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Stephen M. Rosoff Sr.
(June 30, 1925 - November 9, 2013)

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Stephen M. Rosoff Sr.

U.S. Veteran

Stephen was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1925, and graduated from Poly Prep before being drafted into the army. During World War II, he served in both the European and Pacific theaters as an army medic. After the war, he attended Rollins College and Arizona State University. For one brief season, he played golf on the PGA tour as an amateur. He was an avid golfer his entire life. He worked numerous jobs in Manhattan as a salesman in the garment district, selling life insurance and drove a cab. Eventually, he went to work for his father’s company, Rosoff Brothers Construction, a general contracting firm that built major public works in New York State, including the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and several major buildings on the campus of SUNY Stonybrook. He formed his own construction company many years later in order to build an emergency pumping station near the Key Bridge in DC for the Army Corps of Engineers. A self-described “health nut,” Stephen was at varying times macrobiotic, vegan and vegetarian. He fulfilled a longtime dream in his early seventies when he opened Suzanne’s Vegetarian Bistro on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. He loved to tell jokes and sing and with his restaurant he had a captive audience for both. He loved to visit his family in Ann Arbor and moved here permanently in the spring of 2012 after breaking his hip in Florida. He loved to wear bright clothes and attention-grabbing hats. In one fashion or another, he made an impression on everyone he met. He is survived by his son, Stephan Rosoff II and daughter-in-law, Tanis Allen of Ann Arbor, a sister, Muriel Silberstein-Storfer of Manhattan, NY and two grandchildren, Ian and Caroline Rosoff. Graveside service and burial will take place at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, New York.

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