- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
name = Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (Mrs. Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Countess Rose Kennedy)
image_size = 200px
caption = Rose holding Joe Jr, circa 1918
July 22, 1890
birth_place = North End,
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
death_date = death date and age|1995|1|22|1890|7|22
death_place = Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Joseph P. Kennedy
parents = John F. Fitzgerald
Mary Josephine Hannon
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Robert F. Kennedy
Born Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald in the North End neighborhood of
Boston, Massachusetts, she was the eldest child of John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and his wife, Mary Josephine Hannon. "Honey Fitz" was a prominent figure in Bostonpolitics and served one term as a member of United States Congressand two terms as the Mayor of Boston.
As a young child, Rose lived in an
Italianate/ Mansard-style home in the Ashmont Hill section of Dorchester, Massachusettsand attended the local Girl's Latin School. The home later burned down, but a plaque at Welles Avenue and Harley Street proclaims "Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Square". The plaque was dedicated by her son, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, on Rose's 102nd birthday in 1992.
Rose studied at the convent school Kasteel Bloemendal in
Vaals, Holland, and graduated from Dorchester High Schoolin 1906. She also attended the New England Conservatoryin Bostonwhere she studied piano [http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0920652.html] . After being refused permission by her father to attend Wellesley College, Rose enrolled at the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (as it was known at that time). In 1908, Rose and her father embarked on a tour of Europe.
Marriage and children
October 7, 1914Rose married Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.after a courtship of more than seven years. They first lived in a home in Brookline that is now the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site. Rose and Joseph had the following nine children:
Rose was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1969, and four of her nine children: Joseph Jr. in 1944, Kathleen in 1948, John F. in 1963 and Robert in 1968. Just eight months after John F. was assassinated, Rose's mother, Mary, died at the age of 98.
Rosemary Kennedydied on January 7, 2005at the age of 86 and Patricia Kennedy Lawforddied on September 17, 2006at the age of 82, both from natural causes. As of August 2008, only three children are still living: 87-year old Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 80-year old Jean Kennedy Smithand 76-year-old Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy.
In 1984, at the age of 94, Rose suffered a severe stroke leaving her confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.She maintained her residence at the
Kennedy Compoundin Hyannis Port, Massachusettsand was cared for by private nurses and staff. On January 22, 1995, Rose died from complications from pneumoniaat the age of 104. She continues to be the longest-lived presidential relative in history. Her longevity can be attributed to both parents as her father died in 1950 at age 87 and her mother died in 1964 at age 98.
Rose is also one of six women from the
United Statesto have the title Papal Countessbestowed upon her by the Roman Catholic Church. She received this honor in 1951 by Pope Pius XIIin recognition of her "exemplary motherhood and many charitable works."
Rose Kennedy Greenwayin Boston, Massachusettsis named after her.
Rose Kennedy Cocktailis a popular drink in bars in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.
* Played by Michelle Trout in the film, "
Lives and Deaths of the Poets" (2009).
*findagrave|1879|Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
* [http://www.bwht.org/northend2.html Boston Women's Historic Trail]
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