Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 4, 2010

Roslyn Fierberg


LELAND — Roslyn (Reifler) Fierberg, 79, died peacefully on Thursday, April 29, 2010.

Roz was born in Detroit on May 26, 1930, to Adolph and Ida (Sofine) Reifler. She enjoyed growing up in the city as the youngest of four sisters; Eleanor, Ruth and Frances, all of whom predeceased her. She graduated from Detroit Central High School and was captain of the varsity tennis team.

She married her childhood friend, Morris, on Dec. 15, 1951, and they moved to New York City so he could earn his Master's in Business Administration from NYU. Following graduation, they returned to the Detroit area to start the women's retail clothing stores known as "Nadons," which they operated for approximately 30 years. Later, Roz owned and operated "City Limits" in Farmington Hills.

Roz and Morris are survived by their three sons, Steven of Los Angeles, Andrew (Giuliana Bruno) of New York City and Douglas (Janine) of Leland. She is also survived by her beloved granddaughters, Audrey and Vivien of Leland, who gave their grandma and grandpa such to enjoy and be proud of.

Roz and Morris retired and moved from their home in Birmingham to a beach resort in Ocean View, Del., following the birth of their first granddaughter. They helped found and support the Rehobeth Beach Film Festival, which annually awards a scholarship in their name to the best student film.

Morris died on April 17, 2003. Roz moved to Leland in 2008 to be with her son Doug and family, who had relocated to Leland a few years earlier. She enjoyed her new home, gardens, community and all passersby at the corner of 5th and Union.

Roz had a wonderful spirit. She was a life-long, active Democrat, and anti-war and civil rights advocate. She admired Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, marched for peace, organized for McGovern, and celebrated Obama's election. She loved jazz, politics, theatre, film and antiques.

Mostly she loved her family, giving unwavering support, advice, opinions, hugs, humor and an open phone line. Roz had many dear friends, which she made quickly wherever she lived, worked or even paused briefly. She leaves numerous friends in Delaware and the Detroit area. Most recently, her friendship circle grew to include the senior exercise crew at the Old Art Building, everyone at NW Bank and the Merc, and the wonderful residents and compassionate staff of Effie's.

Roz's remains will be re-joined with her husband's in the Memorial Garden of the Birmingham Temple in Farmington. The family will hold a service there for friends and relatives at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Leland Educational Fund, P.O. Box 1166, Leland, MI 49654.

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.