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MAHONEY – Rosella Marie Louise (nee Laisnez)

October 2, 1937 – January 11, 2010

A woman of strength who gave the best of herself to everyone. Rosella passed away peacefully at her home in Calgary at the age of 72.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Brian, Tere, Timothy, and Mark, all of Calgary; and by daughter Karen of Vancouver; as well as grandchildren, Kaelan, Ani, Sophie, Ruby, and Flora. Rosella’s siblings, Helen (Laisnez) Dodd of Trochu, Alberta, Charles Laisnez of Settler, Alberta, and twin Fr. Albert Laisnez of Montreal will miss her as well. Rosella was predeceased by her parents, John and Ange (Marcil) Laisnez of Big Valley, AB. In addition, there will be countless friends and acquaintances from the Calgary area and far beyond who encountered Rosella in such settings as Self Connection Books in Calgary, which she started in 1978 with partner Patricia (Childrey) Henderson, and a wide variety of personal growth seminars and workshops in and around the Calgary area over the years.

A tireless and naturally gifted builder of community wherever she went, she will be remembered for her genuine interest in and acceptance of all she met. When she couldn’t be found at home or gathered with friends, it was because she was recharging her spirit with the beauty of nature. Rosella was born on a farm near Big Valley and completed a nursing degree in Vegreville, Alberta before moving to Calgary in 1958 to work at the Holy Cross Hospital. She married Kent Mahoney of Calgary in 1960 and by 1966 they were raising a busy brood of five. Her travels during her lifetime took her to four continents and into the hearts and souls throughout the globe. She leaves behind her a path strewn with flowers.

Her family would especially like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Pat Henderson of Calgary and Marion Stotts of Radium Hot Springs, BC, for the loving care and assistance given to Rosella during her last days. Many thanks also to Dr. Linda Fong and the Palliative Care Team of the Alberta Health Services for their excellent care – with a special thanks to Chris, Lana, and Sandra.

At Rosella’s request, there will be a Celebration of Life in lieu of a funeral service on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Valley Ridge Golf Course (11618 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary). If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – Palliative Care, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.thetrust.ca or to the Radiant Rose Academy, #201, 2726 Spruce Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 2R2, 604-267-0985.

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  1. Rosella was an inspiring elder in the community, a life-time learner and a woman with a huge heart. Over the course of her life she had found many ways to positively contribute to the lives of others and did so with great joy. She was a healer, a mentor, and a great friend. I have benefited greatly from knowing her and will miss her dearly. My heart goes out to her family whom I know she loved above all else. Blessings to all of you! I wish I could be with you to celebrate her life. She is one of my favorite people.

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  2. Bernadette (Bernie) Crocker :

    Father Albert,

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your sister, Rosella.
    May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead and the memories of your sister comfort all of you in this time of sorrow. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care!
    Bernie (friend from Churchill, MB)

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  3. Marjorie Laisnez :

    Hello family. At times like this I realize I should be closer–but I was with you in spirit.
    Many people from Arviat send condolences–Winnie Malla and family, Molly Kidlapik, Bernadette and family, especially Lazarus and Norman, Diane, Minerva, (who is here now) Milly, and lots of names I cannot think of now–all of us are thinking of you, Fr Albert, and all the rest of the family.
    Look after each other well.
    Marjorie

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  4. My deepest sorrow in your loss of Rosella. May Our Dear God command her soul to His Kingdom.
    vivat jusu.

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  5. Judy Armstrong :

    I was thinking so strongly about Rosella today and only found out now by searching on line, that she had passed into spirit in 2010. What a dear soul and wonderful friend. Rosella has a profound influence on my life. We attended many self-growth workshops together and once I stayed with her at her retreat place in Canmore. In 1992, Rosella and I traveled to Sedona together. I have many photos of the fun times we had, staying at a B&B, and hiking up to cliff dwellings. Brian, I still have the book you gave me (The Artist’s Way) with your wonderful message to me inside the front cover. I treasure it always. Would love to connect with you again and maybe e-mail you some photos of our holiday in Arizona. I remember that Rosella phoned me ‘out of the blue’ one morning and said, “Do you want to do something completely different and full of adventure! Let’s go to Sedona!” I said yes and away we went. Such happy memories. Brian, I do hope you e-mail me back. Please give my love to all your family. I will always hold Rosella in my heart. Much love always, Judy Armstrong

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