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BLAIS, Rosalie

May 25, 1922 — November 7, 2018

“God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him” 1 John 4:16

With gratitude for the profound gift she has been in our lives, we sadly announce the death of our precious mother, Rosalie Blais, born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan May 25, 1922; died at Hospice House in Kelowna, B.C. on November 7, 2018.
Mom was predeceased by her loving husband, Emile Blais, who died in 1971. They were heart broken when they lost an infant in childbirth. Mom is survived by her 7 children: Alex Blais (Gaylene), Dennis Blais (Bette Lynn), Mary Ann Smithwick (Tom), Rita Thomas (Peter), Susie McCann (Neil), Alice Sales (Larry), Deanna Delyea (Garth), as well as 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Mom had a full and meaningful life. She was born into a loving, French, Catholic family of farmers where she learned to work hard and persevere. She married her soulmate, a kind, caring and generous man who served in the Canadian Air Force training pilots. Mom and dad shared most of their years together in Assiniboia, close to mom’s family, where they owned and operated a hardware and furniture store. After dad’s tragic death, mom with the support of family courageously and successfully carried on with the operation and management of the store. In 1981, she moved to Kelowna where for 35 years she lived with Mary Ann and Tom. She was a very active member of St. Charles Garnier Parish and the Catholic Women’s League.

Mom’s deepest passion was her faith in God and, of course, her family. She lived a life of service to others, had an exceptional gift of hospitality, generously reached out to those in need and spread joy, laughter and fun. She encouraged us to love fully and embrace every opportunity to celebrate the gift that we are to each other. She was known for her fabulous cooking and her beautifully designed greeting cards. Many souls have been touched by the precious little angels she so lovingly made. Many more have been touched by her prayers. Thank you, mom. Our hearts are forever filled with your love.
We are extremely grateful to Dr. Rosalie Swart and Dr. Wendy Wickstrom for their amazing care. Thank you also to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Central Okanagan Hospice House.
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, November 12 at St Charles Garnier Church, 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC. Prayers will be offered at 5:30 pm on November 11 at St. Charles Garnier Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Freedom’s Door, www.freedomsdoorkelowna.com. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Prayer Service
5:30 pm on November 11, 2018

10:00 am on Monday, November 12

St Charles Garnier Church

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Freedom’s Door. Link: www.freedomsdoorkelowna.com


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The prayer service for BLAIS, Rosalie is scheduled for 5:30 pm on November 11, 2018 at located at 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC.

The service for BLAIS, Rosalie is scheduled for 10:00 am on Monday, November 12 . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

St Charles Garnier Church

3645 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Glen & Margaret Kupper says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the families.
    We remember Rosalie as one of the most pleasant, friendly clerks that ever waited on us. She always dressed so smart and I thought she was very “classy”
    RIP Rosalie

  • Wanda Agar says:

    Tom, Maryanne, Tom, Renee and Joshua
    You are in our prayers as you journey through this time of loss and of celebrating a life so well lived. I am thankful to God that you were able to have such a beautiful time together with your Mom as she crossed the thin veil from here to eternity. May you find comfort in her love and the love of our savior! God Bless you all – Wanda and Family

  • Lotte and Bill Waiting says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to all who loved her…sending prayers and gentle thoughts.

  • Leanne H says:

    Mary Ann, Tom, Renee and family. Prayers and condolences to you all as your grieve Rosalie’s passing. She filled your home with love. I’m certain she will be missed.

  • Jocelyn Hansen and Denise Arndt says:

    Much love and many hugs to the whole family! Mom and I are enjoying the fun stories of our many times together. May the good Lord pour His peace and healing balm over you, as you celebrate such an amazing woman!

  • Deanna & Rob Schmidt says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Rosalie’s passing. She was a wonderful, warm and classy person. As a little girl, I would go with my Dad to the hardware store just before Christmas and she would help us pick out a gift for my Mom. Such lovely memories of her.

  • Carolyn Schoepp says:

    Our condolences, Alex and Gaylene.
    Gary & Carolyn Schoepp

  • Pam and Kevin, -Assiniboia says:

    So sorry for your loss…. Heaven’s gain. Amazing testimonial of a life well lived!! God bless you each and every one as you heal and reminisce and realize the precious gift you’ve got to share. Next generation! Their ceiling is our floor! Keep up the great work! You are a Blessed family! Spread the wealth well! …”To know Christ and make Him known! ” covering you in prayer and Love! Xoxoxox love Kevin and Pam and family!

  • George and Beverly Brazier says:

    Our thoughts and love are with you at this difficult time. It sounds like your Mom was an incredible woman who shared a life well-spent in service to others. Blessings to you all. G & B

  • Lynn Robinson says:

    Sorry to hear about Aunt Rosalie. She was a great lady. I remember many great times with her.

