Obituary of Lenore Bernice Rooke
Lenore Bernice Rooke
(January 5, 1953 - April 6, 2023)
Lenore, beloved wife of Norm Rooke, lost her battle to insurmountable health concerns and passed away the morning of April 6, 2023, at the Rocky View General Hospital in Calgary at the age of seventy years.
She was born in Killam, Alberta on January 5, 1953 to Joseph and Sylvia Eshpeter and was raised on the family farm in Strome, Alberta with her sister Karen and four brothers Ken, Dennis, James and Grant. Following high school, Lenore attended the University of Alberta where she graduated with an Education Degree and followed a teaching career before deciding to work fifteen years at the University of Calgary bookstore. She retired in November of 2020.
Family employment involved a few moves to different locations for Lenore, but each time she met the challenge of turning a new house into a meticulous and loving warm home. She was a fabulous cook and host, a lover of flowers and gardens, animals and pets, and music and dancing to name just a few of the things she enjoyed. A most loyal friend and companion whose blue eyes and welcoming smile will remain with us forever. Her devotion and dedication to family has been passed onto her children and will stand as a testament to her character and stature as a woman of incomparable honesty, compassion, dignity and grace.
Lenore is survived by her four children Chandra Kroetsch, Delmond Kroetsch, Patricia (Kevin) McGillivary, and Robert (Alicia) Rooke; her grandchildren Philip, Delmond, Archer, and Bennett; and me, her undeserving husband Norm.
Lenore was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Sylvia; sister Karen; and brothers Dennis and Grant.
Rest in Peace My Dear
A Funeral Mass was held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 13, 2023 from the Our Lady of the Prairies Roman Catholic Church, 5202 59 St Daysland, with Father Danial DSouza as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lenore's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.