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Born: Mar 08, 1927

Date of Passing: Feb 06, 2020

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Surrounded by the love of the Grey Nuns and members of her family, Sister Rita
Desrosiers went peacefully to meet her Lord and Saviour on February 6, 2020.
Besides her Grey Nun community, she leaves to mourn her sister Anna Jolicoeur, her brother Germain (Carmelle), one
brother-in-law Gérard Desharnais, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents,
Desneiges and Magloire Desrosiers; three
sisters: Orise, pssf, Hortense, and Noella
Desharnais; two brothers: Rosaire (Alice) and René (Thérèse); and a brother-in-law Eloi Jolicoeur.
Born in Ste-Anne-des-Chênes, Manitoba on March 8, 1927, Sister Rita was the third child in a family of eight children. Having lost her mother at the age of 12, her father, a man of great faith, did everything he could for the well being of his children.
From grades one to eight, Rita attended the small country school then continued her
studies at the Grey Nuns' convent in
Ste-Anne. She was touched by their love for the less fortunate and decided to join them on August 5, 1945.
As a young sister, she was invited to pursue her studies as Licensed Practical Nurse. For the next few years, she worked at Ste-Rose-du-Lac Hospital, Taché Center, Berens River, St. Boniface Sanitorium and St. Amant
In 1959, Sister Rita welcomed the first
children with disabilities at St. Amant Centre. For the next 46 years, Sister Rita devoted
herself with love and compassion towards all persons with developmental disabilities.
Sister Rita understood their non-verbal
communication and shared deeply their joys, sorrows and hopes. With the help of
volunteers, she organized prayer groups and catechism classes; for her concern was not only for their physical well-being, but also for their spiritual needs.
In January 2014, Sister Rita moved to Actionmarguerite (Taché Centre). She
continued to welcome with a smile those who cared for her. For those who visited her, she loved to pray with them, and blessed them
before they left. The staff had only good things to share about Sister Rita. She showed her appreciation and was very cooperative in whatever she was asked to do.
The Funeral Mass for Sister Rita
Desrosiers will be celebrated at 151 Despins Street by Father Isaïe Blanchette, omi, on February 10, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., preceded by prayers and eulogy at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery on Archibald Street.
The Grey Nuns and family wish to thank the personnel of Actionmarguerite (Taché Centre) for the excellent care given to Sister Rita Desrosiers during her illness.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Sister Rita was one of the first people I met when our son Andrew was admitted to St. Amant. Her love for Andrew as well as all those who called St. Amant home was never in doubt. She always greeted us with and smile and made us feel welcomed and appreciated. Her love and kindness was a constant in Andrew’s life. We will miss her. Daniel and Susan Neufeld - Posted by: Daniel Neufeld (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2020

  • My relationship with Sister Desosiers began in 1997. She was truly a person who cared and loved the people around her. I will always fondly remember her morning greeting over the intercom system. Sister became one of my most staunch supporters in my position as the Music Therapist. She also became friends with my parents and always asked how they were doing. A beautiful soul is lost to this world but I am sure she is again greeting everyone with a song and a prayer. My wife and I send our sincere condolences to her family and many close friends. Grant and Michele Miyai - Posted by: Grant Miyai (Worked at St.Amant) on: Feb 09, 2020

  • Sister Desrosiers was a very special person in our family and especially my brother Teddy's life. She was a caring and compassionate person. She was a true friend to everyone who she came in contact with. She touched a lot of people's lives. It was a blessing to have known her. - Posted by: Leanne Boitson (friend) on: Feb 09, 2020

  • Soeur Rita will always have a special place in my heart. She was a caring, gentle soul always wanting to bless you and encourage you. She was our Mother Theresa, caring for many throughout her life. My deepest sympathies to the family. Lena - Posted by: Lena (Friend) on: Feb 09, 2020

  • I have many fond memories of Sister D as we called her. Her dedication and commitment to all at St. Amant was inspiring. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Inga Zahodnik (Nursing Co worker at St Amant since 1977) on: Feb 08, 2020

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