Rosemarie (Thiele) Yeo
Passed on November 25, 2020
Rosemarie Yeo passed away at the Stonewall Hospital on November 25, 2020 with husband Dale at her bedside. A new angel is now in Heaven.
Rosemarie was born on March 16, 1941 in tiny Spring Valley, SK., but moved in 1950 to their new farm outside Dauphin, MB. Having begun school in one-room schoolhouses, she found grades 9-12 at the Dauphin Collegiate quite different.
In 1959 she went to Winnipeg to commence nursing training, but one year later her plans begun to change. She met a fellow named Dale on a blind date at the Red River Ex. They hit it off and were married a year later.
A year after that, they moved to Roblin, MB to start Dale’s high school teaching career. Little did they know that their arrival there in 1962 would signal the start of a 55 year residence there.
Roblin grew into a community that both loved dearly. Over the years, both gave much to Roblin because Roblin had done much for them.
Rosemarie’s family expanded to four sons and finally a daughter by 1970. No children were ever loved more dearly. Rosemarie was “born to be a mother”, it seemed, though she always credited her experience from being the oldest girl in her own Thiele family of five boys and five girls.
Always a pillar of her church, Rosemarie began seeking out ways to serve her community otherwise. She worked with the new nursery school as director for 21 years, helped and led the Food Bank and joined the Roblin District Hospital Auxiliary. A pet project was her leading the effort to create a palliative care room in Roblin’s Hospital. She succeeded.
The community acknowledged all this: in 1993, she was named Roblin’s “Citizen of the year” by the Chamber of Commerce; in 2004, she was awarded the Parkland Regional Health Authority’s “volunteer of the year” citation for the West District; in 2015, the Roblin District Hospital Auxiliary honoured her for 20 years as member, several years as secretary.
In 2004 Rosemarie suffered a major health setback when her kidneys failed. After two years on home dialysis, a wonderful friend donated a kidney to her to restore life to her and to Dale. In 2017, Rosemarie and Dale made the very difficult decision to leave Roblin. Needing to be close to family and the Health Sciences Centre, they moved to Stonewall and a new home at Lions Manor there. It proved to be a wonderfully warm and welcoming place, particularly helpful as Rosemarie’s health declined.
Rosemarie was predeceased by her parents Otillia and Frank Thiele of Dauphin, MB., and by brother and sister-in-law Larry and Roma Thiele, also of Dauphin.
Left to mourn her passing are Dale, her husband of 59.5 years, four Yeo sons: David (Laurel) of Stonewall, Douglas (Wei Li) of Ottawa, Ont., Robert (Lindy) of Stonewall, Allen of Winkler, MB and daughter Donna (Curtis) Yaschyshyn of Dauphin, MB.
Rosemarie loved her eight grandchildren with every fibre in her body. Devastated by her loss are Kelly (Spencer), Jamie, Scott and Jacynthe Yeo of Stonewall; Joshua and Jennifer Yaschyshyn of Dauphin and little Elizabeth and William Yeo of Ottawa, Ont.
The Thiele clan, so marvellous a family tie for both Rosemarie and Dale, will badly miss their sister: Thiele brothers Leonard (Norma) of Dauphin, Richard (Gail) of White City, Sk., Ronald ( Bonnie ) of Red Deer, AB., and Gerald (Glenda) of Dauphin; sisters Gailene (Fraser) Webb of Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Julia (Bob) Coleman of Lexington, Ky., Myrna (Lorne) Kopeechuk of Snow Lake, MB., and Sharon (Cliff) McArthur of Regina, Sk.
Dale’s only brother Clayton, wife Arlette, nephew Edmond and niece Amelia (Ben) and baby Cora over in London, England and have been a bulwark of strength and support during these dark days, too. In such a small Yeo family, the loss of Rosemarie hits them particularly hard.
More than thirty nieces and nephews scattered across Canada, the U.S. and England have lost their beloved “Auntie Rosemarie”. Many good friends in Roblin and elsewhere will feel a similar sense of loss. She was a loving friend and always there to help others in times of distress.
Thanks to everyone from near and afar for your help. Dale has gratefully declined flowers, food and sympathy cards. Keep him and the family in your mind and in your prayers instead.
Rosemarie has been cremated as she wished. A memorial service will take place next spring or whenever this cursed virus is vanquished.
