Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 19, 2013

Rose M. Ciesla

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Rose M. Ciesla, 98 of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2013 at Munson Hospice House with family.

Rose was born on Sept. 3, 1914 in Detroit, to the late Lawrence and Pauline (Stodolak) Machowski. She married George Ciesla on April 17, 1948 in Hamtramck, Mich. and was married 49 years until George passed away in 1998. Together they lovingly raised three children.

Rose worked 15 years at Cone Drive Gears and retired in 1979. After retirement, Rose continued working for 10 years as a volunteer at Munson Hospital as a switch board operator. She was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church in addition to her neighborhood “Camp No Good” club. Rose was a wonderful woman, full of life, with a wealth of knowledge, and great sense of humor who sincerely cared about the people in her life. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Surviving Rose are her children, Michael (Kimberly) Ciesla of Traverse City, Kathryn (Hal) Rogers of Colo., Nanci (Eric) Sanford of Calif., and six grandchildren: Nick Castiglione, Hannah Ciesla, Alex Ciesla, Chasen, Sanford, Jenna Sanford, and Colin Sanford, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rose is preceded in death by her parents, husband George, sister Helen Gorcyca, sister Bernice Bodziak, and brother Frank Mack.

Visitation for Rose will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday May 22, 2013 with a rosary held at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at St. Francis Catholic Church with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will take place at Oakwood Catholic Cemetery. Remembrances may be directed to the Grand Traverse Commission on Aging. Please sign Rose’s online guestbook at