Obituary of Kurt Rostan
Kurt Rostan, 97, passed away on July 9, 2019. Kurt was raised in Limbourg, Germany where his father owned a successful textile business. His early childhood was a happy one. He enjoyed listening to concerts and going on vacation to the Black Forest with his sister, Clare, father, Julius, and his mother, Alice. All this changed when the Nazis came to power in 1933. Nazi youth made Rostan's life unbearable and he was often bullied or beaten by Nazi gangs. Rostan and his family fled Nazi Germany and the persecution of its Jewish citizens at the outset of World War II. He lived for one year in England where he taught himself English, listening to barristers in London advocate for their clients. Eventually he obtained a certificate as an interpreter in French, English and German. In January 1940, Rostan and his family sailed to New York. The trip across the ocean was harrowing one as the ship had to constantly evade German U-boats.
Shortly after arriving in New York, the family settled in Vineland, New Jersey and the family had to learn a new trade. Rostan studied animal husbandry and helped his family start a chicken farm. Rostan also studied real estate at around this time and eventually obtained his real estate license in the late 1940's. In the 1950"s he founded Republic Mortgage Company and Republic Realty Company. The companies developed commercial properties, shopping centers and hospitals in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. Rostan related to family members how in the early 1950's he stood up for the rights of minorities wishing to purchase real estate. Rostan retired to San Diego, California in the 1980's and lived there until 2015 when he returned to live near his New Jersey family members. He resided at The Daughters of Israel Nursing Home at the time of his death.
Rostan traveled extensively abroad, especially with his second wife Anna and enjoyed learning about other cultures. He also loved to sing and had a beautiful baritone voice.
He is survived by his four sons, Daniel Rostan of Nyack, NY, David Rostan of Cedar Knolls, NJ, Grant Rostan of Rochester, WA and Gary Rostan of Scottsdale, AZ; seven grandchildren, Issac, Eliana, Rachel, Ben, Adam, Guy Benjamin and Bree; nieces, Aliza Appel of Newark, DE and Judith Appel of Elmer, NJ; nephews, Toby Appel of NYC and Julius Appel of Florida; and his 1st wife, Shirley Berul Kline of Marlton, NJ. Kurt was predeceased by his wife, Anna Maria Rostan in 2011
A graveside service and burial was held on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Alliance Cemetery, 970 Gershal Ave, Norma.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Daniel Rostan and Florette Kupfer
Donations in memory of Kurt may be made to: Givat Haviva Educational Foundation
601 West 26th St., Suite 325-25, New York, NY 10001 or online at givathaviva.org.
ARRANGEMENTS are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
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