MORLEY HAROLD ROSAASEN
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Morley Harold Rosaasen, with family by his side, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 78 years. Moe succumbed to complications following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Left to cherish Moe’s memory are his wife Doreen; son Kenneth Grant; daughter Wendy (Dwayne Konrad); grandchildren Ryan Plesh (Jennifer) and Amanda Konrad (Scott); great-grandson Nate; siblings, Joyce Rowe, Carol Parkes, Lennard Rosaasen, Barbara Evans, Sharon Monchamp (Bob), Gary Rosaasen (Sherryl), Judy Webb (Ken), Val Coss, Bonny Olson-Piercy (Harold), Dean Rosaasen (Marilyn) and Diane Sutherland (Roy); sister-in-law Donna Beekenkamp (Ron); brother-in-laws Tony Zimmerman and Lloyd Widdifield, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Hazel and Harold Rosaasen; sisters Belinda Widdifield and Helen Zimmerman; brother-in-law Ken Rowe; sister-in-law Donna Rosaasen; mother and father-in-law Millicent and Charles Harding, as well as nephew, Jason Monchamp.
Moe was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba. Until 1980, he worked as a stereotyper at the Winnipeg Tribune, and then for 24 years he was a co-owner with his sister Bonny and brothers Dean and Lennard of the Gondola Pizza on Pembina and Oakenwald. They generously hosted many family and friend events at the restaurant where jokes, tall tales and new memories were formed. Moe was above all a family man who loved his wife, children, grandkids and his many brothers, sisters and their extended families. He and Doreen loved to travel in their early years especially with his sister Joyce and Ken Rowe, and friends Boris and Terry Balamatowski. Moe loved camping and summers at the family cottage in Matlock, Manitoba. He was an avid card player and almost every family gathering saw a whist tournament break out. He was quick with a smile, and every opportunity to tell a joke or commit a prank would bring rounds of laughter.
Moe had a fondness for their many pets and they in turn had a fondness for him.
He was an avid Coca Cola antique collector and enjoyed his many outings with his friends in the ‘Toy Club’. Moe loved his many lunches with Ed and Jolly Marchuk, and sister Sharon and Bob Monchamp.
In keeping with the families’ wishes, a closed, private service will be held for the immediate family.
We appreciate all the caregivers over the past few years including Charlene from the Winnipeg Health Authority. Especially those of the Interlake Health Authority, Jana and Linda and the unbelievable supervisors in charge. The family expresses their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Doctors, Nurses and staff at the Grace who attended to Moe and the family during this difficult transition. Their compassion and professionalism was exemplary and exceeded our expectations.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Morley’s name directly to the Parkinson Society Manitoba, 414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R2J 1P2, (www.parkinsonmanitoba.ca) or the P.A.W.S Inc., Box 1426, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3N9, (www.portageanimalwelfaresociety.com). Moe wanted to honor our wonderful Veterinarian Dr. Betty Hughes who is a huge supporter of P.A.W.S Inc. Betty looks after Tiger, Franny, Fate and Billy.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Moe’s love, friendship, caring and selflessness will be missed and cherished by his family, many friends as well as work and business colleagues.
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