia, and all of the children were born in Chicago. They didn't have much money but they had a wealth of humor. In 1989 at the age of 80 Rosetta committed her memoir to handwritten notes. Now you can share her hilarious account of a family that had so much fun the neighbors begged to come in and laugh with them. It wasn't all fun, however, and you get the full sense of this woman whose greatest talent was inspiring confidence and self-worth in others. She was one of a kind. Rosetta died in 2006 just short of her 97th birthday, but her delightful tales live on.