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Rosalia Marion "Rose" Kosmala-Kasemeier Petersen
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1893
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 31, 1962
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Rose was Arthur Rasmus Petersen's widow at the time of her death on July 31, 1962, from cardiac arrest at age 68. She had been a cook at Lutheran Children's Welfare Home. She was in Lutheran Deaconess Hospital, 1138 N. Leavitt Street in Chicago for 42 days before she died, being treated for heart disease following a heart attack 24 hours before her hospitalization. Her residence was at 5544 W. Leland Avenue in Chicago.

Cemetery is listed as Glen Oak Cemetery in Maywood, IL. Burial on August 2, 1962.

Records differ as to her place of birth. Census records and her two sons' birth certificates -- Arthur Edward "Buddy" Petersen, born September 26, 1914, and Roy Melvin Petersen, born March 12, 1918, indicate that she was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (which is correct, as her baptismal certificate and other records indicate the same: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA), not Chicago, Illinois, as her "State of Illinois Medical Certificate of Death" indicates.

Arthur Petersen (24) married Rose Kosmala (20) (she later took the maiden name Kasemeier for unknown reasons) in Chicago, Cook, Illinois on 25 Jul 1913. At the time of their oldest son's birth on September 26, 1914, Art was 24, employed as a "Drapery Salesman," and Rose was 22; they were living at 1908 N. California Avenue, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. The young Arthur Edward Petersen quickly assumed the nickname "Buddy" to differentiate the two Arthurs.

We don't know where Rose was during the 1910 Census, but because of her younger brother, Leo's, death at age 13, we now know when the Kosmala family moved from PA to Chicago, and Rose may have moved with them (between the 1910 Census in PA and Leo's death in June 1911).

At the time of Arthur Edward's birth, Rose (22) and her husband, Arthur Rasmus (24) resided at 1908 N. California Avenue in Chicago, IL. Rose's occupation is listed as "Housewife" on her son's Certificate of Birth. At the time of Arthur's WWI Draft Registration on June 5, 1917, the couple and their eldest son resided at 2611 Armitage in Chicago. Arthur was employed as a "Drapery Hanger" at Elite Drapery Co.

The 1920 census records the family comprised of Arthur Rasmus (30), Rose (26), Arthur "Buddy" (5), and the couple's second and last child, Roy Melvin (age 1 year and 4 months). They continued to live in Chicago. Their residential address was 1871 N. Washtenaw Avenue, and Arthur continued to be employed as a drapery hanger and interior decorator.

In 1920, Rose/Rosalia's Polish parents and family were also living in Chicago: Frank (55), b. 1866, Mary/Marie (Piechocka) Kosmala (50), b. 1870, Kate (living elsewhere); Stanishlea/Stella (24), John Kosmala (died 23 Jan 1916, Chicago, at age 20--same age as Stella--twins?); Leo died June 1911; Sophie/Sophia (19)(14 April 1900 - 2 July 1976), Chester (17), Anna (13), & Henrietta (10). On 21 Nov 1922, Sophie married Anton/Anthony Stanley Talaska, b. 1 Jun 1893, IL - d. Apr 1979; parents b. Germany; in Cook County, IL. In 1930, 3513 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Talaska Family: Anthony (37), Salesman, Retail Grocery, Sophie S. (29), Jerome A. (6) (b. 1924), Conrad G. (4) (b: 13 Aug 1925 - 3 Oct 2002), & Dolores I. Talaska (1)(b. 1929)

Twenty years later, the 1940 census, (enumerated April 18), indicates that Arthur and Rose's son, Arthur "Buddy" had married (June 5, 1937) Evelyn Ruesch of Niles Center, IL and no longer resided with the family. Roy Melvin (now 22 years old and employed as a "Bookkeeper" [for a "Tinware," "Utensils" Company?]) continued to reside with his parents in their rented apartment at 1628 N. Lotus Avenue, situated in Chicago's 36th Ward. Just shy of four months later, Roy would marry (August 3, 1940) Astrid Worgren of Chicago. Arthur Rasmus, now 50 years of age, was employed as an "Estimator: Retail Department Store" and Rose continued her role as "Housewife".

In March of 1949, "Buddy's" mother-in-law, Martha Ruesch, passed away in Skokie, IL. Arthur Edward, his wife, Evelyn (Ruesch)and their children, Grant Arthur and Dianne (Diann) Lynn, became the residents of her former home at 7860 Niles Center Road. Arthur Rasmus and Rose moved into that residence also ccupying the second floor apartment. Arthur Rasmus passed away there at age 62 on March 2, 1952.

Rose continued to reside at this address for the next eight years and was employed in food services at the G. D. Searle Company in Skokie. In 1960, after the sale of the Skokie home, she relocated to Chicago residing at 5544 W. Leland Avenue until her passing.
Family links: 
  Francis Kosmala (1865 - 1929)
  Mary Piechocka Kosmala (1870 - 1949)
  Arthur Rasmus Petersen (1889 - 1952)*
  Arthur Edward Petersen (1914 - 1984)*
  Roy Melvin Petersen (1918 - 1979)*
  Rosalia Marion Kosmala-Kasemeier Petersen (1893 - 1962)
  John Kosmala (1896 - 1916)*
  Leo Kosmala (1898 - 1911)*
  Anna Kosmala (1906 - 1998)*
  Clara Kosmala (1909 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Oaks Section, Lot 53, Grave 4
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Record added: Jan 18, 2013
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Rosalia Marion Rose <i>Kosmala-Kasemeier</i> Petersen
Added by: Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl"
Rosalia Marion Rose <i>Kosmala-Kasemeier</i> Petersen
Added by: Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl"
Rosalia Marion Rose <i>Kosmala-Kasemeier</i> Petersen
Added by: Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl"
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