Stephen Roseman, age 87 of Newton, NJ passed away peacefully at home following a long illness on Monday, January 11th surrounded by his loving family. Born on May 2, 1933, he was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ. He briefly lived in Elizabeth and Morristown before moving to Newton, where he resided the rest of his life.
Son of the late Louis and Reva (nee Betchen) Roseman, Stephen was a graduate of Atlantic City High School Class of 1951. He attended Dickinson College and was a member of their Skull & Key and Raven’s Claw Societies, along with being a member and President of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955. While at Dickinson he was a US Army ROTC Cadet from 1951-1955, and he served as a Lieutenant in the US Army from 1955-1957. In 1960 Mr. Roseman received his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law School.
Stephen had a long and dedicated career as an attorney in Newton. Upon graduation, he joined his father-in-law Peter Friedman’s law firm of Mackerley and Friedman; this firm eventually became McGovern and Roseman Attorneys-At Law where Stephen remained until his retirement in 2018. Mr. Roseman was a much-loved lawyer who practiced law with tremendous heart, devotion and humor for hundreds of clients across the decades. He served as Municipal Attorney for Hamp-ton Township for 45 years and served as Municipal Attorney for Andover Borough and Andover Township as well. Stephen was a recipient of the 2006 New Jersey Professional Attorney of the Year award given by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law to those attorneys who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to professionalism throughout their careers. Stephen served as Past President of the Sussex County Bar Association, was a member of both the Sussex County Bar Association Ethics and Arbitration Committees, as well as a member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Unauthorized Law Practice Committee. Stephen was President of the Newton Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, along with being a member and past President of the Newton Country Club.
Stephen was a proud Dickinson alum, a lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, an avid golfer, an Atlantic City history buff, and a “foodie” long before there was such a word. He was a friend to everyone he met who loved nothing more than making people laugh, taking “just a minute” to chat, and a man who would give you the shirt off his back no questions asked.
Mr. Roseman was predeceased by his son Peter, his daughter Leslie and his granddaughter Megan Ocheski. Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years Joan T. (nee Friedman), his son Richard and his wife Liane Roseman, his daughter Janet and her husband Keith Ocheski as well as his cherished grandchildren Sabrina and Noelle Roseman, and Kyle and Aaron Ocheski.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private arrangements were held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Stephen’s memory may be made to either the American Heart Association www.heart.org or the Tay-Sachs Disease Association www.tsac.org . Arrangements and online condolences through Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Rt. 206) New-ton, NJ. www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com