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Rosemarie Schliesske

March 29, 1938 October 13, 2019
Rosemarie Schliesske
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Rosemarie Schliesske (nee Jung) was born on March 29, 1938 in Wuppertal, Germany to Adele and Max Jung. Affectionately known as Rosi, she was the youngest of their 4 daughters (Lotte, Siegrid, and Marlis). She attended grade school in Germany during the Second World War and trade school in the lean years after the war. When she was 19 years old she immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. While there, she met the man she would share the rest of her life with, Horst Schliesske. After getting married, the young couple moved to the Chicago area and settled in Oak Park. There, they raised their family of three children, Heidi, Andrew, and Judy. They also helped to raise Rose’s niece, Aliza, during her high school years and fostered two children, Lisa and David.
Rose loved her new homeland and relished the opportunities afforded to her to build a new life for herself and her family. She worked at a number of administrative and clerical jobs to help support her young family until she became the office manager for Genesis Management in Oak Park, where she worked for many years. She and her husband eventually became small business owners themselves and built their own property management company. They rehabbed several apartment buildings and were beloved and respected by their tenants, clients and neighbors. She was an avid crafter and enjoyed a number of different hobbies over the years. After her last child left home, she nurtured her new found love of dogs by breeding Coton deTulears. Even after a catastrophic stroke stole her independence, she still found ways to create, give to others and stay busy.
Rose was an active member of her church community, first at Forest Park Baptist Church and then at Calvary Memorial Church. Later, the couple regularly attended Willow Creek Community Church. Rose shared her love for Jesus Christ with everyone who knew her and immersed herself in her community of Christ followers. Rose had a deep compassion for others that was selfless and generous. Along with her husband, she opened her home to children who could not live with their own families and provided financial support through World Vision to children whose lives were restricted by poverty.
Rose was devoted to her family. She struggled with missing her mother, sisters and nieces after leaving Germany but found ways over the years to stay connected to them. She insured that her children would know their German relatives and her homeland with frequent trips home when they were young. Vacations with her sisters and her niece maintained their deep connection, replaced by Skype calls when they could no longer travel to meet each other. Rose was a loving and selfless mother who dedicated herself to her children. She passed on her independent-mindedness and a love for adventure and travel to her children. She was always good for a road trip to just about anywhere and loved the vastness of North America that allowed for seemingly limitless opportunities for new experiences.
At age 65, Rose suffered a devastating stroke that put an abrupt stop to her previously very active life. Although she was unable to act independently from that time forward, she continued to look forward to attending her weekly Sunday morning church services, enjoying visits from her children and grandchildren, and making her annual road trip to Florida with her husband. Her devoted husband cared for her at home until her death. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. Although she will be deeply missed by her family and friends, we can be comforted by knowing that she welcomed the day that she would eventually meet her Maker.
Rose is survived by her husband of 54 years, Horst Schliesske, of Wildeshausen, Germany.

Rosemarie Schliesske nee Jung, 81, passed away peacefully at home in Oak Park on October 13, 2019. Beloved wife of Horst. Loving mother of Heidemarie, Andrew and Judith (David) Schliesske Waters. Cherished Oma of Armando, Ryan, Declan and Grayson. Dear sister of Sigrid Robinson and the late Lotte Halbach and Marlis Dahiem. Dearest aunt of Aliza Hutchinson and many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday 3:00pm - 7:00pm at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home 7319 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL where a Service will be held at 7:00pm. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to World Vision ( www.worldvision.org ), greatly appreciated. Info. 708-366-2200 or www.ZimmermanHarnett.com.


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