James "Rosie" Val Rosenbaum 87
James "Rosie" Val Rosenbaum 87, of Douglas and Holmes Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in a place he loved, Anna Maria Island, Fla., on March 31, 2017.
Rosie was born June 26, 1929, the only son of Walter and Hannah (Friedman) Rosenbaum in Kalamazoo. He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy (high school) in 1947.
Rosie served in the United States Army and the United States Air Force from 1948-1951 during the Korean War. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Alice Mae Christiansen (Christie) of Menominee. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1996.
Rosie is survived by his three daughters, Jill (Rusty) Segal, Joanie (Tim) Opie and Julie (Sprig) Shauman; seven grandchildren, Stuart (Antú), Jeffrey (Kayleigh) and Andrew Segal, Sara (Alex) Whittlesey, and Tim Opie, Jr. and Corey and Casey Shauman; and one great-grandchild Anders James Whittlesey. He is also survived by his sister Judith Hirsh; a sister-in-law Joanne Craig; and his companion of 16 years, Susan Horne.
Rosie was employed by the family business, The Kalamazoo Pant Company (Redwood and Ross) from 1952-1978. He continued his career in the men's clothing industry with Pincus Brothers (Bill Blass) until his retirement in 1989. He was always highly regarded as being a sharp dresser with model good looks.
Among his many accomplishments were serving on the boards of Kalamazoo YMCA, Upjohn Nursing Home, Allegan County Cancer Society and Glenn Community Center. He was a proud member of The Beacon Club, Saugatuck Yacht Club and Cowhill Yacht Club.
Rosie had a knack for making lifelong friends everywhere he went. He will be remembered for his contagious smile, his charm, his love of the beach, cars, a good drink, card games and above all, the love he had of his family.
A private burial will be in Mt. Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, immediately followed by a memorial service. A service to celebrate Rosie's life will be at 12 noon on Saturday, April 8, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th St., Kalamazoo, with Pastor James Dyke officiating. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow the service in the Langeland Reception Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rosie's memory may be directed to a charity of one's choice. Please visit Rosie's personalized guest book at www.langelands.com.