19 Jan

85 year old LILO Foster is 2012 Citizen of the Year of the Rappahannock News 50 year tradition of naming people of note. Lilo, grandmother to Ariele Foster,  teaches regular weekly yoga classes, at Washington’s Trinity Episcopal Church and other sites in WarrenCounty, for more than 26 years.

Lilo, trained as a dancer, first began teaching yoga to school colleagues as a way for them to deal with the stresses of the job.

Ariele has her own practice in DC.

I know Ariele. She was part of my journey back to walking. Ariele is the first YOGA DPT in WashingtonDC. Ariele talked about her grandmother. On occasion Ariele and Lilo shared teaching classes. What impressed me was Ariele sharing that Lilo had practiced Yoga since she was little. Lilo is a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Lilo then Lilo Rosengarten would not talk about the horrors she suffered at the hands of the Nazis. Lilo was raised Jewish by her Jewish father and Aryan-Lutheran mother. Technically, not born of a Jewish mother, Lilo was Christian. Didn’t matter to the Nazis who interred her in a labor camp where she worked and where she lost her father, mother, brother and numerous other loved ones. Lilo told the Northern Virginia Daily in 2009 “When I think back, I don’t know how we lived through this. But we did.” Lilo met James Foster a US soldier from Rappahannock County while working for the occupation troops. They married in 1947.

Lilo is described as “Irrepressibly optimistic” “A role model” on “how to approach the last decades of our lives with dignity, grace, humor and with a spirit to overcome obstacles.”


One Response to “LILO LOVES:”

  1. Ariele Foster (@ArieleYoga) January 22, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Carrie, Thanks so much for sharing my grandma’s story. She is a remarkable human with a very touching story and her students are amazingly dedicated to her. Lilo’s not feeling so great right now, so I would deeply appreciate anyone who is is moved to please send her all the love and prayers that you got! Best wishes, Ariele

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