MARY ELISA ROMA (nee BIAGIONI) DeROSIER

DeROSIER, Mary Elisa Roma (nee Biagioni)

April 15, 1920 – March 9, 2014

Mary passed away peacefully at Summerland Seniors Village at the age of 93 years. She is survived by her 4 children; Harold (Vicki) DeRosier of Summerland, BC., Ronald (Barbara) DeRosier of Kamloops, BC., Barry DeRosier of Summerland, BC., Debbie (Max) Armstrong of Barriere, BC., 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and brother Rocco Biagioni of Summerland, B.C., and many nieces, nephews and other family members. Mary was sadly predeceased by husband Roy, parents Alfredo and Domenica Biagioni, brothers; Marino and Adorno, sister; Rita and daughter in law; Jeanne DeRosier. Mary was born and raised in the Stone House built by her father Alfredo Biagioni. It was here in Summerland where she met and married Roy DeRosier February 5, 1940. Here they built their family home and raised their children. Roy worked at the Summerland Box Factory, Mary at the packing house and together they farmed a 2 acre orchard. After the death of her husband in 1965 Mary continued to run the family home and orchard. She worked at the Summerland Co-operative Growers’ Association as a shipper (BC Fruit Packers) until her retirement in 1985. She continued to run her orchard and enjoyed working in her always beautiful vegetable and rose gardens. In her younger years she was an avid golfer and curler. Mary enjoyed fishing and camping with her family and of course her morning outings with her coffee buddies. Mary was a parishioner of the Holy Child Catholic Church and was a member of the CWL. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Summerland Seniors Village who cared compassionately for Mom during her 5 years there. We would also like to express our thanks to the staff of Providence Funeral Homes in Summerland for all their support. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her family and all who knew her. Prayers will be held Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 7:00 pm., followed by Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 am., March 21, 2014 from Holy Child Catholic Church, 14010 Rosedale Ave. Summerland, BC., with Father Jim Ratcliffe Celebrant. Interment to follow in Peach Orchard Cemetery. Refreshments will be served in the Holy Child reception hall. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC, 104-35 Westminster Ave E, Penticton, BC. V2A 1H7. Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com