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Rose Johnstone

Rose Marie Johnstone

Friday, July 4th, 1958 - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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Johnstone, Rose Marie
passed away at home, with family by her side, on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the age of 62. Beloved wife of Rod for 35 years. Loving mother of Mike. Dear sister of Gerry Balzer (Rita), Paul Balzer (Wanda) and the late Tina Marie Balzer who died in infancy. Loving sister-in-law of Bob Johnstone (Judy) and Colleen Johnstone (late Jim). Dear daughter-in-law of Bernice Smith. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents George and Julie Balzer.
Rose's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener, (519) 749-8467. Funeral Mass at St. Anne's RC Church, 268 East Ave., on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11 a.m. Please note that if you wish to attend either the visitation or the mass, masks are mandatory and you must RSVP through the funeral home website or by calling (519) 749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com to view Rose's memorial and to RSVP.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Anne's R. C. Church
    268 East Ave.
    Kitchener, ON N2H1Z4
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Mary Ann Wasilka

Posted at 12:43pm
I met Rose Johnstone 20 years ago, at an ‘ all star ‘ reading program at our children’s’ public school. A couple years later we got better acquainted at a Lenten program in the neighbourhood. We were both busy moms and didn’t meet again until I was going through a difficult life transition. At that time I was setting my ‘cool’ friends aside and started to seek out ‘good’ folks in life, not that I am ‘good’ , but that it seemed to be an attempt to shift to finding virtue where it was. I reconnected with her at the time of her first diagnosis of ovarian cancer and we saw each other as I lived on the street. We started to attend mass when possible, seeking a church providing spiritual guidance and support. it didn’t take long to see that Roses’ warmth and caring and friendly smile were genuine. Rose struggled with trying to do as much as she could for those she loved and still live with cancer. She told me she was living with cancer, not dying of it and she did. Although Rose wished for more time and still wanted to continue helpIng others, her cancer had a final say. Roses’ daily life is her testimony. I don’t know how to detail everything in her life that made her a ‘good’ person, not perfect ( although she was perfect for Rod and Mike) . Her coffee was perfection. Her smile and joy and concern for others were honestly reflected in her face. Those who doubt that the world has no examples of human love should know it existed for a time on Brubacher St. It is for us the living to try to reflect it as living memorial when we are givien the opportunity to carry on for at least a couple years the love she wished to provide.

Cheryl Halley

Posted at 08:54pm
I have many fond memories of times with Rose, Rod and Michael. From family camping with the Bennetts to cottage weekends, walks, time at the beach, shared meals and easy comfortable conversation. My love and sympathy to the Johnstone and Balzer families. Words seem inadequate to express the feelings behind the sentiment but they will have to do. Virtual Hugs, Cheryl Halley

Peter Winkler

Posted at 11:19am
Rod, Mike and family: We are so saddened by the news of Rose's passing.
With deepest sympathy,
Peter and Mary-Ellen Winkler

Cheryl Balzer

Posted at 09:49am
A Tribute to Aunt Rose
By: Cheryl Balzer
On behalf of the family I would like to begin by extending my gratitude to all the relativities, friends and attendees who have come today or have sent their condolence to honor the remarkable women Rose Marie Johnstone; a person we have all come to love and cherish for many years. The amount of people who have connected with the family over the few days to pay their last respects is only a small testimony to the lives she personally touched.
All of us have known Rose in a variety of different roles: daughter, niece, sister, mother, wife, aunt, cousin, co-worker and friend. I have been beyond privileged to know this woman as my Aunt Rose. I struggled on how I could summarize such an extraordinary women’s life. When I think of my Aunt Rose there are several words that come to all our minds, some of the adjectives that come to my mind are: thoughtful, hardworking, selfless, caring, humorous, strong and courageous woman. This was further solidified for myself by reading the memories posted of Rose or hearing conversations from other individuals. For instance, I heard someone say yesterday “if I could be like anyone it would to be like Rose”. She possessed so many qualities that many of us can only aspire or wish to be like.
Some of the fondest memories I have of my Aunt and I will cherish forever are the ones spent on hot summer days up at the cottage with the entire family as well as holiday dinners. I will also remember my Aunt by her great artistic capabilities with folk art, her delicious rhubarb pies and her green thumb. Rose was a loving and caring wife to Rod and was a proud and an amazing mother to her son Michael. She was so grateful to be able to see you grow to the young great man you are today, her extraordinary personality and qualities will live on in you forever. In both of you.
Her personality could light up any room. She was the type of individual who would always put other individual’s needs ahead of her own, the most selfless. The type of person who gave so much but asked for so little. This was shown multiple times throughout her life but for myself this was shown with how she cared for my grandma when she was in a nursing home.
Her strength the last 11 years has also been absolutely remarkable, she showed so much courage and strength throughout the ups and downs and Rod how you cared and provided for her unconditionally throughout that time never went unnoticed and will never be forgotten.
I know I do not stand here alone today when I say I will miss my aunt’s smile and positive attitude. “Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal”; but I think above all we can all leave here today and try to be more Rose like for our future days.

Anne Marie Levac-Wolfert Posted at 08:13pm

Cheryl, such a beautiful tribute to Rose. Thanks so much for posting it. You captured her beautiful qualities. She was a great source of strength for many. She was a lovely example of faith and courage as she quietly battled cancer. She was an amazing daughter, wife, mother, sister, niece and beautiful cousin. Every year, on our shared birthday, I will be sure to pay special tribute to her (as we did with our grandfather, who was also born on our July 4 birthday). I am grateful for her influence in my life. Miss you so much Rose.We are here for your family. Rest in eternal peace. Love Anne Marie

Jo-Anne Groh

Posted at 11:53am
This saddens me as Rose was such a courageous and warm and loving person. I used to enjoy our talks at Allianz. Even though she was going through troubling times she was so positive and continue to spread her sweet nature to everyone she came in contact with' Heaven is getting a special angel.

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