It is with heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother, Rosa Alice Hanson (nee Kaus), at the age of 87, on Friday, July 13, 2018.
Rosa was born in Blue Township on January 27, 1931 to Erich and Lena Kaus. She was one of four children, along with brothers, Ewald and Donald, and sister, Ruth.
Rose attended a one room school in Blue Township and at age 16 she moved into the town of Rainy River and worked at various jobs such as Ozzie's Café and the Rainy River Hotel.
Along the way Rosa caught the eye of a handsome man named Earl, and they were married on July 14, 1950.
Together they raised five children and worked side-by-side on the farm making a good life filled with love and much happiness.
Rosa did many things and among her favourites were to cook, bake, garden, knit, sew and volunteer. She enriched the lives of so many, in many different ways.
She loved to play the piano for whoever liked to listen and this she declared, to be a talent that the good Lord gave her to share. She also enjoyed playing the accordion her Dad bought for her at a very young age. Her musical ability was all self-taught and she played by ear. It truly was a gift and it truly was beautiful.
She was a member of the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary and also a long time member of over 60 years with the Forest WI Institute in the Rainy River Branch.
In her later years she became a master of doing puzzles and enjoyed the many hours visiting and reminiscing around the puzzle table with friends.
She kept her hands nimble by knitting an endless array of mittens, slippers, toques and dishcloths for all of her family, extended family and friends. There were also countless pieces donated to many, many fundraisers and to the less fortunate.
Rosa became an avid reader in the past few years and would devour book after book. Her new found love for reading may have spurred her interest in writing, and she went on to have her condensed story of her life published in a book of short stories in 2017!
Although Rosa lost the love of her life in 2003, she remained the rock of our family despite the void in her heart. She was a very strong, loving, kind and compassionate lady with a wonderful sense of humour and a most beautiful smile.
She loved her family and was so, so proud of each and every one of her descendants. She also held so dearly, her extended family, many friends and neighbours, and the Town of Rainy River.
Rosa will be sadly missed by her five children, Cameron (Sheila), Dwight (Sherri), Bruce (Penny), Heather (Brent), and Holly (Wayne).
Bearing much sadness in their hearts will also be Grama Rose's shining stars, grandchildren, Heidi Reeb (Nick), Sharleen Hanson (Jay), Dwight Hanson Jr. (Leslie), Duane Hanson (Lindsay), James Hanson (Catherine), Michael Hanson (Meghan), Rachel Roussin (Shawn), Natasha Hanson (Grahame) Tristan Hanson (Shai) Brenley Anderson, Jaylene Anderson, Jonah Holmes, and Dyson Holmes
Great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Serena Reeb, Amber Lynn Arabia, Duane Jr, Cain and Nathan Hanson, Khloe Hanson, Urijah and Malachi Roussin, Grayson and Hunter Smith will all miss Grandma Rosie dearly.
Also surviving her are special sister, Ruth Sandmoen, and sisters-in-law, Tina Kaus, Mary Kaus, Irene Hanson, Nancy Hanson, and Jeannine Hanson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
Rosa was predeceased by her loving husband, Earl, daughter-in-law, Carla Hanson, her parents, Erich and Lena Kaus, brothers, Ewald and Donald Kaus, and numerous extended family.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. from the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church, with Lay Pastor Carolyn Kreger officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Forest lawn Cemetery, Rainy River.
If friends so desire, charitable donations in Rose's memory may be made to the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89 Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0
The Women's Institute Ode
A goodly thing it is to meet
In friendship's circle bright,
Where nothing stains the pleasure sweet,
Nor dims the radiant light,
No unkind word our lips shall pass,
No envy sour the mind,
But each shall seek the common weal,
The good of all mankind.