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Of Blessed Memory: Irwin “Ace” Rosman

Ace and Charlene Rosman

Irwin “Ace” Rosman died on February 6, 2023, at age 91. He will be mourned by his family and friends, including sons Richard Rosman and his wife Johanna Rosman of New York, and Brian Rosman and his wife Rabbi Barbara Penzner of Boston; and his four grandchildren, Aviva Rosman Gaw (and Colin Gaw), Katie Rosman, Yonah Rosman, and Emma Rosman, and two great-grandsons, Isaiah and Asa Gaw.

The funeral will be at Evergreen Cemetery, at 10:00 am on Monday, February 13.

Ace was born in Brooklyn on December 8, 1931, and moved to Los Angeles with his family in high school. He attended college at UCLA, where he was active in the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. In Los Angeles, he met Charlene Paul, and they married in 1956 and moved to Tucson in 1960.

In Tucson he started the Charlene Shops, a local women’s clothing store. The original store was opened in downtown Tucson in 1960, with other stores in Monterey Village, Amphi Plaza and in the Catalina Foothills. Later, he worked as a commercial broker, heading the Tucson Commercial Roundtable organization.

He was active in the Jewish community, serving as Secretary of the Tucson Jewish Community Council in 1978 and awarded their Meritorious Service recognition in both 1981 and 1984. He also was active in the Pima County Democratic Party and other civic organizations.

He was married for 65 years to Charlene (Paul) Rosman, who died in May 2022.

Charlene grew up in Tucson, attending Tucson High and the Univ. of Arizona. She was confirmed at Temple Emanu-El in 1947. Charlene was named “Woman of the Year” by the TJCC and was a leader in the Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood and the National Council of Jewish Women.

Ace loved playing bridge, golf and tennis. He was renowned for his quick, incisive humor and his large circle of friends.

Donations in his memory may be made to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Tucson, or to HIAS, in recognition of both of their parents, who emigrated from Ukraine.