Shirley Rosen

by | Apr 18, 2024 | Obituaries

PORTLAND, MAINE – Shirley Rosen, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away March 22.

Shirley, the daughter of Lena Shlanger Binder and Joseph Binder, was born in New York City, N.Y. on Dec. 16, 1930, on the Lower East Side. She graduated from Seward Park High School, class of 1949, and attended City College of New York. She was proud to be a first American citizen, and her parents taught her to value family, tradition, to maintain high moral standards, and to have compassion for those less fortunate. She lived her life by these principles.

Shirley and her husband, Murray, married in 1956 in New York and moved soon to Portland. She was a stay-at-home mom until her children were a bit older, a pre-school teacher at K’Ton Ton Nursery School until 1974, and then she went to work for the Department of Labor, Unemployment Division, where she helped numerous people. She retired in 2003.

She could always be counted on if anyone needed help. Her family was very important to her, and she was inseparable from her husband, Murray. Shirley was very proud of her children, Nancy Rosen and Barry Rosen. She affectionately called her five grandsons “My Guys,” and her friends became extended family.

Shirley will be missed by her daughter, Nancy Rosen of Virginia Beach, her son, Barry Rosen and Deirdre Rosen of Naples, Fla., and her grandsons Matthew Rosen, Daniel Rosen, Scott Rosen, Gregory Rosen and Brendan Rosen.

Shirley was laid to rest next to her love of her life and waltz partner, Murray Rosen, after a funeral service at Temple Beth El in Portland, Maine.

Donations may be made in her honor to Temple Beth El of Portland, Maine.