of the Church
Suzanne and Allan Rosenthal
Suzanne and Allan were both born on the east
coast, Suzanne in Bethesda, MD and Allan in Tonawanda, NY
(near Buffalo). Suzanne and Allan both came west, Allan in
1964 and Suzanne in 1965 to the Seattle area. Suzanne is a
cradle Catholic, Allan raised a Lutheran.
They met on a blind date in 1993 and married in 1994. A co-worker
thought they would be a perfect match because they were both
“list makers”. Allan is self-employed, working
in real estate investments and management. Suzanne has her
BS in Nursing from the Udub. She is a RN case manager for
HDI, part of AIG insurance; she works with out of state claimants
with work-related injuries.
Suzanne was always active in St. Monica’s Parish in
CYO, Youth Group, etc. But when she went to public school
for junior and senior high school as well as Community College,
she became less active. They joined St. Anne Parish about
2002 and several years later, about 2005, Marilyn Simon asked
Suzanne if she’d like to be a Eucharistic Minister.
Since Suzanne had done that before in college, she agreed.
But that was only the beginning. Marilyn subsequently told
her about Cabrini Ministry, a weekly, nine-month training
(AND four Saturdays!) for lay ministers. Now Suzanne takes
Holy Communion to parishioners in their homes as well as helping
at Viewpointe Retirement Community when Marilyn is away or
needs time away.
In the meantime, Allan went through the RCIA program with
Sr. Marilyn and Fr. Bob. Not to be outdone, he ushers at the
Saturday evening Mass, participates in the Peace and Justice
Book Club and is currently a member of the Pastoral Council.
They both, along with 3 1/2 year old daughter AnneMarie, help
maintain the planting beds around the church. Allan has also
brought his paint brushes and rollers to the church and has
begun doing a few “handy-man” jobs: repairing,
Suzanne feels our parish is warm, welcoming
and friendly; Allan always seemed to have Catholic friends
when he was growing up that were funny and friendly and he
finds that here, too. Even though they lead busy lives, they
still make participation at St. Anne a priority which is obvious
by their involvement. We are certainly lucky to have them