The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Obituaries

August 17, 2013

Harold A. "Hal" Rosenblum

Community leader ran Golden Dawn Foods

FARMINGTON, Conn. – Harold “Hal” A. Rosenblum, formerly of Sharon, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Farmington. He was 90.

Mr. Rosenblum was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Sharon to H. David and Carol Thaler Rosenblum and resided in Farrell and Sharon his entire life.

In 1943, he graduated with an A.B. degree cum laude from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. Rosenblum served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, landing in Normandy and participating in the invasion of France in June 1944.

After his honorable discharge, he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1949.

He worked for 35 years in the Rosenblum family wholesale grocery distribution business, Golden Dawn Foods Inc., later, for its successor, the Sharon division of Peter J. Schmitt Co., serving as the president and chairman of the board of directors until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Rosenblum was married for 55 years to Irene R. Rosenblum, who predeceased him in June 2005. In death as in life, Hal remained steadfastly devoted to Irene. Mr. Rosenblum was also preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth Celia Rosenblum, and by his brother, Paul A.. Rosenblum.

In 1985, Mr. Rosenblum was named Person of the Year by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, and was also the Buhl Day honoree that year.

For many years, Mr. Rosenblum was a member of and chairman of the board of directors of Sharon Regional Health System, formerly Sharon General Hospital, one of the achievements of which he was most proud. In recognition of his 45 years of selfless service, in April 2010 the conference room at SRHS’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center in Hermitage was officially named the Rosenblum Conference Room in his honor.

For many decades, Mr. Rosenblum was a well-known philanthropist and tireless civic volunteer. Through the years, he actively participated in more than 40 community organizations.

In addition to his volunteer work for SRHS, Mr. Rosenblum served several terms as president and as a long-standing board member of Temple Beth Israel, Sharon. He also served as chairman of the board of the Shenango Valley Community Food Warehouse and Shenango Valley Human Relations Commission.

He was on the board of directors of Mercer County Education and Rehabilitation Center and Mercer County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association. Mr. Rosenblum was a charter member of the Pennsylvania Freedom of Choice in Family Planning Association and served on the executive committees of the Mercer County Chapter of NAACP and the Shenango Valley Urban League.

He was a member of the Shenango Valley Jewish Federation, Mercer County Drug and Alcohol Commission, the Sharon Rotary Club, F.H. Buhl Club, Sharon, and many other organizations too numerous to mention.

In the 1970s, Mr. Rosenblum actively participated in the community theater company, Playhouse 600, where he starred in such productions as “Born Yesterday,” “The Seven Year Itch” and “The Fantasticks.”

Surviving are Mr. Rosenblum’s remaining four children and their spouses, Julia M. Rosenblum and her husband R. Leonard Felson; and Mark A. Rosenblum and his wife Lisa DeRenzo, all West Hartford; Lee S. Rosenblum and his wife Gail Kushner, Tucson, Ariz.; and Joel N. Rosenblum and his wife Gail Wright, Boulder, Colo.; and his 10 grandchildren, Rachel, David and Ben Felson; Carrie, Anne and Sarah Rosenblum; Amy and Diana Rosenblum; and Aaron and Lorna Rosenblum.

Also surviving are Mr. Rosenblum’s brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Louis Rosenblum and Lya Dym Rosenblum, Chicago, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Miriam Rosenblum, Jerusalem, Israel; and Florence Rosen, Silver Spring, Md.; and several first cousins.

The Rosenblum family wishes to acknowledge and thank special friends, Paula and Carl Moses, Sharon, for their years of devoted friendship and concern for both Irene’s and Hal’s well-being.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Rosenblum’s memory may be made to the Buhl Park Foundation, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

May his memory be a source of strength and a blessing.

ROSENBLUM

Harold “Hal” A., 90, formerly of Sharon.

Service: Funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday (8-18-13) in SAMPLE-O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., 555 E. State St. Sharon, with Rabbi Franklin W. Muller officiating.

Interment: Will follow at Temple Beth Israel Cemetery, Hermitage.

Arrangements by HEBREW FUNERAL ASSOCIATION, West Hartford.

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