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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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From: Lorraine Didrikson
Relation: Celiac Friend

Good byes are never easy.
Condolences to George and Family
Rose was a dear friend who came into my life at the beginning of my celiac days. That teaching quality she had provided much information to us all as a group and we all flourished.
Her radiant angelic smile welcomed all. She was a lady who spoke her mind, contributing too many great conversations, laughs and yes tears. There was never a dull moment but just a JOY to be with.
Rose was kind, compassionate and helpful which contributed to her very creative mind and joys of sharing. She was a very talented lady.
Dear Friend, I will miss you.

From: Darien Cope
Relation: Friend

George and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Rose was always such a good friend, shared so many celiac recipes, welcomed us to her home and entertained us often. I shall always treasure the quilt she made me and the many beautiful card crafts she created! Rose will always be remembered fondly. Until we meet again my friend, until.

From: Ashley Parmar
Relation: Neighbour

I was incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Rose. She was always so thoughtful and kind. I will truly miss seeing her around the neighbourhood. Sending you an abundance of love.

From: David J Mattina
Relation: Mother in law

I will miss you dearly Mom. I have only good memories of knowing you for 39 years. You were always a supportive advocate and mentor in my life especially when Sandra got sick and things got really tough.
I did everything I could to save your daughters life but unfortunately came up short.
You were there for me when I needed you most with your kind words of encouragement telling me that I did everything I could.
I will cherish our last phone conversation. I could feel that you were slipping away but couldn’t bring myself to believe it just like I did with Sandra.
I hope that you two are catching up, looking down at all the people that loved you guys so much helping all of us all get through life from time to time.
I may call on you for guidance when I need it most and I know that you will be there for me.
I lost a dear friend, confidant and cheerleader.
You are irreplaceable. God bless you Mom.
Your loving son in law.. David ❤️

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