Rosalyn Janet Wilner
September 27, 1924 – January 7, 2021
Rosalyn Wilner passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 96. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Roz was a vibrant and active and independent woman throughout her life. Even at her advanced age, she still drove, often serving as a chauffeur for her large group of friends, played mah jong and cards, and remained politically involved. She was the secretary for her condo association for decades until her death.
Born Rosalyn Wolk in New York City, Roz grew up in Far Rockaway. She was a member of the glee club in high school and developed a life-long love for music and sports, especially the New York Giants. She graduated high school early and planned to enter college, but her father died and Roz entered the workforce.
Roz married Milton Wilner on Sept. 16, 1948 in Rockaway Beach. They became the proud parents of a son, Barry, in 1951, and then of another son, Neil, in 1953. While Milt worked at several jobs before settling into a career with the U.S. Postal Service, Roz was a dedicated housewife (and terrific cook). Once her sons began elementary school, Roz became a legal secretary, a job she held until she and Milton retired and moved to West Palm Beach in the mid-1980s. Her organizational skills often contributed to the attorneys she worked for saying they couldn't win cases without her.
By 1977, Roz was a grandmother as son Barry's wife Helene gave birth to daughter Nicole. Helene and Barry also provided three more grandchildren in daughters Jamie and Tricia and son Evan. Neil and wife Debbie had Suzanne, Eric and Ryan.
Roz's husband Milt, quite the character himself who would dress up on July 4 in stars and stripes from head to toe, passed away in 1991.
Known as Nana to virtually everyone inside and outside of the family, Roz often would visit her families in New York and Texas, as well as entertain them in Florida. She was a fixture at bat and bar mitzvahs, then at weddings that ranged from 2005 through 2018. Whenever a newborn came along, Nana was sure to have a sweater she had knitted ready for the baby.
Roz served for many years as an Ambassador at the West Palm Beach Airport, helping incoming and outgoing travelers. And she became a world traveler herself, enjoying trips to Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She remained close with many of her high school friends until the present, and even attended a high school reunion late in her life.
By 2009, she was Nana to a great grandson, Will. Soon after came Ella, Roey, Julianna and Zoe. Roz is survived by sons Barry and Neil; grandchildren Nicole and husband Dan; Jamie and husband Eric; Suzanne and husband Oren; Tricia and husband Anthony; Evan and wife Kasey; and Ryan. And by her five great grandchildren.
Due to COVID-19, services will be private, but the family asks that you keep Roz in your prayers. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Roz's name.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hellman Memorial Chapels, 15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977 (845)356-8600 Jewish Funeral Directors.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hellmanmemorial.com for the Wilner family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Rosalyn Janet Wilner
January 17, 2021
It was a pleasure getting to know Roz through the few years that I have been at Dorchester C. She impressed me with her knowledge and kindness. She went far beyond her role as treasurer for the association and I enjoyed our phone calls to discuss everything Dorchester. We discussed her grewing up in the Rockaways as my in-laws grew up there too. She was a feisty independent woman to the end and I was lucky to have known her.
January 14, 2021
It was quite a shock to hear of Roz's passing away just a day after speaking to her. She and I shared Football stats together over the years ; played Mah Jongg and canasta weekly and enjoyed many meals together. She was so active, so intelligent and such a dear friend here in Florida. She will be missed terribly. My deepest condolences to Neil, Barry & Family
Cathy and Gus Russo/Polito
January 11, 2021
We were deeply saddened by the news about the death of Roz.
She was our next door neighbor for 12 years, every time we arrived in west palm beach, she was the first person to greet us, we shared so many beautiful memories, lunch, dinners and we would see each other every day.
Please remember that she is in our thoughts and our prayers, our deepest condolences to the family.
We will miss her deeply.❤️🙏
Cathy and Gus
January 11, 2021
My last memory of Roz was Thanksgiving 2019. She and Neil cooked up a storm for me and my mom and Ryan. I got to see how much she loved football on that day and get more of her humor. She had a great spin on things. I always enjoyed getting to see her and loved what she brought to our family. We will miss her.