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Rose Elizabeth FitzGerald

Female 1890 - 1995  (104 years)    Has 22 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Rose Elizabeth FitzGerald 
    Birth 22 Jul 1890  North End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Death 22 Jan 1995  Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial 25 Jan 1995  Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 Siblings 
    Person ID I52310  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2000 

    Father John Francis FitzGerald,   b. 2 Nov 1863   d. Oct 1950 (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Josephine Mary Hannon,   b. 1866   d. 1964 (Age 98 years) 
    Family ID F21307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joseph Patrick Kennedy,   b. 6 Sep 1888, East Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 18 Nov 1969, Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 7 Oct 1914  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr.,   b. Jul 1915, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 2 Aug 1944, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 29 years)
    +2. 35th President John Fitzgerald Kennedy,   b. 29 May 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 22 Nov 1963, Dallas County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 46 years)
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     4. Kathleen Kennedy,   b. 20 Feb 1920, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 13 May 1948, France Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 28 years)
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    +7. Robert Francis Kennedy,   b. 20 Nov 1925, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 6 Jun 1968, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 42 years)
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    +9. Edward Moore Kennedy,   b. 22 Feb 1932, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 25 Aug 2009, Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 77 years)
    Family ID F21296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2001 

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  • Notes 
    • The eldest of six, Rose grew up as a pampered Irish American princess. From her father, a Boston Pole, she inherited energy, brains and charm. From her mother, a Black-Irish beauty who lived to be 98, she got the genes for longevity and lush good looks-not to mention sore knees from endless sessions of prayer. Rose would characterize herself by the roles she had played in the lives of others: the Mayor's Daughter, the Ambassador's Wife, the President's Mother. But it was "the hope of raising a great son or daughter" that was central to her life. Before she turned 30, Rose had already borne Rosemary, one, John, three and Joseph Jr., four. Two more sons and four more daughters would follow in the next 12 years. Today, only five of the nine children survive their mother.
      Looking back, adored by her dad, who hauled her off to rallies when she was still a toddler, Rose grew up loving the reek of cigar smoke and the lilt of the blarney. She was considered the flower of Boston Irish society. She was courted by some of the finest young men, not only Boston's Irish, but members of the English nobility as well. She graduated from Dorchester High School, one of the three highest in a class of 285. At 16 she was a magical creature-elegant, spirited, well read-and that summer she found the love of her life. Joe Kennedy, the brilliant 17 year old son of another Boston-Irish politician, was a top scholar, captain of the baseball team, president of his class. But that summer of 1906 could not last forever; he went on to Harvard, and she was then sent to finish school in Europe for two years Sacred (Heart Convent). The experience was painful - the convent was so cold the chilblains split her fingers - yet it changed her forever. "Freed from all worldly thoughts," she wrote later, "I was able to find in myself the place that was meant for God. "For the rest of her life, Rose was a rigidly observant Catholic. She went to mass every day until she was crippled by a stroke at 93. And Boston civic leader Marie Greene, her life long friend, maintained in Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys that during her marriage to Joe, Rose stubbornly adhered to a strict interpretation of church teaching that defines the
      principal purpose of sex as procreation. According to this doctrine, sex is forbidden during pregnancy-and for 17 years Rose was pregnant at least half the time. She had her last child at 41, and at that point, according to Greene, she told her husband flatly, "No more sex." But long before then, the fire had surely gone out: Rose and Joe took separate vacations and stayed in different hotels when they did travel together. Joe became a chaser- a fact he kept secret from no one, including his sons. One of his affairs, with movie queen Gloria Swanson, made headlines, but Rose, whose power of denial were prodigious, behaved as if nothing were going on. She even went shopping with Gloria in Paris, and years later burbled cheerfully: "She was the great celebrity. I, by comparison, was a nobody."
      On January 20th, 1961, Rose's dreams were realized: Her son was inaugurated President of the United States. For the first time ever, Joe doffed his hat to the boy, who tipped his own topper in return. Those were happy years for Rose, years when she accomplished her life's work. Joe Jr., a Navy pilot, was killed when his plane exploded over England in 1944. Racked with grief, Rose kept to her room for weeks. But she never again let anguish overwhelm her. When Kathleen died in a plane crash, when Jack and Bobby were assassinated, when Joe Sr. was felled by a stroke, when Teddy drove off the bridge at Chappaquiddick, when her mildly retarded daughter Rosemary underwent a disastrous lobotomy that Joe Sr. had secretly ordered-none of these terrible shocks cracked the armour of calm she wore in public. "I just made up my mind, "she said, "that I wouldn't allow it to conquer me. "And then, chin up, she concluded: "Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?
      In 1984 she suffered the stroke that kept her confined to a wheelchair until her death on January 22nd, 1995.
      She left five children, 28 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren-three of them named "Rose".



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