HOSTIN, Rosemary Evangeline (nee Rooney)

Rosemary Evangeline Hostin (nee Rooney)

Rosemary, or Mom/Nanny as she was called by most of us, was called to our Lord at the General Continuing Care Centre on March 27, 2022.

Rosemary was born July13, 1932 in Ottawa, Ontario. Daughter of Leo and Evangeline, she was the youngest of nine children growing up in a happy Irish Catholic home on Preston Street in Ottawa. She is predeceased by her parents and eight siblings Lorne (Isobel), Patricia (James), Charlotte (Lorne), Leonard, Hope (Griffith), James (Kathleen), Jean and Leo (Frances). Mom was also predeceased by her youngest child Mark in October 2015.

Rosemary is survived by her husband George; her children Paul (Cheryl), Jean (Randy), Jane (Steve) and David (Tina) and her five grandchildren Andrea and Celene (Paul/Cheryl), Colson, Taylor, and Rachel (David/Tina) and four great grandchildren Ocean, Ellis, Wolfe and Leo. She is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews and their children and great grandchildren.

Rosemary worked for many years as a telephone operator at Bell Telephones. There, she met her husband, George Hostin. Rosemary and George were married on April 4, 1959. Rosemary and George moved around quite a bit living in Ottawa, Montreal, and California before settling in the Edmonton area as George was moved to various locations throughout his career at Bell Telephones and AGT.

In addition to being a great Mom, Rosemary worked part-time as an operator at the old Woodward’s store and the Misericordia Hospital, then later worked at the Bay Southgate in the ticket centre, she was an office assistant at Nor-Chief Consulting and then worked in the kitchen at the old ITV network in south Edmonton, where she managed to meet a celebrity or two. Meeting these celebrities was always a big thrill for Mom.

Rosemary was a loving caring wife, mother and friend who was always great fun and liked to be the life of the party. She loved to throw on a boa or crazy hat and dance a pretend strip tease. She was also known to develop a sudden Irish accent when she had had a tipple or two. Her generosity and kind heart endeared her to anyone she met. You couldn’t not just instantly love Rosemary.

Mom took great pride raising her children in a loving home. Her greatest accomplishment though, along with her husband George, was caring for their youngest son Mark, who struggled with mental health throughout his adult life, until he passed away suddenly in 2015. They did this stoically and unconditionally as only parents can do.

Rosemary joins her family in the kingdom of God, where I’m sure the Rooney’s are there now, raising quite a ruckus, as the last member of the family arrives.

As Mom used to say to us kids “I love you around the world and back again”. We do too Mom, we do too. You are deeply missed.

A celebration of Rosemary’s life will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Edmonton on May 7, 2022, at 1:00 pm.

Serenity Funeral Service
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Anne Rajotte

Rosemary was one of the most delightful women I have ever known. Her sister Jean was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and we worked together in hospital work. I wanted to be at the funeral, but my doctor’s appointment was changed. I would like to have seen her granddaughter who attended St. James school.. May Rosemary now pray for all of us.

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