SNYDER

On February 19, 2015, CARLYN (nee Stern), beloved wife of the late Bernard Snyder; devoted mother of Joel Snyder and Bertram Snyder; dear sister of the late Betty Blumenthal; loving grandmother of Matthew and Ryan Snyder. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Monday, February 23 at 10 a.m. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers.

LERNER

On February 18, 2015, ESTHER (nee Croll), beloved wife of the late Dr. A. Ross Lerner; loving mother of Dr. Steven (Maida) Lerner and Sheryl (late Arthur) Silverman; devoted sister of Lorraine (late Jack) Brownstone and the late Dr. Diane Croll; loving grandmother of Danielle (Adam) Roffman, Douglas (Fabienne) Silverman, David (Jennifer) Silverman, Dr. Andrew (Dr. Andrea) Lerner, Michael Lerner and Rachel Lerner; adored great-grandmother of Sam, Arielle, Mia Esther and Chase Roffman, Selma, Naomi and Max Silverman. Funeral services at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 on Sunday, February 22 at 1 p.m. Interment at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Rockville. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Hadassah of Greater Washington, 11900 Parklawn Drive, Suite 350, Rockville, MD 20852. Shiva will be observed at the Lerner residence on Sunday with services at 7 p.m.

SAPPERSTEIN

On February 19, 2015, REBA (nee Eisbruch), devoted wife of the late Benjamin Sapperstein; loving mother of Marian (Michael) Sidle and Linda (Alan) Shafer; dear sister of the late Gertrude Block; adored grandmother of Kevin (Christine) Sidle, Natalie (Marc) Neuschatz and P.J. (Helen) Shafer; cherished great-grandmother of Lilah, Eric and Brooklyn Sidle, Garrett Neuschatz, Jolie Neuschatz, Serena Schafer and Hayden Shafer. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Sunday, February 22 at noon. Interment at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Finksburg. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Child Life Department, Bloomberg Children’s Center, Room 7217, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans St., Baltimore, MD 21287 or the Autism Society of America, Baltimore Chapter, P.O. Box 10822, Baltimore, MD 21234. In mourning at 725 Mt. Wilson Lane (North Oaks), Baltimore, MD 21208.

GORDON

On February 19, 2015, MALCOLM STANFORD, beloved husband of Shirley Gordon (nee Rosen); devoted father of Dr. Adam (Rebecca) Gordon and E. Scott (Melissa) Gordon; loving grandfather of Ben, Leah and Ari Gordon. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Sunday, February 22 at 11 a.m. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to St. Elizabeth School, 801 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 or Camp Ramah in New England, 2 Commerce Way, Norwood, MA 02062. In mourning at 3400 Midfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, through Saturday evening.

FIDEL

On February 18, 2015, LEAH (nee Claire), beloved wife of Ronald Fidel; loving mother of Louis (Elidia) Fidel, Anna (Kevin) Lee and Adam (Ilene) Fidel; devoted sister of Rose Miller, Irene Smullian and the late Sydney Claire; cherished sister-in-law of Mary (late Melvin) Friedman, Bill Smullian, Myrna Claire and the late Leo Miller and Leonard and Hennie Fidel; devoted grandmother of Jason, Skylar and Jesse Fidel, Zachary and Elly Lee. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Friday, February 20 at noon. Interment at Hebrew Young Mens Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 2300 Hidden Glen Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

PENN

On February 18, 2015, LEWIS, beloved husband of Miriam (Mitzi) Penn (nee Levin); devoted father of Donald (Ilene) Penn, Andy Penn (Cathy Surace), Shana Penn (Paul Milne); cherished brother of Samuel (Beverly) Penn and the late Barbara (Albert) Perlow; loving grandfather of Adam (Elizabeth) Penn, Benjamin Penn, Julia Penn, Adrienne Kalish and Howard (Heather) Kalish. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Sunday, February 22 at 1 p.m. Interment at Hebrew Young Mens Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201. In mourning at 7503 Labyrinth Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.

PAUL

On February 18, 2015, DONALD, beloved husband of Marian Paul (nee Blumenstein); devoted father of Sheldon (Kathleen) Paul and Randy Farmer-O’Connor (Casey O’Connor); loving brother of the late Eugene and Kenneth Paul; adored grandfather of Joshua (Alexandra) Paul, Stephen O’Connor, Cameron (Laura) Paul, Kellie O’Connor, Sarah Paul, Jessica Farmer, Katie O’Connor and Edward “Trey” Farmer. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Sunday, February 22 at 10 a.m. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. Following interment, the family will be receiving at the Pikesville Doubletree by Hilton at 1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208, through 4 p.m.

