Courtice Funeral Chapel

1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON


Rosella Steele

29 October, 194611 March, 2018
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Passed away peacefully, with family by her side at Lakeridge Health –Oshawa on March 11th, 2018 at the age of 71. Beloved wife of Bill Steele. Loving mother of Rhodena Amato and Steven Steele (Shona). Proud Nana to Jesse, Jessica, Emaley, Danielle and Dominic. Special friend to Lewis Amato. Rosella will be dearly remembered by all of her extended family and friends. Visitation will be held at COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice, (905-432-8484) on March 16th, from 12:00 noon until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, Oshawa would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.courticefuneralchapel.com.


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Peggy (Ridge) Bird

17 March 2018

First I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Rosella’s family and close friends .
I only knew Rosella through work , she was my supervisor at the hospital and gave me my orientation training . And I feel very fortunate that she was the one who gave me my training and showed me the right way to do things.
I would also like to thank the family for so kindly sharing all the photos and memories , it truly shows to all who only knew Rosella through work what an outstanding, loving person she was. Although I think most of us could see that anyway. Rest In Peace Rosella🌹. Sincerely - Peggy (Ridge) Bird

Michelle Cooper

16 March 2018

Rosella was a very loving and caring person. She was beautiful on the inside and outside. She was always that shining light in the room. She was so supportive and was my biggest fan. She was fun and loved music and was a great cook. She loved her family very much and always had a smile on her face.

I love her sense of fashion and she was always full of energy. She was like a second grandmother to me and I will never forget what an impact that she had on my life and there are many things that will never be forgotten.

I will celebrate her life and I pray that everyone stays strong.

I love her deeply and thank her for her time in my life.

Gladys Warner

15 March 2018

Its a sad day to loose a special person like Rosella, she was a good friend for many years. She will be greatly missed by all. may you R.I.P. love your friend Gladys

Sheila Highgate

15 March 2018

My thoughts are with the family. Rosella was a wonderful person to work with, and she will not be forgotten. God Bless

Carole Black (Daubney)

15 March 2018

Rosella was a very caring, loving and passionate person who always saw the good in everyone. My thoughts go out to her husband, children and grandchildren in this sad time, I know she will be forever be in all your hearts, but take comfort in knowing she was so very proud of all of you. Always in our hearts....god bless

Sherry Sturge

14 March 2018

Kind, gentle, compassionate and caring. Thanks for the memories Rosella. Sincerely Sherry Sturge.

Ron and Leah McEwan

14 March 2018

Our sincere condolences to Rosella's family. Rosella was always a friendly, kind and caring person. She was well respected as a Housekeeping Supervisor at Oshawa General Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Rest in Peace Rosella.

Ron and Leah McEwan

Marie North

14 March 2018

I am sorry to hear of Rosella's passing. I was a co-worker at the OGH (LH). Rosella was always friendly and so helpful to all of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Lynn & Sandy Le Blanc

14 March 2018

Please except our heartfelt condolence on the loss of Rosella. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Lynn & Sandy LeBlanc ( George's Son and daughter-in-law)

Krista Young

14 March 2018

Rosella was the first supervisor, along with Terry Brolly, that I had in Lakeridge Health. She was kind, supportive, funny and helpful. I will always be grateful to her for helping to start my now 18 year career within the hospital. My heartfelt condolences go to her entire family, but also my former coworker Shona Steele. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Krista Young

Condolences are also sent by my father, Warren Young, longtime coworker of Rosella, who is out of the country at this time.



“Anything is possible.” That is what Rosella Steele believed about life. She was a creative woman, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting her. She had faith in her ability to find those solutions. Rosella thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. She possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Rosella was a person who believed that she could achieve whatever she set out to do.

Her parents were Alexander & Lillian LeBlanc. Rosella was raised in Florence, Nova Scotia. She showed her ingenuity even as a child. When she was confronted with a problem, Rosella could develop an imaginative solution, and she derived satisfaction from knowing she had that ability.

This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Rosella's family relationships. Rosella was raised with seventeen siblings. She had six sisters Juanita, Mae, Elaine, Marguerite, Helen (deceased), Marie, (deceased) and eleven brothers, Buddy, Garry, Danny, Georgie, Dougie, Louis, Clarence (deceased), Ben (deceased), Amrose (deceased) Stephen (deceased) and Richard (deceased). When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Rosella was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

As a young girl, Rosella was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Rosella took part in baseball, swimming, curling and skating. She was a member of the choir.

Endowed with an appetite for knowing how her world worked, Rosella enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Rosella was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. She graduated from Florence High School in 1965. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were Math and English.

Rosella was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around her. Always interested in her friends’ activities and interests, Rosella was uncritical of her acquaintances. She was sought after by people who recognized that she was generous with her time and energy, and these same friends found Rosella to be very stimulating company. Rosella's humour and curiosity were contagious for those around her. While growing up, one of her best friend in high school was Barb MacDonald.

On 1966 Rosella exchanged wedding vows with Bill Steele at St. Stephen's Church in Florence, Nova Scotia. Rosella was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Rosella was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Rosella was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to her spouse’s

needs. She was a vibrant personality and she enjoyed verbally sparring with Bill. She was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Bill's.

Rosella's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced her relationship with her children. She would create original, clever and fun games for her kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Rosella was blessed with two children, Rhodena and Steven. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Jesse, Jessica, Emaley, Danielle and Dominic. Someone who was quick to laugh, Rosella found it easy to spend lots of time with her children, but especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren.

Rosella was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. She could assess all of the options before her and, using her analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. Her personal initiative inspired those around her. Rosella was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. Her primary occupation was Environmental Service Supervisor at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. She was employed for 39 years. Rosella always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was needed and necessary in order to get the job done.

Rosella's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for her. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Rosella was always searching for new and unusual activities, she developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things she became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew her, but most friends and family understood that Rosella simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. Her favorite pursuits were baseball, cards, curling, hockey and camping.

Rosella's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something she did throughout her life. She enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Rosella could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing her novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Throughout her later years, Rosella was an active member of the Auxiliary Legion Member at Legion Branch 43 in Oshawa.

Rosella was continually concerned with the status of local, national and even world affairs. Her keen interest and strong values led her to become active in her community. Serving on committees for Legion Branch 43 in Oshawa for 10 years.

Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Rosella. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Rosella to expand her ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included Cuba and camping in the Northern and Southern part of Ontario.

Rosella was a lover of animals and cherished her pet dogs. Two of Rosella's favorites were Kelly and Lasie. They were best friends for 10 years.

Even while in retirement, Rosella never stopped exercising her inventive talents, and this new phase of her life provided new opportunities for stimulating her interests. In retirement, she found new pleasure in staying active with helping at the Legion and camping. Even in retirement, Rosella continued to stay in touch with her old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

Rosella passed away peacefully on March 11, 2018 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa with family by her side. She is survived by her husband Bill, children Rhodena and Steve (Shona), her grandchildren Jesse, Jessica, Emaley, Danielle and Dominic. Services were held at Courtice Funeral Chapel on March 16th, 2018.

During her lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Rosella. She met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Rosella was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around her could not. For Rosella, the traditional way of doing things fell short of her expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Rosella Steele, the fun of living her life could be found in the challenge.