Rosalia ‘Rose’ Kennedy

Rosalia “Rose” Kennedy, 74, Altoona, passed away Friday at Altoona Regional after a courageous battle with leukemia.

She was born in Yugoslavia, daughter of the late Anton and Maria Merschiltz. She married Arthur Kennedy on April 17, 1971. He died March 31, 1981.

Surviving are two sons: John (Kerry) Kennedy and Joseph and fiancee, Fran Hawksworth, all of Altoona; and four grandchildren: Tyler, Karalyn, Autumn and Joey.

Mrs. Kennedy worked at Puritan Sportswear for 16 years and retired from Meyer Jonasson Co. Inc. as a seamstress. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Rose enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family.

At the request of the deceased, a private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Santella Funeral Home.