Marilyn M. Rosenblum, 84, better known as “Nan” passed away peacefully on October 22 in Naples, Florida surrounded by her family, from complications caused by dementia. Nan leaves the love of her life Larry (Pop) Rosenblum with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. She also leaves behind her children Gary (Betsy), Cheryl (Rick), Gerry (Barbara), her grandchildren Josh (Karen), Jared (Jessie), Elizabeth (Zach), Annie, Lily, Amaris and greatgrandchildren Rosalyne and Zachy.
For as long as anyone can remember, Nan was a doer and not one to sit back and watch. In her early years, she organized school dances while in high school and became a model with the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School. Like her mother, Annie, before her, Nan was the sole proprietor of her own business. In the 1960s Nan went to work as a dog groomer at the Poodle Salon in Maywood, New Jersey, and within a few short years, she became the owner. Through hard work and determination, she grew the business and expanded it to include multiple locations, and she still found all the time necessary to care for her family. During this period Nan also found the time to serve on the board at Temple Beth Israel in Maywood and everyone learned the meaning of the word “Bazaar.”
Also in the 1960s, Nan and Pop bought a home on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Here our family enjoyed decades of fun in the sun, making lifelong friendships and memories. Again, never to be idle, Nan became Chairlady under Commodore Jim Devaney at the Brant Beach Yacht Club where she led legendary social events with her friend Mollie. During the 70s and 80s, Nan was the number one campaigner of Pop while he ran and served on the Maywood Board of Education and City Council.
After allegedly retiring to Marco Island, Florida in the 1980s, Nan and Pop found themselves down at the Riverside Club. Here the cycle repeated itself and Nan threw herself in, upping the Riverside Club social game while Pop served on the board. Nan also found the need to help her community so she served as a volunteer aide (along with Pop) at the urgent care center on Marco where she received countless pins for her hours of volunteerism. Simultaneously, she heard there was a need for volunteers at The Bargain Basket on Marco and she again found the time to answer the call to help. Nan led by example and expects the same from all of us, rightfully so. She acted as a sounding board to many friends and family members and solved many a problem with her advice. In their 60 years of marriage, Nan and Pop were a true team; we always heard the secret is to never go to bed mad at each other. It is difficult to sum up an entire life dedicated to living, loving and caring in a few sentences, but we want you to know that Nan was special and we will miss her more than words can describe. Please consider making a donation to a local animal shelter in her name, that would make Nan happy. Also, please hug your loved ones today.
No viewing or services will be held at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, Marco Island, Florida.