WALLACE, Rose Mary Glaser - Died bravely, peacefully and with calm dignity at her Stratford home April 12th, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Rose’s death followed a brief battle with leukemia.
The ninth of eleven children, Rose was born in Stoughton, Saskatchewan and is predeceased by her parents Elizabeth (1956) and Lawrence (1968), most of her siblings, and her husband, Francis Gerald (Gerry) Wallace (1998).
Raised on a farm in Ponoka, Alberta, Rose was twelve years old when her life changed. The local school teacher marched up to the farmhouse and encouraged Rose’s father to send Rose and one of her sisters to high school, an uncommon recommendation for young women of that time.
Not only was Rose clearly intelligent, she possessed determination and a tireless work ethic – qualities that enriched her almost-89 years. After completing high school, she decided on a nursing career and set out for Ontario, where she worked tenaciously to put herself through school. In 1952 Rose graduated with a nursing degree from Toronto East General Hospital, and then went on to train as a stewardess in Montreal. Afterwards she flew out of Toronto for TCA for several years before marrying Gerry in 1957.
The airline moved the couple to Vancouver where their children, Joanne and Jeff, were born. The family was later transferred to Dorval, then Oakville, and Rose nursed at both Lakeshore General and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospitals. The couple moved to Victoria, BC after Gerry retired, but after his death Rose’s desire to be close to her growing family brought her in Stratford.
Rose was a fiercely loving, generous and devoted grandmother to Emily and Michael Peterman, and a caring mother to Joanne (Doug) and Jeff (Lydia). She was an exceptional nurse, homemaker, cook and gardener; stylish at all times; practical with words and all things useful; a woman of independent strength who lived life on her own terms. Rose will be greatly missed by those privileged enough to have known her.
The family invites you to join them in a celebration of Rose’s life at W.G. Young funeral home, Stratford on Saturday, April 21st at 2pm. Cremation and interment has already taken place.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.