Rosalie Maggio, La Crescenta, California, died September 18, 2021 after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Arrangements are entrusted to Solace Cremation and Funeral Home, Los Angeles, Ca. Services will be held at a later date.
Born November 8, 1943, in Victoria, Texas, to Irene Cecilia Nash Maggio and Paul Joseph Maggio, D.D.S., she was the oldest of eight siblings who grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was a 1961 graduate of St. Edmond High School. She majored in French at the University of Saint Catherine, and traveled often to France throughout her life.
She and husband David C. Koskenmaki, a research scientist and holder of numerous patents, were parents of Liz Koskenmaki (Anthony Thompson), Katie Koskenmaki (Jason Middleton), and Matt Koskenmaki (Nora Terry Koskenmaki), and grandparents to Zoe and Evy Koskenmaki and Margot Middleton.
Award-winning author of 24 books and hundreds of articles, she “resurrected” the long-forgotten French daredevil, athlete, and pilot Marie Marvingt. She authored a French-language biography and subsequently an English version. These were followed with a 3-part award-winning series in Cricket magazine. “How to Say It” was a 3-million-copy bestseller. Rosalie’s books on biased language were considered landmark works. She also was in the forefront of collecting and popularizing quotations by women with eight published collections of quotations. Her website, www.quotationsbywomen .com, showcases over 44,000 quotations by women, organized by topic and author. She especially liked writing for children, with stories in Highlights for Children, Jack and Jill, Cricket, Spider, and others. Although she had numerous favorite quotations by women, the one she tried to live by was credited to Thucydides. When he was asked when justice would come to Athens, he said, “Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are.”
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, children, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, as well as siblings Frank Maggio (Mary Claire), Patrick Maggio (Cynthia), Kevin Maggio, Mary Maggio (Mike Pliner), Paul Maggio, D.D.S. (Terry), Dr. Mark Maggio, and Matt Maggio, D.D.S. (Laura).
Cards may be sent to David Koskenmaki, 2732 Willow Haven Drive, La Crescenta, Ca. 91214, and Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.