For 16 years, Lillian Rosen of Melville worked as a Suffolk County Police crossing guard, standing in the middle of Route 110 directing traffic and then going home to care for her children.
"She was a lovely, caring woman," said Celeste Carey of Huntington, who knew her for more than 25 years. "She was like everybody's mom." Rosen died July 9 of congestive heart failure and diabetes. She was 94.
Her family recalled her love of animals. If anyone around the neighborhood had an unwanted animal, Rosen would care for it, said her daughter, Bonnie Rosen, with whom Rosen lived.
Rosen also was known to many of her family and friends as the "Queen of Coupons" because of her penchant for clipping them from newspapers and organizing them to share.
Born in Brooklyn in 1921 to Rose and Louis Karp, Rosen had two sisters, Pearl and Yittie, and a brother, Sonny. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn.
In 1940, Rosen met her future husband, Bernard Rosen. They were married in 1941, and left Brooklyn in 1959 to raise their family in Melville. Bernard Rosen died in 2014.
In addition to Bonnie Rosen, she is survived by daughters Charlotte Sharkowitz of Huntington Station and Ronnie Lee Clark of Howell, New Jersey; a son, Charles Rosen of Clarksburg, Maryland; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.