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Rosalia Margareta [Rose] (Jahn) Britz

June 21, 1887 - May 20, 1975

Rose Jahn

Rose was born on June 21, 1887, in Philadelphia and moved with her family to St. Paul and Roscoe, Minnesota. As a young girl, she began keeping house for her uncle, Fr. Martin Schmitt, and she continued to work as a priests' housekeeper for more than 20 years.

On November 5, 1924, in Darwin, Minnesota, she married Mathias Britz, son of John Britz and Margaret Kimlinger. Math was born November 17, 1873, in Schoemrich, Germany. Math was a widower, and Rose became a second mother to his nine children: Marie, Raymond, Louise, Zita, Alois, Alphonse, Norbert, Benedict, and Anton. Math and Rose had one child, Rosetta.

After seven years of marriage, Rose was left an invalid by an attack of poliomyelitis. Her inability to walk did not cripple her spirits, however, and she uncomplainingly continued her love and appreciation of life, constantly working at whatever she was able to do--cooking, sewing, and being a homemaker.

Math died very suddenly on August 17, 1932, and until her death in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, on May 20, 1975, Rose lived with her daughter. Math and Rose are buried in the Roscoe cemetery.

Rose was a friend to everyone, always eager to visit. Her happy laughter always spoke of her presence, and no job was so difficult or unpleasant that she couldn't sing while performing it. She remembered and sang many songs from her early school days, as well as her favorite hymns, both English and German. She left us a great legacy of love, patience, and tolerance in accepting God's will and finding full enjoyment in the "little things" that surround us.

Source: Eighteen Cousins, by Bert Jahn (1988)

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