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470 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA


Leonora S. Rosen

Leonora Josephine (Schach) Rosen passed away on May 16, 2020 after a brief illness. Born in 1927 in New York City, the only child of Russian immigrants, Lenore - as she was known - was a force of nature, a professional to her core and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She was a graduate of Music and Art High School and Hunter College in Manhattan, and earned a Master of Social Work degree at Simmons College in Boston, where she later taught. She worked as a psychiatric clinical social worker and supervised generations of social workers for over fifty years at Boston Children’s Hospital, retiring at age 92.

Formerly of New Britain and Hartford, CT as well as Baltimore, MD, Lenore moved to Brookline in 1960 and almost immediately became active in local politics including serving as a Brookline town-meeting member. She was a gifted thinker, an avid reader, political enthusiast and life-long learner. Lenore was married for 71 years to Ellsworth “Al” Rosen with whom she shared a love of politics, travel, theater and classical music concerts as well as weekend retreats in their Wellfleet, Cape Cod cottage. She took enormous pride in cheering on the accomplishments of her children, Daniel and Diana K. Rosen of Mendham, NJ, Joy Rosen and J.W. Carney, Jr. of Newton, MA, Susan Rosen and Dan Rorabaugh also of Newton and grandchildren, Julia and Nat Carney, Kyra and Izzy Shishko, and Raymond and Sasha Rorabaugh, each of whom was convinced they were her favorite. Her humor, candor, advice, shopping sprees and love will be sorely missed by all. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations be made to the Adolescent Substance Use & Addiction Program, Boston Children’s Hospital at: www.childrenshospital.org/ASAP. An online memorial service will be held by the family on May 21, 2020 @ 4pm ET; for details please email: LenoreMemorial@gmail.com.


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Dorothy Berman

May 20, 2020

To Al and all the Rosen family,
I concur that Lenore was, as described in her obituary, a force of nature. Her forthright comments, insight and humor enlivened our book club meetings.
We will all miss her.
Please accept my condolences for your loss.

N. Paul Rosman

May 18, 2020


Dear Al-

We were very saddened to learn today of the passing of your beloved wife, Leonora, after a short and aggressive illness that continues to challenge the medical profession daily. Looking at the wonderful photograph of your wife, with sparkling eyes and a dynamite smile, and reading of her many achievements, her love of life, and particularly her deep love of her husband, children and grandchildren, Leonora was clearly an exceptional person. Your 71-year marriage to Leonora must surely have been a marriage made in heaven, and the two of you clearly brightened the lives of everyone fortunate enough to be in your presence.

Al, you and Leonora will be in our thoughts in these poignant days ahead. We look forward to joining you this Thursday afternoon, May 21, as together we celebrate the life of a most remarkable woman.

May the days ahead grow easier for you Al, as you reflect on your and Leonora's 71 years of deep love and great happiness together.

Warmest wishes,

Syrille and Paul Rosman

Ruth Ann and Len Laster

May 18, 2020

Len and I send our deepest sympathy to the entire Rosen family. We will miss seeing Lenore around 1501 and Ruth Ann will miss seeing Lenore at Book Club. It will never be the same. We feel as though our friendship was just blossoming.

With love,
Ruth Ann and Len Laster


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