Eve Rozsa Senn, a former 22-year resident of Pacific Palisades, died on February 23 at the age of 68.
Eve was born October 28, 1944 to Lisa and Imre Rozsa in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was also raised by her grandmother, Selma. She graduated from high school in Kenya and then traveled through Europe before attending university in England.
Eve met and married Dick Senn in 1964. While they were living in Switzerland, their first child, Mara, was born. Careers led the family back to Chicago, coinciding with the birth of their second daughter, Tana. From there, the family moved to Palo Alto before settling in Pacific Palisades in 1972.
Putting to work her travel experiences and love of people, Eve was a vice president for Abercrombie & Kent, sending clients and friends on the most exotic of holidays and safaris. Her marriage to Dick ended in divorce. After living and traveling around the world and raising a family in the Palisades, Eve moved to Santa Barbara in 1994.
Always committed to community, Eve dedicated herself to the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara Hillel, Jewish Family Service and Congregation B’nai B’rith.
Eve lived life to the fullest at every turn. She appreciated beauty, nature and friendship. She managed to positively affect everyone she met with her warmth and storytelling abilities. She loved singing, whether in the choir at synagogues or in the local opera. She painted beautiful pottery, had an amazing green thumb and was the best granny in the world. She was especially touched by the hundreds of people involved in her physical and emotional care during the last months of her life.
Eve is survived by her greatest joys — her two daughters, Mara Senn (husband Chris Michaels) of Potomac, Maryland, and their children, beloved grandsons Aaron and Seth; and Tana Senn (husband Kevin Flaherty) of Mercer Island, Washington, and their children, beloved grandchildren Benjamin and Rachel; sister Julia Smith (husband Howard Smith) of Santa Barbara; and brother Johnny Rozsa of New York.
Services were held on February 27 at Congregation B’nai B’rith, Santa Barbara, with burial immediately thereafter.
Memorial contributions in Eve’s honor may be made to Congregation B’nai B’rith’s Rabbi Discretionary Fund; Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara c/o Santa Barbara Foundation, 1111 Chapala St., Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; or City of Hope, P.O. Box 513477, Los Angeles, CA 90051-3477.
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