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JOHANNA ALIDA DESROSIERS (published on October 13, 2010)



JOHANNA ALIDA DESROSIERS (nee VERDONK) March 24, 1934 - October 5, 2010 Join us to celebrate the life of beautiful Johanna, cherished wife to Claude and mother to Annika Wetter (Rod), Sonja Wetter (Paul), Jan Normand (Nathalie), Thérèse (Douglas), Monique (Gordon), Christina (Smain) and Solita (Daniel). She will live on in the memory of her grandchildren, Rennie, Sienna, Gilbert (Erin), Denis (Heather), Nicole (Jonathon), Frieda, Cailem and Bronté and great-grandchildren, Madeleine and Alida, and will be remembered to her expected grandchild. She will be sadly missed by siblings Rudi (Gré), Ronnie (Hanny), Mona (Jan) and their families. She leaves behind numerous members of her extended family. She is also survived by her first husband, Annika and Sonja's father, Nicholas Wetter. She is predeceased by her parents Johanna Verdonk, Jan Karl Verdonk, step-mother Simone Verdonk, brother Jan Verdonk, great-granddaughter Amy Saquet and great-grandson Joseph Saquet. Born in Amsterdam, Nederlands, Johanna survived the Second World War and the occupation. Her earliest childhood memory is that of an air raid while running home from kindergarten. The strength she gained served her throughout her life and shaped her. She always revered the Canadian soldiers for liberating her country and honoured them at the cenotaph with tulips every May 5. Johanna immigrated to Canada in 1958. With her passion for dance, she soon achieved the level of Gold Bar Instructor at Arthur Murray's School of Dance in Winnipeg, where she met Claude. They married and started a family. Johanna ran a restaurant, popular with local youth, while Claude taught high school. They soon moved to Alonsa, then to McCreary, which became Johanna's final home. Their family grew to seven children, all of whom shared in the hard work of the farm, initially a dairy and now a maple operation. Johanna spent many a winter evening sharing her love of dance, she and Claude instructing in various surrounding towns. Those of us fortunate enough to have seen her dance know that she was amazing, a joy to watch. It defined her. Johanna, a classic beauty with timeless grace and style was able to metamorphose into a remarkably accomplished tractor and baler operator and skilled dairy farmhand. She had a great fondness for gardening, loved flowers and enjoyed the wildlife that ventured into the yard, particularly the hummingbirds. She enjoyed music and singing; and had a passion for recipes, eager to try anything new and exotic. She was clever, a mathematical wiz and an accomplished seamstress. She was adventurous, interested in all things unusual. She was incredibly approachable, inviting conversation from strangers over whatever item of interest was at hand. She made no effort to be different but was undeniably unique and charmingly unaware of her appeal. She was refreshingly forthright, sometimes with a sharp tongue and sometimes with a soft smile. She was chic and Chanel, yet earthy and natural. She was grounded, yet a dreamer with diverse interests including homeopathy, Reiki and foot reflexology. Gifted with a deep compassion, she found fulfillment as a home care worker. In recent years, she was at Claude's side developing a successful maple business. Johanna passed away peacefully, on a beautiful, blustery evening, at the Ste-Rose General Hospital, her family at her side. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of the Nativity Roman Catholic Church in McCreary, on Wednesday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m., prayers being said the previous evening at 7:00 p.m. Special thanks to the hospital staff for their supportive care and kindness and to all friends who sent cards, flowers or who called and visited. Particular appreciation to Father Vincent for his comforting ministry, and to devoted longtime friend, Iris, for her unfailing love and support. Johanna, Jo, Hannie, the Boss, Mama-Joh, Mama, Ma, Mom, Mum, Mommy, Moeder, Maman, Oma, Mémère, we know you are dancing with the angels. Dobchuk Funeral Home Telephone (204) 835-2004 McCreary, Manitoba


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