OBITUARY

Jeffrey Rosen

December 27, 1941February 8, 2014

Jeffrey Kenneth Rosen

I've always loved that line from Pete Seeger's song: that he gets up each morning and checks the obits to see if he's listed. Well, I finally made it! I lost my battle with cancer on February 8, 2014.

My wife, Huda Karaman Rosen, and I arrived in Ann Arbor in 1974. We raised a family with our two daughters (Suma and Salwa) and then when Suma married, her husband Geoff joined our family too.

Along the way to get here, I did a number of things: taught high school general science, was a partner in a lab animal quality control company, got my PhD in kidney physiology from Brown University, taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, and was the assistant to the director of the Amphibian Facility in the Zoology Department at the University of Michigan. But the highlight of my working career (and what a highlight it was, lasting for 27 years!) was to work as a Business Analyst, a Systems Analyst and a Programmer at the U-M Hospital Systems in the computer department (MCIT). I loved every day I was there – even the rough ones!

I retired in 2005 and since then I have been volunteering at The Dispute Resolution Center here in Ann Arbor and also as a volunteer driver at Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels.

If you are so inclined, you can make a donation to either The Dispute Resolution Center or Packard Health Clinic. These two non-profits are doing beautiful work providing services that are needed to help people in our community.

I invite you to join my friends and family at my memorial service on Saturday, February 15, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (4001 Ann Arbor - Saline Road). The memorial will be from 11:30 - 3:00pm, with a service from 12:00-1:00pm and refreshments to follow.

Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Donald, Lorrie & Joe Bondick

March 30, 2014

To All the Rosen Family & Friends,

Our deepest condolences on your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Peace In Your Heart, Mind and Spirit - Always,

Josie Ann Lee

March 3, 2014

Huda,

We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Jeff. We so enjoyed the time we got to spend with him. We are all thinking of you and wishing you peace during this very difficult time.

Your BMT family

Haifa Rubaie

February 21, 2014

Dear Huda,
It is with profound sadness I extend to you my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Jeff. He was much loved & utterly respected, he left a legacy of love, tolerance and peace. Your loss is enormous and no one can fill his place in your heart. I am so sorry, I just heard today though a colleague of mine Natalie & Carl. As I reflect back on the old & strong relationship between the Karaman & Houry families of Haifa, Palestine. Besides, your were a very dear friend to my mom ( Suad). Rest in peace our dear Jeff. May God give you peace and comfort. with my sincere love,

Anton Shammas

February 15, 2014

When I heard the sad news about the departure of Jeff, one of my favorite memories of him became very tangible. Some thirteen years ago or so, Huda and Jeff came to visit us in our new house. I think our kids had prepared a small show in their honor, and we were sitting in the basement, watching. I remember Jeff walking around the basement later, and stopping at the door of the laundry room. The light in the laundry room was off, and the door of the dryer was open a crack. “There's light inside your dryer,” he said, surprised. I wasn't sure what he meant, or why was that a surprising thing for him. Noticing my puzzlement he added, “I've never seen a dryer with light inside it before!” When, later, I told that to Rachel, my wife, she said Jeff was probably joking. But I'm not sure he was. There was a genuine, innocent surprise in his voice, and we both stood there watching that sliver of light in the dark room. Whenever I conjure up that moment, there's a sense of epiphany that surrounds it; a sense of pausing and reflecting on the most ordinary things in life, at the most unexpected moments, when small things like light glowing out of a dryer form an anchor point in our minds and memories and lives.

Now whenever I open the door of that dryer I remember Jeff, and I savor that moment, thirteen years ago. He will always be Jeff of Light for me, and I hope that when his life was slipping away, there was a sliver of light inside his heart, comforting him.

I told Huda this week that Jeff has always had a very special place in my heart, and Rachel's. We used to think of him as the kindest person we knew. His mere presence in my world, though we didn't see each other that often, was something so precious, so graceful, and so gracious that I always felt so grateful for. It's the kind of gratitude we feel at seeing the simplest, purest and most quintessential things: the first flower in our garden, the first smile of a baby, the scent of freshly baked bread. In Jeff's case it was all multiplied by 72, the number of years he lived. That's so short, so abrupt, so totally unfair, but let's count our small graces nonetheless, and celebrate what this painful loss did not and will never take away: the pure Grace of Jeff.

Go in peace, my dear friend.

Carmelita Mullins

February 15, 2014

Dear Huda and Family,

As you memorialize your husband and father, Jeff, today, I extend my deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort.

As a staff member of The Dispute Resolution Center, I had very little interaction with Jeff. However, the two significant conversations I had with Jeff, within the past year, at two of our events, were memorable and reflective of his kindness and gentleness. Consequently, we all have been blessed, and he will be missed by all whose lives he touched!

Sincerely,

Carmelita Mullins

Jouhar& Lena Aljammali

February 15, 2014

Dear family;
Jeff will always be remembered as sweet gentle man, who always greeted you with hi habiby.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Rest in peace my friend (habiby)

February 15, 2014

Dear Jeff,
May your gentle soul find eternal peace. And may the memory of your tender heart live on in your family and all those who knew you, unforgettable ! Huda, Suma and Salwa, my condolences and love to you.

Veronica Sanitate

February 15, 2014

Dear Huda, Salwa, Suma and Geoff: Our deepest condolences on your loss. It's our loss as well. We will miss Jeff -- a wonderful human being. Aren't we fortunate to have known him. Bill and I are out of town, returning too late for the Memorial. We will contact you soon. Sending love and blessings to you at this difficult time. You are in our hearts. With love, Veronica and Bill

Amin Shafie

February 15, 2014

Dear Huda and Family,

We are very saddened and sorry to learn of Jeff's untimely passing. We always thought of him as a wonderful human being: enlightened, compassionate, friendly, and fun to converse and chat with.

Please accept our condolences and our deepest sympathy. We send them with our love for you, for your dear daughters and the rest of Jeff's family.

Amin Shafie & Family,
Cincinnati, Ohio

John Howell

February 15, 2014

My prayers are with you and your family.