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Rosina Mary Bantle



Rosina Mary Bantle, age 92, passed away on October 3, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Rosina was one of ten children born to Andrew and Katie Krieger all of whom were raised on the family farm near Cudworth, Saskatchewan. Rosina met Ray Bantle at a country dance and they married in 1947. After marriage Rosina and Ray moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and raised 5 children. The family moved to Sherwood Park in 1966 and Rosina resided in Sherwood Park until recently moving to Eden House in Edmonton.

Rosina is survived by her children, Larry and his wife Janet, Maureen, Rod and his wife Tina, Gord and his wife Corinne, grandchildren Lisa, Trevor and his wife Stephanie, Sarah and her husband Tyson, Mackenzie, Hannah (and her dad Ron Shaw), Brett and Nikolas, great-grandsons Deacon and Colton. She is also survived by her eldest sister Eleanor, brothers Joseph and John and John’s wife Alvina and brothers-in-law Ed and Bert, sister in law Margaret, and many nieces and nephews.

Rosina was predeceased by her husband Ray, son Glen and daughter Janice, as well as many of her immediate family members.

Rosina loved family life and took great pride in her family and home. Her attention to detail was amazing and was evident from her beautiful hand writing to personal care, planting flowers (especially begonias), baking and the cleaning of the family home.

In the early years, Rosina always had all the children ready to go before attending to herself. All the kids had the “spit and polish” look and were ready to go for any family or public event.

Rosina’s love of her family and her extended families was demonstrated by her knowledge of significant family details. Rosina remembered all life events in her family and extended family and always sent a detailed card in the mail extending her best wishes. The cards and envelopes always had stickers of birds or flowers. If it wasn’t cards in the mail, it was prayers and / or a telephone call. She always had a kind ear to listen to any story that anyone was willing to tell and faithfully recounted the stories to her family.

Her thoroughness extended to other things such as supervision of her family in her later years like making sure projects and chores were done to her standards. By way of illustration, at the age of 85, shoveling snow off the driveway when guests were expected and even at 90 she would pre-clean her home before the housekeeper showed up. She was always on que for counseling family members on food preparation, laundry details and virtually all other home care related items.

Some laundry stories exemplify her passion for neatness. When Larry and Rod were in their late teens they worked on construction crews doing concrete work during school summer break and came home with dirty, concrete laden pants. The next day the pants were spotless looking as new as the last laundry day. Back in the day, laundering Gord’s football socks to the point they were always white as white could be, where others would ask “are those new”? Her linen closet was impeccable and that was demonstrated by the ironed and precision folded bed sheets and fluffy towels that were all worthy of an upscale hotel. Another example of her attention to detail was how Rosina ironed almost everything including Dad’s t-shirts and underwear.

Interestingly enough, although Rosina was famous for her baking, her baking was a pinch of this, a dash of that, some of this and some of that, mix it up, and it always turned out consistently great. She rarely used a measuring device. Rosina’s culinary skills went far beyond baking and an example is that Janet’s sister Cheryl Partington remarked that “Rosina’s turkey dressing was the best she’s ever tasted.” Rosina made a tasty ambrosia salad that became known as “Lisa’s salad” as that was granddaughter Lisa’s favorite and still is today. On another occasion, when a very young granddaughter Sarah asked if Grandma had some potato sauce, Grandma did not know what she was asking for but eventually we determined it was gravy.

Rosina was always very interested and involved with the grand kids. Some examples were that she always had some funny stories, funny little sayings or nick names for the grankids that she would share with everyone. These become the family standards in communications. For example when grandson Trevor was just a baby, Maureen would call to talk with Rosina and Rosina would ask “Tevvy” (her pet name for Trevor) to talk and hearing her voice he would squeal with excitement into the phone. So, Rosina looked forward to “Tevvy” recognizing her voice on the phone at such a young age.

Granddaughters Mackenzie and Hannah came along in the same year and were known as Miss Mackenzie and Miss Hannah for all family communications. Grandson Brett was a conversationalist at a young age and Rosina called him Professor A from Studio B. Grandson Nikolas always reminded everyone not to butter his toast as Gramma would do that, as he liked a little toast with his butter.

Everyone that knew Rosina has an example of her kind and loving nature but one description that pretty much sums up Rosina was made by her late brother in law Luke Osvirk who remarked “ Rosa, (his pet name for Rosina) - I know a lot of women but I only know one lady and that is you”. Our family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Eden House staff and care givers. Many thanks to the A-Pod Emergency Department as well as the staff of Unit 3E2 at the U of A Hospital.

Farewell Mom until we meet again.

In Loving Memory of
Rosina Mary Bantle
(Maiden: Krieger)
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Funeral Service:
Funeral Mass
Friday, October 12, 2018
11:00 AM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
13 Brower Drive
Sherwood Park, AB
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52356 Range Road 232
Edmonton (Sherwood Park), AB
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