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Born: Mar 22, 1929

Date of Passing: Mar 01, 2023

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(nee DECOCK)

March 22, 1929 – March 1, 2023

Rosalie Hopper passed away peacefully at Concordia Hospital, age 93 years.
She is survived by sons Gordon (Wanda), Bill, and Jim (Louise); grandchildren Jessie (Paul), Jody (Lise), and Ben (Rachelle); sister Shirley Krawchuk; many nieces and nephews; and her great-grandchildren Daniel, Elijah, Noella, Rielle, and Renee. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Cyril.
Rosalie was born in Rosewood, Manitoba and spent her early years on her parent's farm before moving to Winnipeg as a teenager. She worked in Banff and in the Whiteshell, where she met her husband to be Cyril. They married in 1949 and settled in East Kildonan shortly thereafter.
Rosalie enjoyed gardening and horticulture which led her to complete a botany course at the University of Manitoba and work at the Museum of Man and Nature. She spent much time collecting and growing unusual and exotic plants, orchids were a favourite. Rosalie and Cyril were avid square dancers and outdoors people. Early family years were spent camping, car trips across Canada and cottaging at Ingolf, Ontario, later hiking and exploring in the Rocky Mountains, the West Coast Trail and Hawaii and cycling in France. For many years Rosalie and Cy were members of the Manitoba Naturalist Society. She dabbled in playing music herself and enjoyed listening to classical and folk music.
In "retirement" Rosalie was an active carver and volunteer at the Good Neighbours Active Living Centre in East Kildonan. Rosalie provided a warm and loving home for her family; her baking skills were unsurpassed.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • When I was working on the Boreal Gallery in the Manitoba Museum, Rosalie was my assistant. She helped me collect foreground for the big open dioramas in that gallery, and also she installed the moss and lichen on the cliff the Moose descends on. If you go up in the mezzanine you will see the model of Wild Rice she made. She was a great help and companion to me, and when we were in Wallace lake collecting mushrooms for the Mushroom Diorama she was my compass and made sure I never got lost in the forest, as I have no sense of direction. We used to laugh a lot about that. I have a photo of us in a canoe going up the Blind River to the Wallace Lake field station with Bill Pruit, the late Professor of Zoology at the University of Manitoba.I would enter the picture, but it seems I can’t here. Rosalie was a great lady, and all my condolences to her grieving family. Betsy Thorsteinson - Posted by: Betsy Thorsteinson (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Such a great person, will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Lynda/Brian Griffin (Family friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

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