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ROSALES, Leonila de la Costa

March 23, 1929 – February 18, 2012

Leonila (Nell) de la Costa Rosales of Montreal and recently of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2012, following a long illness, at the age of 82 years.

Nell is survived by her daughters, Virginia of Boston and Victoria (Robert Marr); and two grandchildren, Samantha and Abigail, of Calgary. She is also survived by her sisters, Ofelia C. Concon of Vancouver, Cleofe C. Tolentino of Los Angeles; her brothers, Tom (Michotte) of Toronto, Vicente (Tess) and Roberto (Marice) of Manila, Philippines and their respective families.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, José; her son, Roberto; her brothers, Senen, Remigio, and Ricardo; and her sisters, Mary and Bonnie. Other relatives include Delia Zaraspe of Los Angeles and Amor (José) Tolentino of Montreal and their families. She is also survived by dear friends, Dr. Earl and Mrs. Mary Wynands, Dr. Concessa and Angel Matias, Dr. and Mrs. Rafaat Hannallah and Dr. Luis Cuadrado.

Nell was the eldest child of Felix de la Costa and Aurora del Banco. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and graduated from Holy Ghost College. She moved to Boston for further studies attaining a Masters degree from Simmons College Graduate School of Library Science. In Boston, she met and married José and they had their first child, Roberto. They moved to London, England for a year and then to Montreal in 1956. They lived in Montreal for many years, moved to Halifax for six years and returned to Montreal in 1989 upon her husband’s retirement from pediatric anesthesia. They were a devoted couple, rarely apart and it is a comfort to know that they are together again with Bobby. José always told his relatives and friends that his successful professional career would not have happened without the assistance and support he received from his wife. As for Nell, her career was looking after her family and it was a career from which she never retired. She was a gentle soul, seen as quiet, composed, gracious and elegant but also practical and always a steady force in the family.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2424 – 24th Avenue N.W.) on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. A Memorial will be held in Montreal later this year. Condolences may be forwarded through

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mrs. Rosales to the J.K. Rosales Library at the Pediatric Anesthesia Department of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and sent to: The Office of External Relations, MacDonald Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2, or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and nursing staff of the Foothills Medical Centre (Units 36 and 61) and Rockyview General Hospital (Unit 58) for their attentive care and especially Drs. Brian Geremia and Gail Ewasechko as well as the staff at the Crowfoot Primary Care Centre and the staff of Alberta Health Services Home Care. The family would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Brian Kuwahara, a family friend for his counsel and advice during Nell’s prolonged hospitalization and Ms. Louise E. Blumer who helped care for her in the last few weeks of her life after she came home from the hospital.

In living memory of Leonila Rosales, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Bimal and Josie Dutta :

    We had wonderful memories of Nell and Jose during the time in Montreal. We will surely miss you.

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  2. Tschanz family :

    Our hearts are broken. What a beautiful gentle soul she was! Her gentleness and sweetness will always be remembered by all of us.

    Our thoughts are with you. We were able to comfort her after the passing of Roberto, wish we could have been there to hug you and comfort you in this sad time. Courage!!

    A warm hug from all of us.

    Roland, Hoda and Pamela Tschanz

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  3. Dr, Vicente & Alicia Somera :

    Our deepest sympathy to Vicki and family on your loss. We will pray for
    her and also for you, as this has been a very difficult year for you.

    The Somera Family

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  4. Queenie C. Eleazar-de Vera :

    My prayers for my dear cousin Nell, as well as for Ginny & Vicky.

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  5. Bev & Frank Ryan :

    Dear Ginny & Vicki, Following your Dads death I tried unsuccessfully to reach you on Facebook so I’ll try this.
    Jose and I worked together at the M.C.H for almost 20 years. So many memories – that include great advances in pediatric respiratory care. Days filled with laughter and days filled with tears. Laughter when Vicki was born and tears when Bobby died.
    Happy times spent with both Jose and Nell at their home (near us) in St. Anicet QC, including “hospital” gatherings around the pool & delicious “hand turned” roast pork.
    To lose both parents in such a short time would be a tragedy were it not for the fact that Jose and Nell are together again. Our deepest sympathy to all. Maybe we will see you in Montreal later this year.
    Hugs from us, Bev & Frank Ryan.

    Contact via E-mail if possible Thanks

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  6. Gia and Greg Alparaz :

    Sending you our prayers and thoughts.

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  7. Ricaredo de la Costa :

    Dear Ginny and Vicky,

    We have never had the chance to meet but I am the eldest son of Senen. My wife Maricar, and our children Rafael (12) and Diego (9) extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May the Lord give you comfort and peace through this difficult time.

    Yours sincerely,
    Boyet and Maricar

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  8. Allen Finley :

    A lovely and gentle soul. She made us feel very welcome when I joined the department at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, and was an elegant and kindly hostess whenever we visited their home. Both she and José are truly missed.

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  9. Enrique and María Eugenia (Chiqui) Pérez :

    My wife, my daughter Silvia and myself will feel very sad about the news. We shall not forget the memorable visits to the Rosales family in Montreal. Vicky and Ginny. The older anesthesiologists in our group in Guatemala still remember José dearly. God bless you. Enrique

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  10. Hi Vicky,

    That’s such sad news but I appreciate knowing. You dad was everything a teacher could be. I looked up to him and was so personally fond of him. Your mother was one of the most elegant ladies I’ve ever met. You were blessed with wonderful parents. They certainly live on in my memory.


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