March 27, 1916 ~ February 10, 2021

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Greece, New York

Those we hold most dear

never truly leave us….

they live on

in the kindnesses they showed,

the comfort they shared

and the love they brought into our lives.

                                                                -Isabel Norton


Rose Irene Brach Meschke passed away peacefully in her own home February 10, 2021 at the age of 104.  The last of her generation, Rose shared the secret of her longevity:  live life one day at a time.  She refused to dwell on the past, preferring to live in the moment.

Rose (Rozalia to her parents) was born March 27, 1916 to Polish immigrants Franciszka Ksawera (Dominik) Brach and Ignacy Brach.  Rose, her parents, and siblings Walter, Joe, Mary, John, and Tony formed a tight-knit family in the Polish community of Rochester, NY.  From a very early age, Rose worked hard – transporting vests between a neighbor and a local clothing manufacturer, cleaning downtown offices at night with her Mom, and clandestinely taking over paper routes from an older brother until her younger brother was old enough to take on the task so as not to lose that income for the family.  She worked as a domestic by day and earned her high school diploma by going to school at night, from 7-10 PM.  Rose worked for Eastman Kodak for over 30 years, assembling and inspecting the small green magazines used in special cameras for the Navy.

Rose met Oscar Meschke (1918-1983) after WWII and they were married January 28, 1950.  Rose enjoyed hiking, golfing, bowling, and traveling with family and friends both here and abroad.  Above all, she treasured family.  She was much loved by all and an inspiration to her late niece Helen Kolasa and surviving nieces and nephews Paul Brach, Mary Jo Brach, Margie Seidewand, Jim Rychwalski, Bruce Rychwalski, Joan Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Fran Bergstrom, Dorothy Greiner, Pat Meschke, their spouses and many great- and great-great- nieces and nephews.  Rose showed everyone how to age well and stay interested in life to the end.  No one ever guessed her age – she always looked and had the energy of one at least 20 years younger in her later years.  An independent spirit, she gave up driving and started accepting some help only after a fall at the age of 100!  She outperformed all the others in physical and occupational therapy.  She amazed everyone!  She is sorely missed.

A celebration of Rose’s life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM for immediate family.  Livestream of her Mass will be available for viewing through  She will be interred privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery alongside her loving husband, Oscar.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highland Park Conservancy, the National Parks Foundation, or a charity of your choosing.  For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit



Service: February 16, 2021 9:30 am

St. Charles Borromeo Church
3003 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14616


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Rose Meschke 's name.

Highland Park Conservancy

180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

National Parks Foundation

1500 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005

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  1. May Aunt Rose enjoy Heaven’s Peace and smile upon all of us. God’s blessings of peace and comfort.

  2. We are so deeply saddened for the loss of our dear neighbor of 37 yrs. We have so many fond memories that we will always cherish of Rose. She was the best neighbor we could have ever asked for. Kenny & I will truly miss Rose. Our thoughts and prayers our with Rose’s family. May you find comfort in the days to come that Rose is at Peace in the arms of Our Loving Heavenly Father. Rose truly was an inspiration to us all of how to live life to its fullest. 🕊
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Kenny & Lori Muhs

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