With saddened hearts we announce the passing of our mom, Rose Desrochers, at the age of 96, on June 29, 2021, at the Rideau Personal Care Home in Brandon. Mom passed peacefully with family at her side.
Mom, the youngest of five girls, was born in Bruxelles, MB on May 16th, 1925 to Eugene and Eleanore Goedert. She grew up on the family farm located in the Archibald district where she also attended school.
After leaving home mom worked at the hotel in Pilot Mound, MB where she met her future husband Will Desrochers. Will and Rose married in October 1944 and made their home in La Riviere, MB for a number of years. Will was employed by the C.P.R and later the pipeline industry which took them to numerous locations throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. They moved to a farm in Greenway, MB in 1955 and in 1969 to a farm at Baldur, MB. Mom and dad had seven children: Shirley, Raymond, Margaret, Lorraine, Larry, Robert, and Randy. Mom moved to Baldur in 1979 following dad’s passing in 1977.
In Baldur mom met her longtime partner Elton Cornock and the two families quickly became very close knit and remain so even after Elton’s passing.
Mom was predeceased by dad, her son Raymond, son-in-law John, great great grandchild Kayden, longtime partner Elton as well as her parents and four sisters.
Mom leaves to mourn her passing: Shirley Desrochers (Jim), Margaret (Midge) Stace (Gordon), Lorraine Packham (Fred), Larry (Laurie), Rob (Rhonda), Randy as well as 9 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 21 great great grandchildren, Elton Cornock’s family as well as numerous relatives.
Mom had many passions and loves. Everything from Fall Suppers to Christmas decorating and music to joking and playing pranks to coffee and cocktails with the local girls. Her family was her biggest passion although country music and dancing were close seconds. Watching mom dance was a thing of beauty and she could dance better than all of us combined. The Fugitives were mom and Elton’s favorite country band, and they would travel long distances to dance to their music. Other passions ranged from attending hockey with dad in Pilot Mound, playing cards, camping and road trip holidays with the family. Large family gatherings, especially Christmas, her birthday and Thanksgiving were her favorite. Although mom found knitting and sewing relaxing and rewarding, she could not knit a sock to save the farm.
Mom took great pride in her appearance, her home, and her family. She dressed to the nines for dancing or family gatherings, she kept a spotless farmhouse and she instilled in her children a sense of pride which is a legacy that lives on in her extended family.
One of her most memorable traits was a mischievous sense of humour. Her grin and giggle were infectious and always gave away that she was planning a practical joke or prank. Her razor-sharp wit usually came with a razor-sharp tongue.
Food was also a passion and mom loved her fried chicken, Pepsi, licorice all-sorts, Blackberry Arbor Mist wine, Christmas cake and of course Fall Suppers and the Hot & Frosty in Ninette.
In 2016, at 91 years young, Mom moved into the PCH in Glenboro. After two years she moved to Rideau Park PCH in Brandon to be closer to family. The family would like to thank the staff of both homes for the care and comfort provided to mom during her final years.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at a location to be determined. Interment will take place in the Baldur Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Online condolences may be sent to the Desrochers family by www.willmorchapel.com