The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds by Elizabeth Koelher-Pentacoff
By Elizabeth Koelher-Pentacoff
Rosemary (Rosie) Kennedy was once born in 1918, the 1st daughter of a filthy rich Bostonian couple who later may turn into referred to as the patriarch and matriarch of America’s most famed and celebrated family.
Elizabeth Koehler used to be born in 1957, the 1st and basically baby of a suffering Wisconsin farm family.
What, in addition to their faith, did those very diversified Catholic ladies have in common?
One individual: Stella Koehler, a charismatic girl of the fabric who turned Sister Paulus Koehler after taking her vows with the Sisters of the 3rd Order of St. Francis of Assisi.
Sister Paulus used to be Elizabeth's Wisconsin aunt. For thirty-five years―indeed a lot of her grownup life―Sister Paulus used to be Rosie Kennedy’s caregiver.
And a caregiver, tragically, had turn into beneficial after Rosie, a sluggish learner at risk of emotional outbursts, underwent certainly one of America’s first lobotomies―an operation Joseph Kennedy used to be guaranteed may normalize Rosie’s lifestyles. It didn't. Rosie’s turned decidedly worse.
After the strategy, Joe Kennedy despatched Rosie to rural Wisconsin and Saint Coletta, a Catholic-run domestic for the mentally disabled. For the subsequent twenty years, she by no means observed her siblings, her mom and dad, or the other relative, the medical professionals having issued stern directions that even the occasional kinfolk stopover at will be emotionally disruptive to Rosie.
Following Joseph Kennedy’s stroke in 1961, the Kennedy kin, led through mom Rose and sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, resumed head to head touch with Rosie.
It was once additionally approximately then younger Elizabeth Koehler started paying visits to Rosie.
In this insightful and poignant memoir, dependent partially on Sister Paulus’ deepest notes and augmented by way of over one-hundred never-before-seen photographs, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff remembers the various satisfied and noteworthy occasions spent with the “missing Kennedy.”
She appears to be like on the many parallels among Rosie’s post-operative lifestyles, her personal, and people of the 2 families.
And, most crucial, she lines how, totally due to Rosie, the Kennedy and Shriver households launched into an incredibly consequential crusade advancing the reason for the developmentally disabled―a crusade that keeps to this day.
Ten years after Rosie’s demise comes a hugely own but becoming testimonial to a tragic yet really significant and demanding lifestyles.
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