A 35-year Dayton Lane, East Hampton, resident, Elizabeth Holmes-Rosenberg died on Dec. 15 at Visiting Nurse Hospice in Northport after a stroke, her daughter, Trisha Mackay of East Moriches, said. She was 69 and had been in declining health for about five years.
It was as a member of a production of “Murder in the Cathedral” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, that she discovered what would be her life’s passions: community theater, and Norman Rosenberg, whom she would eventually marry, on Oct. 18, 1991.
She became active in theater circles here from the 1970s through the 1990s, with, in succession, the Guild Hall Players, the Saloon Players, which performed at the Woodshed Saloon in Bridgehampton, and the Community Theater Company at Guild Hall. At various times she was a producer, assistant to the director, assistant stage manager, and ran the light boards for productions.
She was born Elizabeth Moses in Mineola on May 11, 1942, to William Moses and the former Marie Johnson, whose family lived on North Haven. She grew up there, attending school in Sag Harbor and graduating from Pierson High School in 1959.
She lived in New York City for a time, where she graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School in 1960 and worked until 1963, when she returned to eastern Long Island. She was the assistant to the rector at St. Luke’s from 1969 to 1971, then was hired by the Amaden Gay Insurance Agencies on Gay Lane in East Hampton. She worked there until 2009, first in customer service, then as a claims manager, then as its comptroller.
Her daughter said her mother was very proud of her involvement on a committee that planned celebrations for East Hampton’s 350th anniversary in 1998. She was a “huge” user of the East Hampton Library and enjoyed reading biographies and historical fiction, and did needlepoint, Ms. Mackay said.
She was “very, very generous,” Ms. Mackay said, and had many friends. A constant companion was her bearded collie, Lady Sophie of Dayton, better known as Sophie, who now lives with her daughter and daughter’s family in East Moriches.
Ms. Holmes-Rosenberg always looked forward to visits from her granddaughter, Chloe Rose Mackay, and her son-in-law, Daniel Mackay, her daughter said.
Mr. Rosenberg, whom she had known as a young woman before becoming re-acquainted through the theater, died on Nov. 4, 2007. A previous marriage ended in divorce.
Ms. Mackay suggested memorial contributions to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.
A memorial service will be private.