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ROSEMARIE IRENE JOHNSTON (MARTEL) (ROSE)

Born: Jul 09, 1941

Date of Passing: Apr 11, 2021

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ROSEMARIE IRENE JOHNSTON
(nee MARTEL)
July 9, 1941 – April 11, 2021

With great sadness, I announce the passing of my mother, Rosemarie (Rose) on April 11, 2021, age 79. In addition to myself, Mom leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and long-time friends who will cherish her memory.
Rose was the baby of the large Martel family, "lucky number 13" as she liked to say. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Abraham and Philomene Martel; brothers, Stanley, Stephen, Nelson, Allan, Walter (Wally), Raymond; and sisters, Doris Rivers, Freda Wilson, Laurine (Lori) Riel, Elsie Bessette.
Rose was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Fort Garry. She spent most of her life in Winnipeg only living in Toronto for a few years. She enjoyed time with family and friends, having a meal, a daily outing, sharing stories and a good laugh.
A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Meadowood Manor where she lived the last two years of her life for their dedication, kindness, inspired, compassionate and loving care. Also, a special thank you to the staff at St. Boniface Emergency Room for their kindness to us both.
Due to COVID-19 a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, yet to be determined.

Family invite you to sign the online book of condolences at ejcoutu.ca

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
204-253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Rose was my dearest friend's mother, and a constant in my life. She was a formidable, no nonsense woman but had a surprisingly wicked sense of humour. Like her namesake Rose was an attractive, graceful woman but was not without some stubborn and prickly thorns. Amber and I spent many winter days playing at each other's homes, and Rose would be in the background, playing her music- Neil Diamond and The Four Seasons- polishing furniture and checking up on us girls when things got too loud or quiet. She ran a tight ship- neat, tidy and organized. I am sure there were times when our shenanigans got on her nerves, and we would be sent outside, to the park, the pool or my home. Rose was a great role model working full-time and being a single mom during a time when independent women and mothers received very little support and rights in society. There were weekends when Rose had to go into work and either leave her daughter for an extended playdate at my home or take her to work. It was not easy for her as a woman or single mom. I remember when I was a kid, she told me she saved to buy a car outright because she was a divorced woman who couldn't get a car loan. Once she had her vehicle, she would take Amber and I on little adventures to Assiniboine Park, the Bridge, and to visit her family. As I grew into adulthood, I spent holidays and birthdays with Rose, seeing how much she loved her family, dancing at the Legion or home to music of her youth or reminiscing about her youthful exploits and adventures. Rose was a determined woman and traditional mother raising her daughter to be responsible and independent despite the stress and challenges of being a single parent. She did the best she could in life with often some poor choices available to her. It is wonderful to hear about Rose's legacy. I hope Rose realized her greatest gift to others was herself and helping lay the foundations for an incredible woman, her daughter. Rose showed me through her lived experiences that women could and should be more than mothers or wives and we need to make our own path, like she. - Posted by: Tammy Kittelman (Life-long friend) on: Apr 19, 2021

  • I was sorry to hear of Rosemarie's passing. Let me tell you a story. I went to school with your Mom and lived a few houses away at 1017 Waterford. I knew the whole family and have been in the old house many times. 70 years later I still drive by for the memories. I used to walk with your limping Grandpa Abe as he tilled his garden with his one wheel tiller. I remember your Mom as being very feisty as she came out on top of an altercation at school. I remember all the good times. Peace be with you. Jack Barton - Posted by: Jack Barton (Neighbour) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • I worked with Rose for a few years before her retirement. She trained me to be her replacement although I am not sure I ever reached her high standards, but did my best. She was very meticulous and I admired her for that quality. We shared stories and always found something to have a good heart-felt laugh about. She was loyal and a very kind and loving person. Rest In Peace Rose, sorry for your loss Amber. She loved you and spoke of you often. - Posted by: Anne Robinson (Friend from work) on: Apr 17, 2021

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