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Born: Oct 11, 1914

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2021

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October 11, 1914 – August 4, 2021

The family is sad to announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother.
Rose was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Leonard Mark.
Mom was a very determined and disciplined woman and has survived many world-wide events in her 106 years. As a young woman she wanted to be a nurse, but her family thought she was too small to take on such a career. At a time when jobs were scarce, mom worked as a maid for a wealthy family which led her to learning how to bake because her employer asked her to bake two peach pies for the ladies who were coming in for tea the next afternoon. Mom's baking was great. Eventually, mom got a job at Sun Alliance and London Insurance Company. When government automobile insurance was brought into Manitoba, some insurance companies pulled out of the province. However, mom's boss at Sun Alliance called his friend Dan Milne at Milnco Insurance to ask if they were looking for any employees as he thought mom would be a good candidate to work for him. Mom was not only hired by Milnco at the age of 57, mom worked at Milnco for 27 years. Mom was semi-retired for a few years and fully retired at age 84 but only to "give the kids a chance".
Mom lived independently at Shalom Gardens Housing Co-op for 20 years where she made many friends. Mom moved to Golden Door Geriatric Centre where she was cared for the past two years.
Mom leaves to morn her children, Leonard Mark (JoAnn) of Kenora ON, Kathleen Fawley, Eileen Pavey (Wayne) of Lethbridge AB, and Marleen Thompson (Gary), her grandchildren, Susan, Brian (Arifa) and David (Deb) Mark, David (Deb) and Robert Fawley, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She loved us and we loved her back. She was an amazing person.
Our sincere thanks to everyone at Golden Door Geriatric Center for your compassionate care.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral service. The family will gather at a later to date to celebrate the life of this wonderful woman.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Dear Mark family, Through Sue's stories and pictures and phone calls with Rose. I think her work family got to know her pretty well. I know that I truly loved hearing about her from Sue. And we have all enjoyed her Famous Chip Dip. She was an incredible little lady. This was a fantastic, happy account. Sue, you brought tears to my eyes. Much love and condolences to you all. - Posted by: Rayna (Coworker of Susan) on: Aug 13, 2021

  • Deepest condolences to Rose's family. As a young girl, I used to play with Rose's daughters. I remember how nice their mother was. My mother, Lorraine, was friends with Rose. - Posted by: Laurie Flaherty (nee Boulay) (Neighbor as a child) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • I will always remember Auntie Rose as being the smallest of all my Aunts. I always enjoyed the visits that our family had when we were growing up. I will miss my Auntie Rose and her sense of humour. Cathy and myself send our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Doug Corder (Nephew) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • Grandma, I will miss you dearly!! I have so many great memories that I will cherish forever. Sleeping over at your place on Notre Dame Avenue and you watching which ever one of us was staying use the crosswalk to go to McDonald’s to pick up dinner. The times we would take the bus to Easton’s to look at the Christmas window displays and buy Dad a soap on the rope. All the weekends you came to the lake and brought snacks from Mark’s and Spencer’s which would be gone before we were off the perimeter. The super grandma t-shirt and running shoes you wore while walking around the island with us and getting up at 6 am to play lego with the boys. The times you’d come from working downtown taking the bus to our house and I would watch for you walking down Nightingale. I only remember you raising your voice once while babysitting us you told us to be quiet or else you would go home. It lasted about 2 minutes and we started to laugh as we knew you weren’t going anywhere! And of course your famous Grandma’s chip dip recipe which I have actually been threatened to give up LOL. I loved all the times I came over for lunch and the visits we had. I will miss all the stories about your life experiences which there were plenty in your 106 years! You were an amazing Lady ❤️ Love Susan xoxo - Posted by: Susan Mark (Granddaughter ) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • One of the best neighbours, who became unofficial grandma to our family. “Grandma” Mark will be greatly missed! - Posted by: McInnes Family (Neighbours ) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to all of Rose’s family. Our “Aunty Rose” was a remarkable woman who was very kind and caring. We remember many happy times when we visited with Rose. We’ll think of those times often. Lynn and Stephen - Posted by: Lynn Markert (Neice) on: Aug 07, 2021

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