As a young child, Rose lived in an Italianate/Mansard-style home in the Ashmont Hill section of Dorchester, Massachusetts and attended the local Girl's Latin School. The home later burned down, but a plaque at Welles Avenue and Harley Street proclaims "Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Square". The plaque was dedicated by her son, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, on Rose's 102nd birthday in 1992.
Rose studied at the convent school Kasteel Bloemendal in Vaals, Holland, and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1906. She also attended the New England Conservatory in Boston where she studied piano After being refused permission by her father to attend Wellesley College, Rose enrolled at the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (as it was known at that time). In 1908, Rose and her father embarked on a tour of Europe.
|Name||Birth||Death||Achievements||Marriage||Cause of death|
|Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr.||July 25 1915||August 12 1944||United States Navy aviator||Naval airplane crash on August 12, 1944 over the English Channel|
|John Fitzgerald Kennedy||May 29 1917||November 22 1963|| United States Representative (1947-1953)|
United States Senator (1953-1960)
President of the United States (1961-1963)
|September 12 1953 to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.||Assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas|
|Rosemary Kennedy||September 3 1918||January 7 2005||Underwent a lobotomy in 1941 which left her incapacitated; she was institutionalized from 1949 until her death.||Natural causes|
|Kathleen Agnes Kennedy||February 20 1920||May 13 1948||Marchioness of Hartington||Married on May 6 1944 to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington.||Airplane crash over Sainte-Bauzille, Ardèche, France.|
|Eunice Mary Kennedy||July 10 1921||International advocate for the developmentally disabled.||Married on May 23 1953 to Robert Sargent Shriver.|
|Patricia Kennedy||May 6 1924||September 17 2006||Married on April 24 1954 to British actor Peter Lawford; divorced in 1966.||Complications from pneumonia|
|Robert Francis Kennedy||November 20 1925||June 6 1968||United States Attorney General (1961-1964), United States Senator (1965-1968)||Married on June 17 1950 to Ethel Skakel||Assassinated on June 5, 1968 in Los Angeles, California.|
|Jean Ann Kennedy||February 20 1928||United States Ambassador to Ireland (1993-1998)||Married on May 19 1956 to Stephen Edward Smith.|
|Edward Moore Kennedy||February 22, 1932||United States Senator (1962-present)||Married on November 29 1958 to Joan Bennett; divorced on December 6 1982. Remarried in 1992 to Victoria Reggie.|
Rose was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1969, and four of her nine children: Joseph Jr. in 1944, Kathleen in 1948, John F. in 1963 and Robert in 1968. Just eight months after John F. was assassinated, Rose's mother, Mary, died at the age of 98.
Rosemary Kennedy died on January 7, 2005 at the age of 86 and Patricia Kennedy Lawford died on September 17, 2006 at the age of 82, both from natural causes. As of August 2008, only three children are still living: 87-year old Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 80-year old Jean Kennedy Smith and 76-year-old Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy.
In 1984, at the age of 94, Rose suffered a severe stroke leaving her confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She maintained her residence at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts and was cared for by private nurses and staff. On January 22,1995, Rose died from complications from pneumonia at the age of 104. She continues to be the longest-lived presidential relative in history. Her longevity can be attributed to both parents as her father died in 1950 at age 87 and her mother died in 1964 at age 98.
Well-known for her philanthropic efforts and for leading the Grandparents' Parade at age 90 at the Special Olympics, Rose's life and work are documented in the Oscar-nominated short documentary Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember.
Rose is also one of six women from the United States to have the title Papal Countess bestowed upon her by the Roman Catholic Church. She received this honor in 1951 by Pope Pius XII in recognition of her "exemplary motherhood and many charitable works."