Roz M. Kovens, daughter of the late Ann Mark and wife of the late Cal Kovens, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on January 18, 2021. Survived by her loving sister Mimi Siegel (Hal deceased) and predeceased by sister Trudy Moore, Roz leaves behind her nieces Darcee Siegel (Dr. Ira Lelchuk); Cindy Siegel and Beth Siegel-Ginsburg (Bill) and nephew Scott Moore. Auntie Roz as she was often referred to, will be sorely missed but always remembered by her great nephews Dr. Andrew (Ashley); Alex and Adam Lelchuk. Roz was a woman of strength, determination and conviction. Born in New York, at age 16 she left home solo on her venture across the country to attend UCLA where she learned and prospered in her trade of interior designing. While believing in working hard, Roz also believed in playing hard. She held this belief until the day she died. While in LA she met and socialized with many who later became clients and associates in business ventures.
After leaving LA, Roz relocated to Miami (always pronounced Myama) to begin a new chapter in her life. As a brazen young woman, she opened her own interior design shop on 40th Street in the Design District appropriately named Roz Mark Ltd. She flourished at the shop and became a well known professional in her field in South Florida and throughout the United States. While at a time when most women sought other careers including homemaking and beginning families, Roz excelled at becoming a very successful business woman. She mentored and guided many young professionals in the design trade and watched them graduate to become outstanding in their fields. While in business, Roz met the love of her life, Cal Kovens, with whom she shared more than a quarter of a century married in love and working side by side to create some of the most state of the art buildings in South Florida, North Carolina and New Jersey. They were lucky to have a world wind romance for so many years. They traveled the world and were very generous in their philanthropic endeavors. They donated to all charities knowing that their efforts would help the less fortunate. They were a true team in life. They were each other’s rock and support until Cal’s death in 1995.
After Cal’s death, Roz continued to financially support many charities including but not limited to the Miami Homeless Coalition, the Conference of Christians and Jews, the New World Symphony and Tel Aviv University in Israel. As a leader in the community, she created the Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University in North Miami and the Welcome Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach.
Roz was a huge supporter of the University of Miami and the Hurricanes, the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat. Years earlier she adopted the NY Yankees as her home team and befriended, Joe D’Maggio, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin and Mr. October (Reggie Jackson) many of whom you would find with her and Cal on the greens or the 19th Hole.
Roz lived an incredible life. She was caring, protective and innovative. A private memorial service was held where Roz was laid to rest at the Kovens Manor beside her beloved Cal. They are now together forever.
For those wishing to donate in Roz’s memory, the family suggests the Kovens Conference Center c/o FIU or to Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach.