Mrs. Rose Mary (Connor) Kessenich, died Friday October 18, 2013 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, William Connor Kessenich and Pamela J. Kessenich where she had been cared for the past couple of months.
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Also surviving are a son, Thomas G. Kessenich and his wife Cathy Remz Kessenich, grandchildren Theresa Kessenich, Kristin Dennis, and Erin Johannessen, and great grandchildren Dylan, Alexis, Chloe, Reef, Nolan, and one on the way. In addition she is survived by a brother, Thomas A. Connor, in Rochester, NY and his children and grandchildren, and sister-in-law Dorothy Connor, also of Rochester and her children and grandchildren.
Born December 6, 1924 and raised in Rochester, NY, she went to nursing school in Washington, DC where she met and married her husband William H. Kessenich in 1948. He predeceased her in 2003. She was also predeceased in 2003 by a son, Christopher J. Kessenich.
For her, nursing was "built-in". She worked as a nurse in Washington in the early years, in Lake City, FL in the early to mid-60's, and in Clearwater from about 1968 on. Even after retiring from hospital nursing she continued to care for people as an "informal" nurse to friends in her condominium helping to dress wounds, acting as a health care surrogate, and generally watching over the health and wellbeing of her neighbors.
She worked for Suncoast Hospice for many years as a volunteer until she could not physically continue.
She was active in her church, attending Mass almost daily, participating in Bible Study classes, and delivering Communion to patients at Morton Plant Hospital.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater on Wednesday October 30th at 9:30 A.M.. Burial will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Oct. 27, 2013