Rose F. Kennedy Shafer died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, following a brief illness. She was 64 years of age and resided in Larkspur, Calif.
Rose was the picture of elegance and grace and was loyal and generous to everyone in her life. She was loved and admired by all who knew her and her passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of family, friends and co-workers.
Rose was born in the Philippines and christened Rosita C. Francisco. When she was eight months old her family moved to San Francisco. She attended Mission High School and received her BSN, RN at San Francisco State University. After practicing clinical nursing for a number of years she entered the world of healthcare information technology where she worked as a highly skilled consultant for over 25 years.
After her marriage, Rose became the senior director of Revenue Cycle Management at NorthBay Healthcare, a position she held from January 2008 to the time of her death. She managed multiple departments and complex system implementations with remarkable effectiveness while treating the more than 120 people for whom she was responsible with the greatest consideration and encouragement.
Rose was very involved in supporting NorthBay’s Adopt-a-School Program. Her heart went out to disadvantaged children and her wish was to create a fund to provide shoes and supplies for children in need at local schools.
She is survived by her husband Dr. Michael Shafer; her siblings, Ann, Julius (Felicia), James (Teresita) and Nilda (John); and her much adored nephews and nieces, Nicholas Jr., Spencer, Erick, Jason, James Jr., Connie, Curtis, Crystal and John Jr.
In lieu of flowers her family requests donations to the Rose F. Kennedy Memorial Endowment Fund, which may be mailed to NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, 4500 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, or sent via www.northbay.org.
Services and a celebration will be held outdoors noon to 3:30 p.m, Sunday, Feb. 10, at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Ave., San Rafael.