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Rosemarie Menassas (O'Neill)

March 24, 1939 - October 30, 2022


Rosemarie was the only daughter of the marriage of Joseph and Marie O’Neill, born in Marmora, ON, in March 1939. She is predeceased by 4 of her 6 brothers (Harold (Judy), Frank (Pansy), Kelly (Karen) and Joe (Janet)) and survived by brothers John (Linda) and Peter (Sandra). She was also predeceased by the 3 members of her father Joseph’s first marriage, (Mary (John), Thomas and Jane (Wilf)).
She is survived by 3 of her children of her first marriage to Jim Shrubb, (Norah-Jane (Phillip), Scott (Kendra) and Kevin) and predeceased by her daughter Sandra (David Mattina). The three Bonus children Rosemarie acquired through her marriage to George Menassas also survive her (Katherine (Michael), Adam and Amber (Jay)).
Rose also leaves behind her grandchildren, Abria Mattina (Dan Fachin), Sarah Mattina, James Shrubb (Julia), Scott Shrubb (Alicia), Emily and Owen Shrubb and her bonus grandkids: Quinn and Christian Rashed, Emma and Jack Roberts, and Calleigh Menassas.  She also leaves her 6 great-grandsons: James’ boys: Sam, Jack and Theo Shrubb, and Scott’s boys: Max and Oliver Shrubb and Abria’s son: Jamie Fachin.
Rose attended Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Marmora ON. and Graduated from Madoc High School, beginning her working life in teaching K-Gr 1 in Coldwater, ON, leaving that to enlist in the RCAF during the Cold War in 1958. She retired from that to become a wife to Jim Shrubb and a stay at home Mom until her children were all in school.  Then began a series of work in the retail sector and a few years of teaching in the Fashion Arts program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON. On leaving Hamilton to live in Abbotsford, BC in 1992, she began working in the Fabric retail business, retiring in 2002.
Among her many activities in Abbotsford, Rose enjoyed Scottish Country dancing, Square Dancing, and kept busy with Quilting, embroidery, and papercrafting. She was an active member of the Abbotsford Quilt Guild and was also active with the Celiac Society, after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2001.
She leaves behind her best friend and the love of her life, George…plus dozens of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

This obituary was composed and written by Rose herself in the spring of 2022.


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Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Laurie McEniry
Relation: Friend

My condolences to George and his family. Also condolences to Dave, Abby,Dan, Sarah, and Justin on the loss of your Mother in law and Grandmother.

From: Eunice Brownson/Cathy Brownson
Relation: Aunt and cousin

A wonderful and beautiful soul that shone on all she met and befriended. She rejoiced in God her Saviour and the forgiveness of sins. John 3:16

From: Scott Shrubb
Relation: Son

Was saddened with the loss of Mom, but am comforted that she is at peace, without pain and with all of those that went before her. Our birthday will never be the same but am thankful for the good memories I have. Until I see you again… Love, your birthday present.

From: Carolyn Jennings
Relation: Long time friend through the Abbotsford Quilt guild.

Rose, you were such a great friend with a personality like no other. Your smile and laughter were contagious and you were always entertaining. We are all shedding tears over our loss of your life and therefore, your company. I feel blessed to have known you and so glad we were able to share some memorable times.

From: Kevin Shrubb
Relation: Son

Prayers and love and peace to everyone that was touched by the light of Mom’s life and spirit.

From: Jake Parmar
Relation: Neighbour

Rose was a great neighbour and friend to our family. We were blessed to have known her and her kindness to all her neighbours. Rest in peace dear friend🙏

From: Nearissa Kasper
Relation: A friend through Abbotsford Quilt Guild

My condolences George and family. We all will miss Rose. She was a great friend and taught me so much, especially about celiac disease. I will miss her smile and great sense of humour. The cards she posted and sent. She was very talented. Rest well Rose. See you again one day

From: Linda and Alan Yamaguchi
Relation: Friend and Neighbor

Rose was always such a lovely neighbour to meet on the corner. Such a positive outlook and so kind and interesting with her quick wit. We’ll miss seeing her driving up the street in her gold Blazer. Linda and Alan.

From: Tammy & Raman Gill
Relation: Neighbor

Dear George

My heart filled condolences to you during this difficult time. We have such sweet memories of Rose when she made Liam a blanket when he was born. It was such a thoughtful gift.

Raman, Tammy, Liam and Evan

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