A service of celebration of the life of Rosalind Marie Peel Carstens was held on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the chapel of Murphy’s Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va. Rosalind passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Gino Tognotti, in Vienna, Va., on Nov. 30, 2013, at the age of 91 years.
Pastor Eileen Gilmer of Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, Va., officiated at the celebration of life and graveside services. Rosalind’s daughter, Christine Carstens, provided the eulogy. The meditative hymn was "On Eagles Wings".
Burial and a graveside service took place in Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Pall bears were Gino Tognotti, Stuart Kruger, Jeff Kruger, Richard L. Peddicord, Thomas Merhar and Ned Thomas.
Rosalind Marie Peel Carstens, daughter of Samuel Kenley and Marie Christine Kiesel Peel, was born on April 29, 1922, in Perry.
Rosalind was a member of National Honor Society, Latin Club and Girls Athletic Association. The Perry Daily Chief reported that she was salutatorian of her graduating class. Following graduation from Perry High School in 1940, Rosalind attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. Following her graduation from AIB, she worked for Perry Attorney Blake Willis. She was encouraged by Mr. Willis to take testing for a civil service position. Then at only 20 years old she relocated to Washington, D.C., having accepted a civil service appointment to the Department of Navy. She later transferred to a position at the Central Intelligence Agency.
She traveled to Washington with her close high school friends, Evelyn Bender Pinnell, Doris Johns Pantier and Frieda Potter, with the girls rooming together in a boarding house in Kalorama, in Northwest Washington, with other young men and women who had moved to Washington to fill the ranks of government departments that were expanding to meet the war effort.
It was there that she met her future husband, Raymond Carstens, who hailed from a small town in South Dakota.
Rosalind and Ray married in 1945 and settled in Arlington, Va., where they raised a family and lived for more than 50 years.
Rosalind was a devoted mother and volunteer, helping in her daughters’ elementary schools and teaching Sunday school classes at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church. She was active in Girl Scouts, serving as a troop leader for her daughters’ troops, as service unit chairman and in other GSCNC positions.
Rosalind and Ray welcomed family members and friends, providing tours of the Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland and New York areas and making vacation time of hometown visitors more enjoyable.
In the 1970s, when her daughters were in high school and middle school, Rosalind returned to the work force with positions at airplane brokerage firms in Tyson’s Corner, Va., and then in Poolesville, Md.
After retiring, she pursued various hobbies, including traveling, cooking and genealogy.
Most of all she was devoted to her grandchildren. She loved taking care of them, and they regarded her home as a second home.
Rosalind will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Samuel and Marie Peel; her beloved husband of 52 years, Raymond H. Carstens; her four dearly loved brothers and sisters-in-law: Lloyd Peel and wife Mary, Lawrence Peel and wife Eva, Donald Peel and wife Martha, and Clarence Peel and wife Lois
Rosalind is survived by her two loving daughters, Christine Carstens and her husband Stuart Kruger and Suzanne Tognotti and her husband Gino; four beloved grandchildren, Jordan and Jeffrey Kruger and Kali and Katie Tognotti; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.