Losing someone who made the world a better place

I couldn’t let Rose Mattus’ death pass unnoticed. Who is she, you ask? Only one of the people who made the world or, at least, my world, a much, much better place:

Rose Mattus, who launched Haagen-Dazs ice cream with her husband, peddling the super-premium treat in grocery stores, has died. She was 90.

Mattus died Tuesday, according to Gutterman-Musicant Funeral Directors in Hackensack.

Mattus, who lived in Cresskill, N.J., had been the controller of Haagen-Dazs Inc. Her husband, Reuben Mattus, died in 1994.

The company was formed around 1960, having morphed from her husband’s family’s decades-old business in New York City’s Bronx borough. Reuben Mattus concocted the nonsensical name Haagen-Dazs, which means nothing in any language, for the brand that became famous for its super-rich recipes.

During the company’s early years, Rose Mattus would offer samples in grocery stores.

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UPDATE:  I corrected the post title, replacing “bless” with the intended “place.”  Never write posts when you’re in a hurry (which is most of the time for me).

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  • Patrick O’Hannigan

    It’s nice of you to mark her passing. I remember blogging about the death of the woman who had been matriach of the In-n-Out burger restaurants for many years. But Haagen-Daz is a national brand, and I don’t think In-n-Out has expanded beyond California, Arizona, and Nevada.

    I do like those rich ice creams, just as you do.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    I always thought Haagen-Daz was Dutch or something. I once ate a tank (circ gallon) of ice cream at once. Took about 3 or 4 sittings.

    Ice cream is what makes civilization great.

  • http://helenl.wordpress.com/ helenl

    “Ice cream is what makes civilization great.” Just so you know, Ymarsakar, I wish I’d said that!

  • Marguerite

    It was a bleak day indeed when our nearby HD parlor closed. I’ve been questing ever since for another place to get my ice cream fix and have settled on Coldstone Creamery, or I make it myself. I’ve been known to bury it in the freezer under the vegetables.

  • http://arosebyname.wordpress.com/ Anna

    It’s a little creepy, we were discussing bad habits just today and one friend said his was Haagen Dazs Strawberry and mine was Haagen Dazs Chocolate-Chocolate Chip! We must have felt her presence near!

  • http://RadioPatriot.blogspot.com Andrea / Mark

    Strawberry is Mark’s favorite.

    Mine is anything chocolaty and chunky.

    We get it for under $3.75 a pint at the local supermarket on shopping day, or close to $4 at the local 7-11 for those “gotta have it” moments.

    And we were just talking about it today in the live chatroom during our show today! What a coincidence.

    Interesting post. Interesting place you’ve got here, Miz Bookworm!

    We’ll be back! But first, where did I leave my spoon….