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ROSELLA (ROSE) OGSTON (published on January 26, 2010)

ROSELLA (ROSE) OGSTON Mom passed away peacefully and without pain, with her daughters at her side, on January 23, 2010 at Seven Oaks Hospital. Rosella was born to Connie and Bill Fitzgerald in Winnipeg, January 30, 1924. She grew up in West Kildonan, attending Victory School, where she made friendships that lasted a lifetime. The kids from school maintained contact as a group all of their lives. At the age of 17, Rose was recruited to serve in a clerical capacity to the Canadian Air Force in Ottawa. She did a lot of growing up there, made new friends, and continued playing baseball, a sport at which she excelled. Rose returned to Winnipeg, where she married George Ross in 1947. They were married for 25 years, parting ways in 1972. Together they raised three daughters, Linda, Cathy and Kim. In 1974, Rose and Jock Ogston were married, and had many happy years together, with frequent vacations in Hawaii, their favourite place, until Jock's passing in 1993. Mom and Jock were actively involved with the Fort Garry Horse Artillery, worked diligently on the newsletter, and enjoyed many happy times with their friends there. Mom's passion was singing. For many years she was a member of Filmer Hubble's Winnipeg Ladies Choir, as well as the choir at St. John's Presbyterian Church. She was honoured to sing at the weddings of many friends. Mom was a very talented seamstress and craftsperson. Many of us have samples of her handiwork to treasure. Her exquisitely wrapped presents sparkled under many a Christmas tree. Mom was a good, kind, caring and generous woman, and it is for these qualities that she will be remembered most. She would do anything to help anyone and share whatever she had. Rose was a devoted mother, baking for school teas, sewing, and decorating the best Valentine's Day card boxes in the whole school, and instilling in her children values that would serve them throughout their lives. Rose worked outside the home when it was unheard of to do so, doing everything else in her spare time . We were the only kids with fancy sandwiches for lunch, double and triple layers, and trimmed crusts. She worked throughout her career at Smith, Carter, Architects, Great West Life, Trans Canada Credit and Milnco Insurance, where she was a highly valued employee. Rose is survived by her daughters Linda Ross (and treasured grandchildren Alex and Brodey), Cathy (Cliff) Squier, Kim Kruse, and their father, George Ross, favourite niece Connie Creran, as well as by Jock's daughters Shirley (Phillip) Johnson and Johanne Todoruk, and their children (to whom she was Gramma Rose.) Rose will also be sorely missed by her dear friend Audrey Desmond, with whom she shared many good times, and who was there for Rose always. A celebration of Rose's life will be held, Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. Arrangements are in care of Knysh Funeral Chapel. Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations may be made in Rose's memory to a charity of your choice. To sign the book of condolences please go to Love you Mom. We will miss you always.

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