Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT


Rose Konishesky

October 29, 1948November 24, 2019

Rose (Rosie) Ann Konishesky, 71, of Old Saybrook, CT passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, November 24, 2019, following a long illness. Rosie was born in Allentown, PA to the late Stella R. Phillips and father James C. Zellner. Rose grew up in Allentown, PA and was a graduate of Salisbury High School and Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She maintained close, decades-long relationships with friends made in primary school, high school and college. Rosie often traveled with them and hosting annual “Gabfests.”

Rosie worked for many years as a Manufacturer Sales Representative in the Window Treatment industry, ultimately working alongside her husband, Gary, at Casual Curtain for fifteen years.

Rosie fostered life-long passions for reading, sewing, and cooking, and many of her recipes have become staples for family meals. Rosie always opened her home to friends and family. She also spent time continuing her education through language and improvement classes as well as traveling around the country and world with her husband. Rosie also had a love for animals - especially her beloved pet “Abigail”. Rosie is well known in the community for her walks around Main Street with “Dudley”.

Rose is survived by her husband of 37 years, Gary Konishesky; sister Margaret Jones (Clarence) of Center Valley, PA; brother James Zellner (Judy) of Allentown PA, along with several nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by relatives Pat Harter (Konishesky) and her husband Jamie Harter, Jack Konishesky and his wife Michelle, their children Katherine and Joseph, Tom Konishesky and his wife MaryAnn, their children Sarah and Luke,.

A private service will be held for the family with a Celebration of Life to occur in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Connecticut Humane Society


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Jim & Judy Zellner

December 6, 2019

We will miss Rosie. As I know everyone will. She was a truly good person. Our thoughts are with you always Gary.

Mary Ann Konishesky

December 3, 2019


Our hearts break for you. You were the most amazing husband to Rosie. We would say that she was so very lucky to have you, but really, you were lucky to have each other.

When we think of Aunt Rose, we remember how kind and welcoming she was. She would greet us with her beautiful smile, make us laugh with her snarky sense of humor and fill our bellies with a "delicious" meal. We reserved library books according to her recommendations, and were inspired by her dedication to fitness.

We will miss Aunt Rose, but will smile when we reflect on our memories of her.

Tom, Mare, Sarah & Luke

Patty Olsen

December 2, 2019

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I truly enjoyed being with Rosie and thank you for allowing me to help care for her. I feel privileged to have seen how much love you have for her, I know that Rosie felt that as well.
Our deepest sympathies are with you.
Patty Olsen and family

Diane Marcolini

November 30, 2019

Gary and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. It was a privilege to help care for Rosie. I believe we developed a friendship along the way. Gary I will never forget the wonderful care and love you gave Rosie. She left this world knowing she was loved by so many.
Diane and Ed