Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rose Broske spent a decade in Hawaii during her Dash Between

Rose Broske, the subject of "The Dash Between" in the March 7, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, used to tell her children, "Go with the flow."

The flow took her, her husband, Bud, and several other young adults from Elyria, Ohio, to Hawaii during World War II. The men went as civilian employees of the Navy shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Rose and some of the women who followed took jobs in Honolulu with the War Department.

The Broskes remained in Hawaii for a few years after the war, but their decade in the U.S. territory before it became a state left its imprint. They decorated the rec room in their house with bamboo furniture and furnishings. Rose was cooking stirfry -- with pineapple -- before it became a popular dish in the states and gave hula lessons to family, friends and students at St. Mary Catholic School in Elyria.

Rose's name showed up frequently on the society pages of her hometown paper as a member of several social groups and softball teams in the late 1930s and later as a leader of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at her church.

Read more about "The Dash Between" July 31, 1920, when she was born Rosemarie Kaiser on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Feb. 10, 2010, when the great-grandmother from Carlisle Township, Ohio, died at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin at age 89, here.

To recommend people for “The Dash Between” obit features for the Elyria Chronicle, Medina County Gazette, or other print or online publications, contact Alana Baranick at or 216-862-2617.

This "Dash Between" column was originally posted on on March 7, 2010.

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