OBITUARY

Vincent L. Rozenbaum

August 4, 1926February 15, 2014
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Vincent Louis Rozenbaum

Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 1926 to Vincent Warclaw Rozenbaum and Elizabeth [Malc] Rozenbaum. Passed on in Lansing, Michigan on February 15, 2014 at the age of 87. He was the third of six siblings.

Nicknamed “Slim” because of his lean frame, he worked as a factory worker in his youth. He served as Corporal in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was a City of Detroit police officer at the First Precinct in downtown for 27 years, there referred to by his second nickname “Rozie”. After his retirement from the police force, he worked for many years as a security agent for a downtown law firm, escorting late-working employees to their vehicles or the bus stop. Married to Bernadine Clara [Klonowski] Rozenbaum for 56 years. Bernadine preceded Vince in death in May 2012. Father to two children, Jessica and Scott John, and to twin stillborn girls, Genevieve and Elizabeth. He was an attentive grandfather to David M. Dale. He was preceded by his brother, Joseph, but still has 4 surviving siblings: Dorothy Sokolowski, Theresa Kevnick, Frank Rozenbaum, and Lawrence Rozenbaum. He was known as Uncle Slim or Uncle Vince to three generations of nephews and nieces.

Vince’s life highlights: marrying Bernadine, being a father for nearly 55 years, various travels, commuting between Detroit. Michigan and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, living part-time in Arizona in the early 1970s, a gold panning trip in California after retiring from the police force, and originally clearing land and maintaining a cottage outside of Graying in Crawford County for 47 years.

Vince was a kind, skilled, and organized man, appreciated for his humor and huge heart, and as restaurant wait staff knew, a good tipper. He wrote amazing letters, and was especially profuse when work kept him far from his wife and children; it wasn’t unusual to receive an eight-page hand-written letter from him. He enjoyed cultivating relationships with favorite wait staff and restaurant owners, employees at the Williamston Post Office and Okemos Meijers, and his neighbors.

Grayling was known as Rozenbaum’s Retreat. He loved the out-of-doors, always puttering away on projects, and responsible for planting multiple tens of thousands of trees at his property Up North. If you visited the place, he would name a tree in your honor. He built the prefab garage with his brother in law and 6 kids holding up the walls. He built a roof over the trailer with the help of his policemen friends and with Scott and Jessica building the trusses. Vince and Bernadine lived in many places. Detroit, Lake Havasu City, Canton, Northville, and finally, Williamston, where he had lived for the past 24 years. He will be sorely missed by all, but now he is with the love of his life and no longer ailing.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Edith Church, Livonia, Michigan. Arrangements were handled by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, March 8, 2014
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Vincent L. Rozenbaum

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Judy Linsky

March 3, 2014

Rozie,

I was so sad to see your name this morning reading the paper. My husband, John R., worked with you at #1 and you were his hero all the time. We were just talking about you last night and then I opened the paper today. You must have wanted him to know. He never forgot you. You left lasting memories for him. You will be missed by many. RIP

Joyce Schaffer

March 3, 2014

Joyce Schaffer

March 3, 2014

Joyce Schaffer

March 3, 2014

Joyce Schaffer

March 3, 2014

Jack Letwin

March 2, 2014

Vince: I know you're working behind the desk in copper heaven. Does it look like the old 1st Precinct desk you were in charge of for 25yrs. I hope they fixed that old typewriter you used, the one you wanted to throw out the back door. When our lieutenant would always yell, NO Vince it's the only one we have. (why didn't they use the computer?) If one cop had so many friends on the job you were the Andy Griffith of our Precinct who took care of a lot of Barney Fife's on the job. Miss you Jack Letwin

Pat

March 2, 2014

Dear Vince we sure will miss you and Bernie. You were both such wonderful people and you have great kids!! I am glad you were our friends forever so long. Jack sure like it when you and him could talk. Love of friends Pat

Pat

March 2, 2014

Dear Vince we sure will miss you and Bernie. You were both such wonderful people and you have great kids!! I am glad you were our friends forever so long. Jack sure liked it when you and him could talk. Love of friends Pat

Michael Kevnick

February 26, 2014

Jessica and Scott, your dad was one to the “good guys”. He was a truly unique character, he was after all: Uncle Slim. Always ready with kind words of welcome and a hearty laugh at the silliest of jokes…and he did love to laugh. Holly, Heather, Hillary and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to you both. Be comforted in knowing that he is in a better place, along side your mom, and they are both watching over you. We will all miss him.

February 24, 2014

Uncle Vince, I will miss you so much,Just as Joyce mentioned, you were my Godfather also that I loved dearly,a true example of a great father and friend. I'll never forget in 2000, you took me to my first Detroit Red Wing hockey game, we got out late to look for our vehicle in the dark streets of Detroit, I said "I sure don't feel very safe in this part of town, and you looked at me with confidence and said, "don't worry, I'm packing", I said,"we just came out of the stadium and you had that with you inside? " Oh yeah, I showed them my badge and it was no problem, now lets find the car and get a Coney Island hot dog. I'll miss ya, Love you to the end of my days.