Rose Ella Bernardi
30 June, 1930 – 31 July, 2020
Rose Ella Bernardi passed away peacefully at her home, Rainycrest Long Term Care, on July 31, 2020, at the age of 90.
Rose was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, on June 30, 1930 to the late Jessie and Joseph Turewich. She attended Robert Moore School and later went on to graduate from Fort Frances High School. Rose was a diligent student and enjoyed the classroom experience so much that she decided to make education a career. She received her teacher training at “Normal School” in North Bay, Ontario, before returning to her hometown to spend over thirty years teaching for the Fort Frances-Rainy River Board of Education. She was a highly-respected teacher among her co-workers and admired by her students, some of whom she maintained correspondence with until her passing. Rose ended her career as the “Teacher Librarian” at Robert Moore school, a position that allowed her students to see “Mrs. Bernardi” year after year during their visits to the library.
Rose was united in marriage to Albert Bernardi on July 22, 1953 and they shared a life together for over 46 years. They spent two decades making memories at their lake home in Morson, Ontario. At the cottage, Rose was able to purse her favourite past-times such as gardening, reading, and creating strained glass pieces. In the later years, Rose and Albert became “Snowbirds” who spent their winter months in Arizona. They had a wide circle of friends and guests in their home were always treated to wonderful hospitality.
Rose was an introspective person who shared her thoughts and quiet wisdom with those who made her acquaintance over the years. She was a patron of the arts and had season tickets to both the Border Concert and Tour de Fort series. Rose was a member of the Catholic Women’s League. She was a caring, generous lady who believed in supporting community projects, as well as local charities.
Rose was predeceased by her husband, Albert; her parents, Jessie and Joseph Turewich; her brother, Paul Turewich; sisters-in-law, Eleonor Turewich and Rita Munro; and brothers-in-law, Ron Bernardi and Norman Munro.
Rose will be remembered fondly by her niece, Joanne, and her husband, Reid, and their son, John Paul Cummings. She will especially be missed by her dear friend, Becky Chabot. Rose is survived by her brother, Larry Turewich, and numerous cousins.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a service held at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest, 822 Williams Avenue, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 0A5 or the Rainycrest Auxiliary, 550 Osborne Street, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3T2.
Rose Ella Bernardi
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7 September 2020
Rose and Albert were like grandparents to me and my siblings. Their cabin was just down the road from where we grew up and we spent so much time there - painting, colouring, doing puzzles, helping in the garden, enjoying meals. Rose was one of the kindest and most caring women I had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed.
Sandra Pawlicki Novak
8 August 2020
My dear Rose is gone and I am heartbroken. She was my teacher for grades 1, 2 and 3 in the 1950's. Rose was young, beautiful and I adored her. When she met Albert and said she was marrying him I was devastated. She was MY TEACHER and I was not about to share her. Albert found this humorous. I did not. Rose is the reason I became a teacher. We have corresponded for 40 years. I was going to visit her this summer and then the pandemic hit. I have kept every letter and card and they are all safe in an album. You and Albert are together again. May Jesus bless and keep you.
Sandra X X O O
5 August 2020
I took this photo of rose the last time I saw her, she was great!!
5 August 2020
Rose was a sweet gracious woman , she taught school with my mother Nita mills, and they were friends. Rose and I had a mutual friend, Sandra pawlicki Novak, who corresponded with her from kitchener for many years, in fact Sandra tried to reach her just for a chat within the last couple of weeks, Covid has made things so tough for all of us in connecting with friends, I see Rose smiling and laughing with Albert, Rest In Peace dear Rose.