Eve Rozsa Senn

Date of Birth

October 28, 1944

Date of Death

February 24, 2013

City of Death

Santa Barbara

Eve was born October 28, 1944 to Lisa and Imre Rozsa in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was also raised by her grandmother Selma. Eve graduated high school in Kenya and then traveled through Europe before attending university in England. Eve met and married Dick Senn in 1964.

While 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, CA for several years before settling in Pacific Palisades, CA. Putting her travel experiences and love of people to work, Eve was a vice president for Abercrombie & Kent, sending clients and friends on the most exotic of holidays and safaris. Eve’s marriage to Dick ended in divorce.

After life-adventures living and traveling around the world and raising a family in Pacific Palisades, Eve arrived in Santa Barbara nearly 20 years ago. 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.

Surviving Eve are her greatest joys – her two daughters, Mara Senn (and husband Chris Michaels) of Potomac, MD, and their children, beloved grandsons Aaron and Seth; and Tana Senn (and husband Kevin Flaherty) of Mercer Island, WA and their children, beloved grandchildren Benjamin and Rachel; sister Julia Smith (and husband Howard Smith) of Santa Barbara; brother Johnny Rozsa of NY, NY; her niece Lana Smith-Hale (and husband Daniel Hale), and nephew Daniel Smith.

Services will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12 pm at Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111, with burial immediately thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Eve 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 Street, Suite 200, SB, CA 93101; or City of Hope, PO Box 513477, LA, CA 90051-3477.


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