Nancy J. Rosen Sawyer


Nancy J. Rosen Sawyer, 97 passed away the morning of Sept. 1, 2019, in New Wilmington.
Nancy was born on Feb. 19, 1922 in Staunton, Virginia, to the late Harry and Ruth Reynolds Cook.
In 1944, she married Irwin Rosen, who after more than 50 years of marriage, preceded her in death. In 2002, she became the bride of J. Philip "Doc" Sawyer, who preceded her in death in 2017.
Nancy was one of the first women to be licensed to sell securities by the New York, American and OTC stock exchanges. She retired from Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as vice president of investments. In her retirement, she served as an arbitrator, hearing cases from the three exchanges.
Nancy had a sharp wit, a dry sense of humor and, later in life, a pension for brisk honesty.
She loved good food, fresh strong coffee, chilled Grey Goose vodka, the perfectly played bridge hand, afternoon naps and a straight crisp golf shot.
She was an avid reader and a member of the Junior Guild at Jameson Hospital and ZONTA. Her favorite place was the New Castle Country Club, especially on Friday nights, where she adored seeing old friends and sorely missed those no longer present.
Nancy is survived by a daughter, Kim Rosen Case (Karyn Weiss) of East Hampton, New York; grandsons, Ross (Lynn Hodson) Case of Marshville, North Carolina, and Spencer (Rebecca Wolff) Case of Bethesda, Maryland; three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends, all of whom brought great joy to her life, particularly her daughter and grandsons.
In addition to her parents and two husbands, Nancy was preceded in death by her four brothers, Fulton, John, Herbert and Wesley Cook; and her sister, Margie Rishel.
Calling hours are private.
Interment will be in Oak Park Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road.
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In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to ACLU of PA. @ (American Civil Liberties Union of PA).
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Published on September 11, 2019
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