|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1893|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 2000|
*Social Security Death Index
Name: Rose R. Flomenhoft
Last Residence: 19140 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Born: 19 Dec 1893
Died: 11 Jan 2000
State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (Before 1951)
*Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - January 13, 2000
Deceased Name: ROSE FLOMENHOFT, 106
Rose Rosoff Flomenhoft, 106, a first-grade teacher who introduced thousands of Philadelphia children to learning, died Tuesday of heart failure at Temple University Continuing Care Center, formerly the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.
Longevity was by no means Mrs. Flomenhoft's crowning achievement in a life that bridged three centuries. It was the "impact she had on the lives of her students," her son Mark said.
Mrs. Flomenhoft taught one grade - first - at one school - the old Thomas J. Powers Elementary School in Kensington - for 30 years.
Even though she had no formal religious-school training, she spent almost as many years teaching in the religious school at Temple Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, in part to help with finances as she raised her two sons as a single mother. Her husband, Morris, a Realtor, died of a brain tumor in 1930, 11 years after they were married.
Mrs. Flomenhoft was born Dec. 19, 1893, in Philadelphia to Ukrainian immigrant parents, and she graduated from Philadelphia Normal School in 1919.
She left teaching for a time after she got married. But after her husband died, she and her boys moved in with her parents, and she joined the Powers staff full time after a year or so of substitute teaching.
She supported her family through her teacher's salary, the money she made teaching religious school, and a monthly $50 stipend from her husband's life insurance that ran out all too soon.
She remained at Powers, teaching first graders, until she retired in 1963.
"She used to joke that she wasn't very smart because she was never promoted past the first grade," Mark Flomenhoft said. "But really, it was her choice. She felt that children are at their most formative stage in their first year of education, and she wanted to be part of that."
She wound up outliving the school at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Somerset Street by 16 years; it was closed in June 1983.
After she retired, she lived in North Miami Beach, Fla., for 18 years, but she returned to Philadelphia in 1981 and lived at the York House until she became a resident of the Geriatric Center in 1997.
Outside of teaching, Mrs. Flomenhoft's interests included swimming and playing the piano. She pursued both well into her 90s.
Mrs. Flomenhoft is survived by another son, Hubert, and grandchildren Gary Flomenhoft and Sheryl Ceriani.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. today at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Old York and Township Line Roads, Elkins Park. Burial will be in Montefiore Cemetery.
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