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Helen Marie Schram Rosen


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Helen Marie Schram Rosen Obituary
Helen Marie Schram Rosen

Naples, FL

July 30, 1917 – December 6, 2018 – 101 years old

Helen's Motto – "The Schram's might not always be right be we are never wrong"

On Thursday December 6th, Helen Marie Rosen, loving mother, wife grandmother, great grandmother, Aunt and Great Aunt to many passed away in her home in Naples, FL. Helen was born in Escanaba, Michigan and was number 9 out of 12 children. Her parents were Isaac and Amanda (Pichette) Schram. Helen was preceded by her 6 brothers, Bernard, Harold, Clayton, William, Leon – "Dick" and Samuel, and 5 sisters, Elizabeth "Bessie", Paquet, Lillian "Dolly" Finman, Pauline White, Leona May Bowers. Helen met her husband Lewis Rosen in Lansing Michigan where they married on

September 19, 1941 and were married for 44 years until his passing in February of 1989. Helen is survived by her three children, Daughter Marilyn "Missy" and her husband

Vincent Scire of Naples, FL, son David and his wife Karen Rosen of Sarasota, FL, and Steven Rosen of West Pam Beach, FL. Surviving grandchildren include Jason & Adrian Rosen from Atlanta, GA, Nicholas and Leah Scire of Naples, FL and great grandchild Christopher Rosen, Tyler Rosen and Tanner Rosen of Atlanta, GA.

Those are the facts, now the life. Helen was born at the very end of World War 1 in bed as most children were in those days. The beginning of her childhood until age 12 she lived a comfortable life as her father was a furrier. That was pre- depression. Life changed after that and Helen helped keep the electricity on and the phone working in their home by giving tap dancing lessons in the kitchen of their house. She also traveled to local Indian reservations and gave free tap dancing lessons to the native American Indian children near Escanaba. Tap dancing led to her career in show business in which she traveled the Vaudeville circuit with a partner tap dancing and booked out of Milwaukee with the same booking agent as Liberace. Her career in show business was not long lived as life on the road was not what she imagined. She moved to California for a short time and worked in a bank where she refused to cash General

Patton's check because he didn't have his ID on him even with the 5 Stars on his helmet. After moving back to Michigan she moved to the state capital as there were free tickets from Escanaba to the capitol for jobs that were available with the government. She met our father at the local dry cleaners where he worked. Lewis's father was the local tailor and dry cleaner and mom brought in a coat to be dry cleaned at his dry cleaning store where she met my father and the rest is history. She raised her family in Lansing, Michigan and then moved to Cincinnati in 1956 and continued raising the family until 1972. Sarasota became Helen and Lewis's retirement home and it wasn't until the last 3 years of her life (age 98 to 101) that she lived in Naples, FL near her daughter Missy.

Helen was a devoted and very protective mother not only to her own children but to other children who were not as fortunate to have mothers who were home when they came home from school. She was always an advocate for those less fortunate or in need, young or old. She loved to bake, especially cookies, and everyone looked forward to receiving either mom's chocolate chip cookies or homemade dark chocolate candy. She was an avid reader and world traveler. She also played the piano by ear in the Key of "C". This of course made her the life of the party and she would always lead the sing-a longs around the piano in her home. Mom's quick wit is really her most outstanding trademark as she would respond to people with one-liners that always kept everyone laughing. We will all truly miss her laugh-provoking and great story-telling spirit.

The family will be holding a "Celebration of Life" on a date to be determined. Friends and Family will be notified of the date.
Published in Naples Daily News on Jan. 13, 2019
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