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Laura Rietbrock Keswani

SALISBURY — Laura Rietbrock Keswani, 48, of New York City and Salisbury, passed away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City on Feb. 6, 2019.

Laura was born on March 2,1970, in Morgantown,W. Va., to Dr. Michael Rietbrock and Daina Peterson. In 1972 the family moved to Oconomowoc, Wisc., where Laura spent her childhood and graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1988.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Laura followed her brother Mike to New York City and worked as a child advocate. Laura also served on the board of trustees for The Spence School.

Laura met her brother’s good friend Raj Keswani in the summer of 1994 and soon her family knew she wouldn’t  be returning to the Midwest! Laura married the love of her life in September 1996 in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Laura’s great passion in life was her family. She became a mother in August 1998 to Sophia, and in May 2001, Alex arrived. She was an extraordinary wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. 

On Feb. 6, 2017, Laura was diagnosed with glioblastoma, and with great courage and grace she underwent surgeries and treatment for two years. 

Laura is survived by her beloved husband Raj M. Keswani, dear daughter Sophia and devoted son Alex.

Also surviving are her mother Daina (and Gary) Peterson, father Dr. Mike (and Amy) Rietbrock, devoted brother Mike Rietbrock Jr., and his children Michael and Anna, and brothers Joseph and Matthew  Rietbrock.

She is further survived by her uncle John Kins and family,  her godmother Dr. Ena Neparts, mother-in-law Dr. Satty Gill-Keswani, extended family and countless friends. 

Laura was preceded in death by her grandparents Fred and Josephine Rietbrock, Talivaldis and Anna Kins, brother Paul Rietbrock, father-in-law Moti Keswani and godfather Arturs Neparts. 

Laura’s memorial service was held on Feb. 8, 2019, at The Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Michele Berko-Field, Office of Development, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 885 Second Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017.