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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
A long life of caring
A beloved volunteer who soothed newborns and their mothers for 50 years as a nurse’s aide and volunteer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center died Sunday night.
Rose Finkelstein (left) of Brookline was 101 years old. She regularly won awards for the most hours volunteered after retiring in 1976, including 582 hours this year, the hospital said.
In 2004 she told Globe columnist Eileen McNamara her philosophy.
“Activity, attitude and determination, that’s it. All you need to keep going,” she said. “Oh, and you’ve got to have a sense of humor, or you’re licked.”
She would sing to babies in the nursery or to staff on the desk, Deirdre Woolley, nurse manager of obstetrics, said in a memo sent to hospital staff by Rabbi Terry Bard, director of pastoral care and education.
“We were the lucky ones that Rose chose to work with and we are better for it every day,” she said.