OBITUARY

Sol Rosen

November 22, 1919February 15, 2013

Sol Rosen passed away peacefully at Inova Fairfax hospital in Northern Virginia on February 15th. Rosen had moved to Virginia to spend his final years living with his daughter, son-in-law and their family after a long and interesting career that spanned more than 70 years in retail and sports, including several years as one of the founders and then commissioner of the Continental Football League. One of his proudest achievements was developing The Franklin Miners, a small sandlot team in his hometown of Franklin, New Jersey into the best semi-pro football team in America in the late 50’s and early 60’s. He was elected to the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in recognition of these achievements. Born in Lodz, Poland in 1919, he and his parents came to the United States shortly after his birth and settled in northern New Jersey. He was the first in his family to go to college, attending Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, until he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He married Lily Cvern, also an émigré from Poland, via Cuba, and they lived in Franklin, New Jersey, where they had three children together. He later married Genevieve Storms, a high school sweetheart, and remained with her until her death in 2010. They were residents of Florida and he considered Miami one of his two home towns and served on the Miami Super Bowl bid committee in the 80’s. Sol was an avid sports fan and shared his enthusiasm with his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. His passion for baseball, football and basketball was infectious and inspired that same love of the game in others. This sports passion created many intergenerational bonds within the family that were shared until his last days. Rosen is survived by his brother, Jack Rosen, his two sisters, Mary Winter and Pauline Klotz, all now residing in Florida, and his three children, Bob Rosen of Miami Florida, Margery Kraus of McLean Virginia and Dan Rosen of Seattle Washington, three step children, Bonnie Westhoff and Terry McVeigh of Jacksonville Florida and Russell Pinkel of Youngsville, New York. He also leaves five grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren: Lisa Edwards of Simsbury, Connecticut; Evan Kraus of Vienna, Virginia; Mara Hedgecoth of Maryland; Renee Lopez-Cantera of Miami, Florida; Todd Rosen of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Tim McVeigh of Tampa, Florida; Ron Westhoff of Palmer, Alaska; Cheryl Bulman of Lafayette, New Jersey; Tom Costanzo of St. Petersburg, Florida; Jennifer Nichols of Liberty, New York; Jill Ruisi of Naugatuck, Connecticut; Jodi Bair of Youngsville, New York; Justin Pinkel of Albany, New York; and Kevin Pinkel of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He also leaves 11 great-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren: John, Nina, Dagny and Elijah Edwards; Brennan, David, Ainsley and Leighton Kraus; Ian and Kiley Hedgecoth; Sabrina Lopez-Cantera; Hollie, Stephanie and Amy Westhoff; Jeanna and Matt Diaz; Eric Costanza; Sean and Evan Nichols; Tyler and Katelyn Ruisi; and Emily and Avery Bair. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 18th at 2:30 P.M. in the Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapel at Mt. Nebo-Kendall Memorial Gardens in Miami, Florida. Donations in his memory can be sent to the Franklin Historical Society at PO Box 332, Franklin, NJ 07416.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Monday, February 18, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Cantor Mark Kula Officiating, Shiva will be following today's service with a Minyan Service at 6:30 PM at the home of Bob Rosen 8880 SW 67th Court Miami, Fl. 33156 Memorials may be made to Franklin Historical Society P.O.Box 332 Franklin, NJ 07416
REMEMBERING

Sol Rosen

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY

receive updates when new memories are posted

RECEIVE UPDATES
PETE CULLEN

October 27, 2014

One of Mr. Rosen's legacies is the great Franklin Miners Semi Pro football teams of the 1950s and 1960S.Isaw them play when I was 11 or 12 years old.

Shirley & Dario DiRupo

March 3, 2013

Sol was a welcome and friendly fixture in Franklin. I bought many a pair of lovely earrings from his store. He was one of the kindest gentlemen you could ever meet. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones left behind. Love and peace to you all.

Jack Griffin

March 1, 2013

Franklin in "the days" wouldn't have been as great as it was without the help of Sol. He was a mainstay in the town and helped us maintain a great quality of life in our little town. I have many fond memories of growing up in Franklin and Sol will always remain a part of those memories.

BILL AND JOAN ROMAINE

February 28, 2013

WE HAVE KNOWN SOL AND HIS FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS FROM HIS STORE AND THE MINERS.
HE WILL BE MISSED.

BILL AND JOAN ROMAINE FRANKLIN

Bob Montgomery

February 28, 2013

I remember Sol from the Miners gamesMe and a couple of my friends went to Columbus Ohio for the championship game
which they one.
I had a couple of very good friends on the team,Dave Delea and Jan Caprino.
Rest in peaceSol.

February 26, 2013

When I needed a typewriter, my dad took me to Sol's. He introduced me to time-payments and talked to me about budgeting. I had that typewriter for many years and remember him well.

Gary Davis

February 26, 2013

When I met Sol, I could tell he was someone who had lived a full life and had a loving family to support him. I know he will be missed. May he rest in peace.

February 26, 2013

WE ENJOYED SOL AND HIS FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS AND HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US.
OUR CONDOLENCES.

February 24, 2013

So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and always took care of me during football. May he rest in peace.
Frank "Clint" Christian

Shirley & Dario DiRupo

February 24, 2013

Sol Rosen was a great and positive influential resident of Franklin. I'd shopped at his store many times and he was always friendly and upbeat. I'm so saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Sol, may you rest in peace.