About Celia Rauschkolb
Here is Michele Richter Rockoff's Story, January 20, 2010
I wanted to clear up some information on my grandmother, Celia. Yes, she was hospitalized in a mental institution, on and off throughout her life. Unfortunately, I did not get to know her until I was a teenager. It was different times, and my mother tried to shield us from her. When I was a teenager, I insisted on meeting her. We did go annually after that, again, I wish it were more. She did get to meet two of my sons, in fact I have a movie of her. We would pick her up and of course, take her out to eat.
I was close to Nettie and Tianna and in fact visited them a few times when I was in Florida for spring breaks in college. We also wrote to one another over the years. My youngest son, Aaron's middle name is Noah after Nettie. I brought my husband to meet them on our return from our honeymoon since they could not come to NJ for our wedding. On one of my visits to Miami, Nettie and I went for a walk one night along the shoreline, and she finally told me the story of my grandmother's illness. When she was a teenager she was visiting the NJ shore (in fact Long Branch, where I started my college education) and she was knocked down in the tide. According to Nettie, the accident was so severe that it put pressure on her optic nerve, which then effected her brain. Nettie said that she was never the same. She had mental health issues. If it had happened today, it would have been operable, but at that time, there was no care. She was hospitalized on and off for the rest of her life. When she was stable, she would come home, but then return to institutionalization, when she became ill again. Her beauty was uncanny (as is my mother's) and when she was having a good spell, she met my grandfather, Isadore (George, as he would like to be called, and as an aside, my son Isaac is his namesake) and the family decided to deceive him and NOT tell him about her condition. They fell in love and got married. My grandfather was a photographer (I fortunately inherited his eye for picture taking) and we have hundreds of photos. My mother was conceived and delivered when she was well, but when she became pregnant with Jack, she had a setback and he was born in an institution. My mother and Jack were raised by nannies. In the beginning, it wasn't easy to find a dependable person, but eventually, he found a woman named Ida, who they adored. My grandfather did the best he could.
My grandmother did come out of the institution on and off throughout her life. She would be in programs, but there were always setbacks. Most of her life was at Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood, Long Island. The last year or two of her life, Pilgrim State was trying to get the older patients out and she was placed in a nursing home. She was very happy there, but unfortunately, her heart gave out. She died in 1980....
Although the birth dates do not agree. But the parents' names are a match.
RootsWeb ======= has a "Lelig" Kreinik, I think it is a misreading of "Celia."
ID: I102 Name: Lelig KREINIK Sex: F Birth: 25 Nov 1897 in New York Death: 10 Apr 1980 in New York
Father: Joseph KREINIK b: BEF 1880
Mother: FREIDA b: BEF 1880
Marriage 1 Isadore RAUSCHKOLB b: 25 Nov 1885 in New York Children
1. Has Children Jacob Jack RAUSCH b: 6 Jan 1929 in Bronx, New York
(DJ hasn't bee able to trace JJ Rausch)
Celia Rauschkolb's Timeline
November 25, 1897
New York, New York, NY, USA
Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, My Sister Celia:
There is no mental taint in the family so far as I have heard, all the way back, in my parents' memory. Celia was stricken with Spanish flu, which damaged nerves connecting with her eyes. She could not focus properly, eventually was cured, but she lost control over emotions, had to be hospitalized, and eventually was institutionalized at Pilgrim State. She was married in one of her good periods, had two children, got sick in between, and finally, after taking her home, her good periods grew shorter.
Her son and daughter are married, perfectly normal people. Their daughter, to make sure, consulted our doctor (Dr. Holland, a noted Internist in N.Y., now deceased) and he laughed at her, assured her there was absolutely no mental or congenital condition or illness brought about by destroyed or sick nerves in the head somewhere, (I have no knowledge of the technical term). Her two children are brilliant, and one recently married, so Celia's grandchildren may present her with great-grands. I'm explaining all this because we feel Celia's life has been justified, despite her sickness. She is visited by the family whenever possible, packages mailed, and correspondence. You should see her letters--perfectly normal and intelligent. Her good periods do not last--she has no control.
A beautiful girl, still a beautiful woman, though lobotomy resulted in overweight. As a psychologist, you will agree with me, just common sensely, that her despair at 16, her "life over" when her eyes went back on her, etc. and a little envy of her married and marrying sisters. She had no trouble finding a very fine young man whom she married. She was able to stay well a year at a time.
(This letter was found in carbon copy among papers I (David Jacobowitz) got from my brother Jay who had them from our father Norman Jacobowitz. The reference to "As a psychologist" may mean that the letter was written to me and Norman had a copy.)
November 25, 1921
April 10, 1980