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THORPE – Rhea Veronica (nee Sandmaier)

Rhea Veronica Thorpe died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on March 4, 2010.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kieron, and her father, Norbert. Rhea is survived by her loving mother Josephine; sisters Linda Clarke (Steven) and Brenda (Mike Gallatin); brothers Louis (Roxy), Wayne (Aurelia), and Eymard Breau (Jeannine); and many cherished nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Rhea was born on May 31, 1952 in Fort Churchill, MB, grew up in Calgary, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1969. She traveled extensively, forging friendships wherever she went. After living in Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver, Rhea returned to Calgary in 1987. Her home, Rooster Cottage, became a place of gathering and laughter for her large and devoted network of friends. Rhea always had a special place in her heart for animals. Her passion for life and giving nature will live on in all who knew her. Rhea embodied HOPE: be it related to her disease, a cause or a friend.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Rhea’s friend and neighbour, Alana, across the street from Rooster Cottage on Saturday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m. For further information, please email winhold1@hotmail.com. You may forward condolences to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

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  1. I LOVED and CHERISHED Rhea, all the days of her life. This special love for MY SISTER MY FRIEND, will be forever held in my heart.
    Love Linderlou

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  2. Brenda Sandmaier :

    I will miss my dear sister Rhea. She has taught me so much about the real meaning of life, family and friends. I love you Rhee Rheee.
    Love, Brenda

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  3. Toni McCurdy :

    Rhea and I shared a wonderful friendship that spanned almost 30 years. Rhea’s humour, zest for life and compassion touched all of us. I miss her with all my heart and will always cherish our friendship. I love you Rhee Rhee “our lady in purple”.
    Love, Toni

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  4. Judith M. Snell :

    Rhea shared, laughed, debated/discussed issues of life, and humanity world wide. She had incredible strength and courage with beautiful wisdom. Thus you Josie, Linda and Brenda too reflect these same qualities of greatness. I am thinking of you all as you greive Dear Rhea. I continue to keep you and all in your family, in my thoughts, and prayers. I was blessed to share friendship with Rhea and I will always remember her. In Friendship, With Gratitude and Blessings, Judith

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  5. Maureen and Dave Robertson :

    Rhea will be missed, her larger than life personality, laughter, kindness, the absolutely sweetest cousin among so many. Rhea, though we saw her seldom was one that it was like only yesterday when we got together. We will miss her amazing smile. Our heartfelt sympathy to her family you are in our thoughts and hearts.

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  6. The wonderful “lady in pink” Dear Rhea, a courageous person who always had a positive attitude and out look on life no matter what challenge she faced. Her huge smile and sense of humour made her a joy to be with. You will be missed.
    Love Judha

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  7. Rhea, my schoolmate of grades 6,7,and 8, more recently my patient, you were such an amazing person. We had so many “do you remember” chats. You will be in my mind forever, my dear. I can hear your delightful laugh even now. Thank you for allowing me to share part of your life.
    Love, Cheryl

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  8. Brenda, Jim, Kristin and Jason Cremer :

    Dear Rhea, always a smile, a joke, a kind word for everyone. Your positive additude was so inspiring. You will be in our hearts forever. Our condolences to your family, our thoughts are with you.

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  9. Shanon Kelly :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Rhea for over 30 years, lived with her in Toronto, she was my maid of honour at my wedding. Though I have not been in her life in the last couple of years except on an occasional visit I will always be glad that I went to see her near the end and her voice and spirit where the same old Rheee-rhee I will alway picture and remember. Josie my prayers and thoughts are with you. Shanon

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  10. Colleen Campbell :

    Dear Family of Rhea,
    Had a visit with Rhea on one of her
    trips to the coast, a group of cousins went to the 4-Mile Pub for dinner, a small family reunion to treasure. Love to you all. Colleen

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  11. Ryan Chad Colleen Winhold :

    Rhea was a lot of things to a lot of people for a lot of different reasons, but to me she was someone I cared about and could chat and laugh about anything. You will be missed Rhea. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Sandmaier family during this sorrowful time. Love Colleen, Ryan and Chad

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  12. To Rhea, peace and harmony to you on the other side. To Rhea’s family, peace and harmony to you on this side. Susan McGee.

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  13. Chris Lefaivre :

    Dear Brenda, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Brenda I did not know your sister, only through your love and devotion to her. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love Chris

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  14. Roxie Hodgson :

    Rhea had always been my older sister in a sense. She had babysat me when I was young, guided me through those awful teenage years, she was always the women I wanted to be. Rhea was always so accepting, so understanding, supportive and amazingly trustful. Rhea will be deeply missed. Rhea will always have that part of my heart and character she helped to create. Love you Josie and my prayers are with the whole family.

    Love you all

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  15. Leanna Tyler :

    Dear Auntie Josie and Family,
    So very very sorry. In a family as large as this there are many of us who know very little of each other. I am so grateful that Reah and I connected – I will miss our conversations that were always without failure laced heavily in humor.
    Rest well Reah – love to all the Sandmair family.
    Leanna

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