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New Validation: Rose DeGrasse (1912-2022) of the United States

On her 108th birthday in 2020. (Source: KTIV) On her 108th birthday in 2020. (Source: KTIV)

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Rose DeGrasse at 110 years old. She was an American supercentenarian considered to be among the oldest living people in Texas, USA, and possibly the oldest living person of Lebanese descent.

Rose DeGrasse was born Rose Mary Rizk in Sioux City, Iowa, USA, on 4 October 1912. Her parents are originally from the village of Jib Janin in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon, and she had five siblings.

She grew up in Sioux City in the house her father built in 1918. She also did her schooling there where she finished her high school from Sioux City East High School in 1930.

Rose attended two years at the University of Iowa as a college undergraduate in psychiatric social work. She shared a room there with her sister, Josephine Margaret Studebaker. Then, the two of them returned to Sioux City upon hearing some news about their mother. It was about their mother being involved in an automobile accident that left her paraplegic in 1933.

Undated, with her husband. (Source:
Undated, with her husband.

On 8 December 1945, Rose married Charles “Chuck” DeGrasse who was previously stationed in Europe during the war. The couple had three children.

She served on the Alter Societies of two churches before becoming a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio. She also played gold avidly for 75 years before giving up at the age of 96.

DeGrasse passed away in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on 5 November 2022, at the age of 110 years old. She was survived by two of her children, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandsons.

For more information, please view Rose DeGrasse’s Directory Profile here.

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