May time heal your sorrow. May friends ease your pain. May peace replace heartaches and may warmest memories remain. Our sincere condolences to your entire family. Ken and Sally Stolarchuk
So very saddened to hear of Rosemarie’s passing. My condolences to all the Family.
Our very sincere sympathy to Dale and to everyone in Rosemarie's family. She was a lovely person, with a kind and caring heart. We'll miss her emails and phone calls very much.
Margaret and Earl Boyce
We are sorry to hear of Rosemarie’s passing. Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.
Edna, Dwayne, Dale, Dean & Dawn Prokopowich
I was very sorry to hear of your family’s great loss .Rosemarie was a wonderful person !I remember coming with my Mom to visit you when you first arrived in Roblin .Thinking of your whole family .
Dale (Mr. Yeo): We were sorry to learn of Rosemarie’s passing. Our hearts goes out to you and your family on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. May each of you find peace and comfort in precious memories of shared times and may these memories always keep her close in spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. Deepest Condolences, Violet(Case) & Norm Joss
Violet (Case) Joss
Mr. Yeo, I’m so sorry to hear of Rosemarie’s passing. She was such a warm and welcoming individual and the loss of her will impact many! Most of my memories of Rosemarie are from weekly mass. In fact, I have a very specific remembrance of having to get up one Sunday to read. Honestly, I doubt anyone could’ve called it reading due to my failure to overcome my anxiety and nervousness. Instead, I stumbled and muttered and counted down the minutes until I could promptly exit the church! Somehow though, I didn’t manage an escape without Rosemarie making eye contact and quietly offering, “it’s brave to get up there!” Much like you, Mr. Yeo, Rosemary was an encourager! My sincere condolences to you and your family! May Rosemarie’s encouraging-spirit help to will you through your grief. You’re in my thoughts and prayers!
Mrs. Yeo will be missed by so many. Her card playiing abilities, kindness, sense of humour and ability to relate so well to children are just a few of the things I will remember about her. I will be forever grateful for that last conversation that I had with her and that she took the time to remind me about a funny moment that we shared. My condolences to Mr. Yeo, David, Douglas, Robert, Allen, Donna and families. Erin McGill
My condolences, Dale and all the family. Losing a wonderful mate, mother and grandmother is not easy. May all your wonderful memories of her carry you through your grieving. I am sure there are many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I was very sorry to hear of Rosemarie's passing. My sincere sympathy to the Yeo family.
Barb (Keast) Coutts
Our sincere condolences, Dale, to you and all your family. She will be so missed by all her family and friends. You’re in our prayers at this sad time. Sincerely, Ed and Jean Rootsaert
Ed and Jean Rootsaert
My heartfelt condolences, Dale and to all of your family, on the loss of Rosemarie. My brother phoned today to tell me of reading her obituary. I picture in my mind her warm smile, and I recall some fond memories of your early years in Roblin. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk this new path set before you. May you know God’s comfort in these times.
Edith (Carnochan) Burnside
Dale, we are so sorry to learn of Rosemarie’s passing. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. We had many good times with your family in Roblin.
Lawrence and Barb Latimer
Sincere sympathy to you, Dale, and to all your family members. May you be blessed with the many fine memories of her to give you peace and strength now and in the future. Blessings, Marie and Roy Craig
Marie & Roy Craig
Dale, David, Douglas, Robert, Allen, Donna and all your families - I was saddened to learn that Rosemarie lost her health journey. I will always cherish the memories I have of Rosemarie as a special friend and Roblin Rubies "sister." I pray that the many memories you have of Rosemarie as wife, mother and grandmother will get you through the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Dale and Family Our deepest sympathies and prayers go Out to you and your family.
Doug & Brenda Hazlitt
Our deepest sympathies to your entire family. Rosemarie left a lasting impression on all she came in contact with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you walk through the days ahead.
Floyd & Angela Martens
Dearest Dale (Mr. Yeo), My heart is truly broken for you after hearing of the passing of your beautiful Rosemarie. She was and always will be among the brightest shining stars I've known in my lifetime. I'm so sorry for your loss. David, Douglas, Robert, Allen and Donna, Your mom was one of the great mother's of our time growing up. Her kindness and goodness are what I remember the most. I would say most of the many, many times I saw her in my grown up years, maybe even every time, she had an update or point of pride to share for one, sometimes all, of you. Her love for her children and their families was so obvious. You were lucky to have her. My condolences go out to all of you. Rest in Peace Mrs. Yeo.
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