AMSTERDAM

On February 17, 2015, LILLIAN (nee Shuman), beloved wife of the late Egon Amsterdam; cherished mother of Karen Sue Amsterdam (Gerard) and Joshua Amsterdam; devoted sister of Rose Kohl and the late Dorothy O’Shell, Annette Morrison and Abraham, Harry, Benjamin, Sidney and Solomon Shuman. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m. Interment at Beth Yehuda Anshe Kurland Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018.

PROPER

On February 17, 2015, SUZANNE “SUE” (nee Schwerin), beloved mother of Jackie (Brian) Wolf; cherished grandmother of Nechemya, Hadassa, Yaakov and Elisha Wolf. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, on Thursday, February 19, at 10 a.m. Interment at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 3817 Menlo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215, through Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rocky Rosen Leaves behind lifetime of inspiration 91-year-old worked as a fitness instructor until weeks before his death

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (left), pictured with wife Ruth and JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann, worked at the JCC for more than six decades.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (left), pictured with wife Ruth and JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann, worked at the JCC for more than six decades.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen may be gone, but his significant impact on his community and family can never be erased. From founding a camp to helping Russian families immigrate to the United States to helping people live healthy lives into his 90s, Rosen inspired and helped generations of people.

The longtime JCC fitness instructor, teacher, philanthropist and great-grandfather passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the age of 91.

“He just took the time for everybody all the time,” said Lynn Rosen-Stone, his daughter who is fitness supervisor at the Owings Mills JCC. “It was never just, ‘Hi, how are you?’ It was, ‘Let me see how I can help you.’ He was just full of love and compassion for everybody.”

Following in Rosen’s footsteps, Lynn’s sister, Karyl Rosen, is a JCC fitness instructor, and her daughter, Kenzie, manages Anytime Fitness in Lutherville.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (center) is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Maryland legislators (from left) Dana Stein, Bobby Zirkin, Dan Morhaim and Jon Cardin. (Photos provided)

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (center) is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Maryland legislators (from left) Dana Stein, Bobby Zirkin, Dan Morhaim and Jon Cardin.
(Photos provided)

Paul Lurie, vice president of fitness, recreation and aquatics at the JCC, said Rosen was a fixture, having worked there for more than 60 years.

“He had a passion in life for helping people and making them better,” Lurie said. “He really was an icon of the kind of people we like to have on staff and the kind of people we like to have as members.”

Born in Philadelphia, Rosen earned his bachelor’s degree and Master of Education degree from Temple University. He played football there and was offered a tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he chose to teach physical education instead. After teaching elementary and high school in Philadelphia, Rosen came to Baltimore in 1949 with his wife, Ruth, who survives him, and began teaching physical education in Baltimore City schools; he also became the youth adviser at Beth Tfiloh. He taught in city public schools for more than 30 years, mostly at Fallstaff and Pimlico elementary schools and Pimlico Junior High School.

Soon after coming to Baltimore, Rosen started working for the Jewish Education Alliance, a predecessor to the JCC. He worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the JCC into his 90s. In his 80s, he began bodybuilding and won several body building championships. He also participated in the Senior Olympics, winning gold medals into his 90s.

“He really was an icon of the kind of people we like to have on staff and the kind of people we like to have as members.”

After working at Beth Tfiloh camps, Rosen was inspired to open his own camp, Camp Wonderland, which he and his wife operated on their land for more than 20 years. That same site later became home to a camp for diabetic children.

While teaching, working at the JCC and running a camp, Rosen also found plenty of time for volunteer work. He was a scout master, an adviser at B’nai B’rith, a volunteer and instructor in first aid, small-craft water safety and lifeguarding at the American Red Cross, a lieutenant in the Baltimore Civil Air Patrol and public relations chairman at the American Camping Association, and he raised money for American Red Magen David for Israel. Through the JCC, he sponsored three Russian families to help them re-establish their lives in America. He and his wife were honored by Israel Bonds.

Rosen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the State of Maryland and was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2011. He also had a JCC award named after him.

“Rocky was an inspiration to everyone who ever encountered him,” JCC of Greater Baltimore president Barak Hermann wrote in a letter to members. “We will continue to honor his memory by recognizing JCC members with the Allen ‘Rocky’ Rosen Fitness Award, which honors members who exemplify Rocky’s commitment to the JCC by living a healthy lifestyle that includes a strong focus on fitness, wellness and community.”

mshapiro@midatlanticmedia.com