Rose Cristan

IRON RIVER – Rose Theresa Cristan, 94, of Caspian, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Northstar Health System in Iron River.

Rose was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Crystal Falls, the sixth of seven children of the late Attilio and Mary (Pintarelli) Tirapelli.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene (Gene) Cristan; four brothers, Premo, Natale, Alexander (Piccolo), and Attilio (Babe); and two sisters, Laura (Richards) and Margaret (Selmo).

She was married to Eugene (Gene) Cristan of Caspian on Nov. 18, 1945, at Camp Perry, Ohio, where Gene’s cousin, Father Julius Valentinelli, was stationed. Father Velentinelli officiated the ceremony.

Gene and Rose enjoyed ballroom dancing.

Rose graduated and instructed at what is now Northern Michigan University cosmetology studies. She taught cosmetology for seven years. Prior to her marriage to Gene Cristan, she worked with her sister, Laura, who owned Waldorf Hair Shoppe.

Rose owned and operated Rose Antiques in Caspian in the 1960s. She also owned and operated Rose Anne’s Beauty Shoppe in Caspian for several years, while raising her children.

Rose was an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian, where she was a member of the St. Anne Society and an instructor for Catholic Christian Doctrine (CCD) for the children. All of her children were baptized and confirmed at St. Cecilia Catholic Church as well.

Rose was a member of the Third Order of Mount Carmel and was a living example of her faith. She was a member of the Progressive Woman’s Group, who organized Caspian city events to bring people into the community. They organized Maxwell Streets Day, the annual Bratwurst feed, and Italian Days, among other events.

She was the vice president of the Club of Caspian Yarn Spinners, president of The Elite Club of Caspian, member of the Iron County Welcoming Committee and the Caspian Athletic Association.

She received the Iron County Mother of the year award. Her children agree she was an exceptional mother and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Teresa Cristan of Oshkosh, Wis.; and her eight children, David (Nancy) Cristan of Stevens Point, Wis., Gene (Carla) Cristan of Lake Mary, Fla., Mary (Robert) Baumgartner of Iron River, Rose (Joel) Margolus of Victoria, British Columbia, Theresa (Steven) Bangle of Maui, Hawaii, Tony (Debbie) Cristan of Iron River, Margaret Cristan of Ashville, N.C., and Regina Cristan of Portland, Ore.

She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian. Rev. Gregory Veneklase will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Rose Anne Cristan online at

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.