Businessman And Community Leader
raduating from Detroit Cooley
High School at the age of 16,
the University of Michigan at
19, and, later, night law school at the
University of Detroit, Irving Rose was
ready to take on the business world.
And he did — as a real estate develop-
er, mortgage executive and banker — all
in a highly successful manner over a span
of six decades.
- Mr. Rose, 86, of Bloomfield Hills, died
of complications of Parkinson's disease
at Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital on July
22, 2012. He had contracted Parkinson's
in his early 70s, but remained active as a
businessman until a few weeks before his
Mr. Rose's business career started after
a stint in the U.S. Navy toward the end
of World War II when he emerged with
the rank of ensign. He joined Edward
Rose and Sons, a real estate development
company founded by his father, a Russian
immigrant, in 1921. Irving Rose was a
partner in the firm with his brothers,
Sheldon and Leslie.
"Iry was a champion of decency, fair-
HELEN AXELRAD, 91,
of Southfield, died July
She is survived by her
son and daughter-in-law,
Dr. Kenneth Axelrad
and Jan Leventer of
Bloomfield Hills; grand-
children, Ben Axelrad,
Sarah Leventer, Greg
Mrs. Axelrad was the beloved wife of the
late Paul Axelrad.
Contributions may be made to Muscular
Dystrophy Foundation, 3300 E. Sunrise
Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718. Interment was at
Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
ness and benevolence in everything he
did," said Sheldon Rose of Bloomfield Hills.
"With his college background, he was just
made for a financial career:'
Daughter Janice Ross of Bloomfield Hills
added, "My father was kind, generous, bril-
liant and very well respected
in the community."
Spreading out from real
estate, Mr. Rose started a
family mortgage business,
Advanced Mortgage Corp.,
the largest in the area at the
time, in the early 1970s. It
was later sold to Citicorp,
Mr. Rose became a banker Irving Rose
in the same decade when he
co-founded Fidelity Bank of Birmingham
with his brothers. The bank, with 15
branches, was sold to Dearborn Bancorp
in 2007 in a $70 million stock deal.
Huntington Bancorp of Cincinnati bought
the organization from the Dearborn firm.
Edward Rose & Sons, at first developing
single homes in Detroit, entered the apart-
ment field over the years and now owns
and operates 56,000 apartment units in 11
states. Mr. Rose's nephew, Warren Rose of
Bloomfield Hills, is the firm's CEO, over-
seeing branches in Flint, Kalamazoo and
Indiana. The company's first assisted living
home is being built in Memphis, Tenn.
"My father really enjoyed all facets of
the business; he was well rounded in all
aspects of his work',' said daughter Eileen
Ruby, of Piedmont, Calif., a
suburb of San Francisco."His
entrepreneurial prowess real-
ly came to the forefront when
he started the mortgage and
"Our family really had
a lot of fun together as we
grew up in the Palmer Park
area of Detroit. We also took
many trips together:'
ARDA BARENHOLTZ, 85, of Huntington
Woods, died July 28, 2012.
She was first a policewoman with the
Detroit Police Force and then went back
to school and became an attorney with
Wayne County Friends of the Court. After
30 years, she went into private practice as
an elder care attorney. She was a volunteer
with Free Legal Aid, the Detroit Opera
House, the Fisher Theater and was also an
active member of Temple Israel and the
Temple Treasures. She had her bat mitzvah
when she was in her 60s.
Ms. Barenholtz is survived by her sister-
in-law, Clara Barenholtz; many loving
nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-neph-
ews, one great-great-niece and a world full
of wonderful friends.
She was a dear sister and sister-in-
law of the late Ben and the late Jane
Barenholtz, the late Joseph and the late
Shirley Barenholtz, the late Seymour
Barenholtz, the late Evelyn and the late
David Cobb, the late Anne and the late
Contributions may be made to Soar-
Society of Active Retirees, Wayne State
University, Oakland Center Room 148,
33737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington
Hills, MI 48331; Detroit Opera House,
1526 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226; or
to a charity of one's choice. Services
and interment were held at Machpelah
Cemetery in Ferndale. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
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But Mr. Rose also devoted a lot of time
and resources to charities and civic orga-
nizations such as the United Way, the
Boy Scouts and the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit. His daughter Eileen
is following in his footsteps by being
active in her community; she is past
president of the Jewish Federation of the
East Bay near San Francisco.
"Iry was extremely active in our
Federation, serving on the board, the
[Detroit United Jewish] Foundation board
and various committees," pointed out Bob
Aronson, who is now special gifts adviser
to the Federation. "He specialized in
investment and capital and provided us
with valuable advice.
"He was an intellectual, a learned man
and a quiet philanthropist. He made a huge
difference in our Jewish community, giving
us much support with little fanfare — and
he also had a strong love for Israel.
"He was a dear friend, and all of us will
miss him very much."
Irving Rose is survived by his wife of
67 years, Audrey; daughters and sons-in-
law, Janice and Robert Ross of Bloomfield
Hills, Eileen and Robert Ruby of Piedmont,
Calif., Kathy Rose of Baltimore, Md.; grand-
children, Tyler and Yuan Ross, Evan Ross,
Michael Ruby; brothers, Sheldon Rose of
Bloomfield Hills, Leslie Rose of Florida.
Irving Rose was the father of the late
Nancy Rose; brother of the late Jack Rose;
brother-in-law of the late Joan Rose; and
son of the late Edward and the late Lillian
Interment was at Beth El Memorial
Park. Donations may be made to a char-
ity of one's choice. Arrangements by Ira
MARC NORMAN FOX, 89, of Commerce,
died July 25, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Eta
Fox; son and daughter-in-law, Michael
and Haruko Fox of Kobe, Japan; daughter
and son-in-law, Marcia Fox and Geoffrey
Taylor of Farmington Hills; sister and
brother-in-law, Julia and Mario Perez of
Douglaston, N.Y.; granddog, Madysen;
many other loving relatives and friends.
Contributions may be made to Radomer
Aid Society, do Oscar Tuttleman, 5834
Cherrywood #2407, West Bloomfield,
MI 48322; or to a charity of one's choice.
Interment was at Hebrew Memorial Park,
Radomer Section. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
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