In Remembrance of Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen

Dunmore, PA December 7, 1921 ~ February 28, 2014 Date of Service: March 3, 2014

Sam Rosen, 92, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

Born in Secovce, Czechoslovakia, on Dec. 7, 1921, to Esther and Bernard Rosenwasser, Sam had six brothers and five sisters, who along with his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, were killed during the Holocaust. By a great deal of luck and sheer will, Sam was able to survive the atrocities of the war. Shortly after the ceasefire, he met and married his late wife, (Holocaust survivor) Olga Sunyog Rosen. They seized the opportunity to move to America, where they started a new life and began the slow process of building and nurturing a new family.

Living in Scranton, Pa., since 1953, Sam worked in the pretzel manufacturing and brokerage business (National Pretzel/Anderson Bakery/ Jelias Inc.) until he retired at the age of 90. A devoted and active member of the Scranton community, Sam volunteered all of his free time to numerous civic and charitable organizations. Among his greatest contributions was his dedicated effort to educate society about the lessons of the Holocaust. In the past 20 years, Sam has spoken to public schools, universities and community groups of all faiths and backgrounds, reliving the horrors he experienced in order to teach others the lessons of the true impact of bigotry and racism with the mantra of "Never Forget/Never Again."

He is survived by two sons, Raymond (Debby Rubinow), York, Pa.; and Steve (Eleanore' Coutin), Tarzana, Calif. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Lisa (Philip) Kroop, Jessica (Chad) Harvey, Dr. Brett Rosen, Marissa Rosen and Nicole Rosen; and four great-grandchildren, Olivia and Tyler Kroop and Gavin and Hannah Harvey; as well as his longtime beloved companion, Ruth Gelb.

Services will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel of Scranton, located at Monroe Avenue and Gibson Street. Shiva will be observed at the home of Raymond Rosen on Thursday, March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., as well as on Friday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

Scranton friends may pay their respects to Ruth Gelb at her home (619 Colfax Ave.) on Thursday, March 6, from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sam and Olga Rosen Family Holocaust Fund, c/o the Jewish Federation of NEPA, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.

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Steve Brauner
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Sam Rosen
Reply #7 on : Wed March 05, 2014, 22:17:58
To Steve, Raymond, Ruthie and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father was a wonderful man who will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of meeting him. I will always remember his warm greeting and his caring manner whenever and where ever I ran into him and especially at Temple. May he always be a blessed memory and source of strength to all of you.
Audrey Harrell
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Sam Rosen
Reply #6 on : Wed March 05, 2014, 15:14:15
Thank You Sam, your many Good Deeds will live on forever. We will miss you always.
Shalom, Audrey Harrell -
a Temple Hesed member
Suzanne Karg
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Heartfelt Sympathy
Reply #5 on : Mon March 03, 2014, 19:25:52
I had the honor of having heard Mr. Rosen's amazing personal testimony at Marywood's Holocaust Symposium. He so powerfully shared, as he taught the lesson, "Never Forget/Never Again!"

I join you in thanking God for his extrordinary life. Now together we shall do our best to do as he urged--and together we shall greatly miss him!
CAROL & DENNIS HENRY
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Re: In Remembrance of Sam Rosen
Reply #4 on : Mon March 03, 2014, 14:52:10
SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WHAT A LIFE, IT WAS SO GREAT SAM SHARED HIS EXPERIENCES AND BELIEF. HIS IMPACT WAS WIDE SPREAD. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR DEEPEST CONDOLANCES...CAROL & DENNIS HENRY
Max & Kellee Feldman
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We'll Miss Him
Reply #3 on : Mon March 03, 2014, 14:39:23
Your father, Sam, was a big part of our lives in Scranton. I remember he and my dad, Phil, walking around the lake every chance they could. When my father was wavering Sam was always very supportive.
We will miss his stories and his forever happy face.
Our deepest condolences.
Larry Cohen
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Heart Felt Condolence
Reply #2 on : Mon March 03, 2014, 11:13:00
Steve: it is with the deepest sorrow I have learned of the passing of your dad. My condolences to your entire family. Your dad was always so friendly to me beginning when we were kids and continued always with a friendly conversation every time we ran into each other. He was a mensch and a pillar of the community and will be sadly missed. Larry Cohen
Mary Ann Siconolfi
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Condolence
Reply #1 on : Mon March 03, 2014, 10:33:50
My sincere sympathy to the family on the loss of Mr. Rosen who I wish I had the pleasure of knowing. I admired him for his work with the Holocaust memorial. I keep those victims in my prayers. May he rest in peace with God.
Mary Ann Siconolfi