  • Arne and Margo Bratland says:

    So sorry for the passing of your Mother. Our deepest condolences to you and Gayleen and family. Sending Love and prayers Arne and Margo

  • Jan Cooke says:

    Our deepest sympathy Dennis, Bette Lynn and family. We are thinking of you at this sad time and send you love and hugs.

  • Lisa Waiting-Adamson says:

    My sympathies to Rosalie’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Alison and Terry Lewis says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mom/ grandmother. She was such a bright light in our world. Her smile and love for all shined through. Sending our love and hugs to you!

  • Denise and Marcel Bergevin says:

    Dear Marry Ann and Tom. May love surround you, may faith sustain you, may hope encourage you day by day

    Mary Ann and Tom: May love surround you, may faith sustain you, may hope encourage you day by day. Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Mary Ann. May the belief that she is now with God bring you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Blais family. Sincerely, Denise and Marcel.

  • Marie Clarke says:

    My dear friend, Mary Ann…. I’m so sorry for your loss and am holding you, Tom, Renee and all your family in my prayers. What an inspiration it has been to witness the deep love and tender care within your heart and home, particularly for your mom, who was such an amazing prayer warrior and bright light for many. I was deeply touched by her warmth and kindness and by the special bond you all had with her. I will hold the memories of my time with her in my heart always and will miss her. Much love and prayer. your friend Marie

  • Shirley and Dwight Sawatzky says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blais family. Unfortunately, we never got the chance to meet your Mom/Grandmother in person. But, from the stories and such we heard, she was an Awesome Lady. I know Mason thought the world of her.
    Thinking of you,
    Dwight and Shirley

  • Rod Schultz says:

    Alex & Gaylene
    So sorry to hear of your loss of a Super lady, Mother and Grandmother! Rosalie was one if a kind, a gift to family and friends!! Bessings and peace to you all!!
    Rod Schultz & Crystal Delaire

  • marilu ducharme says:

    My deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of this special woman. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ken Orban says:

    Dear Alice and family I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your Mon as a happy, caring person who always made me feel welcome throughout my youth. Your Mom was a classy lady. My thoughts and prayers will be with you through this difficult time.

  • Camille Blais & Gwen Zappa says:

    Alex and Gaylene we are so sorry to hear of the passing of our sister in law and your dear mother Rosalie. Although we have not seen her often during her lifetime because of distances, we will always remenber her charm and beauty.on her visit to Quebec City several years ago. Please pass our condoléances to all the members of you family. We will be thinking of you.

    Camille & Gwenj

  • Brenda & Marty Prentice says:

    To all the extended Blais clan: Although we had not seen Rosalie for several years, our memories of her remain indelible. She was so considerate and caring, loving of her family and engaging. What a long life well lived! We understand that even during her last weeks, she still won her share of board games and cards with her children and their spouses. Our thoughts are with you. Brenda & Marty

  • Wyatt & Lois Gilbertson says:

    To all the Blais families,

    Our thought , hugs and prayers go out to all of you! Rosalie was such a beautiful blessing to all! she will be very sadly missed but her memories will live on forever! Peace and prayers for all!
    Wyatt and Lois

  • Laureen and Walter Bida says:

    Deepest condolences Alex and Gaylene and to your families.

  • Jack and Bonnie Houston says:

    Dear Mary Ann, Tom, and Renee
    Daughter, Son in Law and Granddaughter to Rosalie. Rosalie was truly a ray of sunshine, as you were to her. Jack and I are so saddened by the loss of you mother. We were very blessed and honored to have known her. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Forever remembered and forever at peace. Love Jack and Bonnie

  • Pam Kemp says:

    This morning I was meditating on Paul’s statement, “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Certainly that is true of Rosalie. Now she has returned to her Source and can see God face-to-face, rather than through a mirror, darkly. It is a loss for us, true, but it is all gain for her. Let’s rejoice in her reunion!

  • yolanda fradette says:

    .To all of you and your family Alex, Dennis, Mary Ann, Rita, Susie, Alice, and Deanna, I’m so sorry for your loss..
    My very best friend from the flat lands of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan to the hills and valleys of the Okanagan , B.C., We carried our friendship, The fun and laughter we shared, a round of golf, playing cards (Black Queen), fireside dinners, morning coffee in and coffee out. To name a few. Truly a very special friend..Warm, Kind & Generous. She will be sorely missed..
    Yolanda, (Terry Bond), Jynelle (John Burton) Kaitlyn, Warren Fradette (Lisa )& Sienna

  • caron fafard says:

    My deepest condolences to all of Rosalie’s family.

  • Carla Parker-Holland (Patrick) says:

    Mary Ann, Tom and Renee,
    I was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. How lucky she was to have had such a wonderful family to live with all these years. My thought and prayers are with you.
    Carla Parker (Patrick)

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