Wagner, Rosie

Surrounded by her loved ones, Rosemarie Wagner (nee Rizzo) passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Rosemarie was born on Aug. 13, 1955 to Frank and Jennie Rizzo. She grew up in Fort Frances, Ont., the middle of five children.

Laughter always came easily to Rose (or Rosie to many). She often took to Facebook to start the day sharing her positive outlook on life, with thoughts as to how wonderful the world was, and would end the day with a sign-off spreading love.

She was married to Charlie Wagner in 1985 and they had a daughter, Tasha, who was the centre of Rose’s world.

Rosie worked for more than 25 years at Rainycrest, where she enjoyed caring for the residents. In her spare time, she loved to read, cross-stitch, listen to music, and watch her favourite television shows. If there was music playing, she was tapping her fingers or feet.

She is predeceased by her father, Frank Rizzo, and her mother, Jennie (Mihichuk) Rizzo.

Rose leaves behind her husband, Charlie, and her daughter, Tasha; siblings, Wayne (Sue) Rizzo, Barb (Russ) Strand, Toni (Lorne) Laferdy, and Frank (Maria) Rizzo; numerous nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews; as well as friends that became family, including the Jannie Makarenko family and “daughter” Autumn Gill.

Over the past years, Rosie spent a lot of time in the hospital and the staff always was kind and loving to her.

Rosie will be remembered at a celebration of life on Saturday, March 17 from 2-5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances.

Rose loved to share stories and wanted this to be a true celebration of life, so please come with your favourite memories of Rosie to share during this event.

Additionally, she requested that those celebrating her life do so in colour, no black!

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