Rosella Lydia "Rose" Rempel (Nikkel) - Jul 21, 2016 at Fort Richmond Baptist

Rosella (“Rose”) Lydia Rempel (née Nikkel)

Rosella Lydia Rempel (née Nikkel) was born on November 24, 1947 in Matsqui, British Columbia to Jacob Nikkel and Agatha (Buhler) Nikkel. She was predeceased by her parents, as well as her infant daughter Corrinna Rempel, brother-in-law and sister John and Mary Schmidt, brother and sister-in-law Jacob (Jack) and Sedonia (Donna) Nikkel, brothers Abraham James (Jim) Nikkel, John Victor Nikkel and Ervan George Nikkel, and brother-in-law Joseph Tosey. She is survived by her daughter, Melanie Bueckert, son-in-law Sean Bueckert, and her grandson Timothy Bueckert, as well as a large extended family, including six sisters (Katie Tosey, Clara Martins, Dorothy Nikkel, Vicki Onysyk, Ruth Willms and Irene Redekopp) and two brothers (Art and Ken Nikkel).

Rose was the 13th of 14 children in the Nikkel family. She grew up in B.C.’s lower mainland area, attending King Elementary and the Mennonite Educational Institute until graduating from Grade 13. She picked berries and worked at a cannery before moving to Vancouver to work with her sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Joseph Tosey, at their Famous Foods store from 1966 until 1971. In Vancouver, Rose met future husband Roy Rempel. They were married on June 22, 1969 in Clearbrook, B.C.

In the 1970s, Roy and Rose moved to St. Albert, Alberta. Rose was employed as a bookkeeper by International Harvester Company of Canada Limited and St. Albert School District No. 3. On November 26, 1976, her daughter Corrinna was born prematurely and passed away the same day.

In 1979, Roy and Rose relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. On October 2, 1980, their daughter Melanie was born. Rose was a wonderful stay-at-home mom. She and Melanie enjoyed a very special mother-daughter bond. Since 1982, Rose attended Fort Richmond Baptist Church, where she was baptised on December 31, 1986. Roy and Rose separated in September 1994 and divorced on March 29, 1996.

Rose was thrilled to welcome son-in-law Sean and, later, grandson Timothy into the family. Timothy was her pride and joy.

People loved Rose’s curly hair, beautiful brown eyes, hearty laugh, good sense of humour, deep singing voice and her outgoing and affectionate personality. Many people remember Rose’s jukebox, her record and salt & pepper shaker collections, and her 1976 maroon Chevrolet Vega “Betsy”. She loved to make gingerbread houses, colour Easter eggs, sing Christmas carols and do crafts (particularly Artex and ceramics).

Rose had the gift of hospitality and was an excellent hostess, cook and baker. Many neighbours spent time around her kitchen table, drinking iced tea, coffee and Tang. There were also many Tupperware parties and bingo outings.

Rose was a gracious mother-in-law and treasured her role as “Oma” to Timothy. As a baby, she held him almost daily while he napped. As he grew, they read stories, enjoyed board games and played mini-stick hockey together. She was always eager to hear about his latest adventures in school and in sports.

Rose was a generous, caring person who was always thinking of others, faithfully praying for them and calling them on special occasions or “just because”. She enjoyed being up-to-date on current events and was an avid Winnipeg Jets fan. She was a voracious reader and particularly enjoyed Betty Neels’ books. She prayed for her family and friends constantly. Rose will be deeply missed, but will live on in the precious memories she created with all who knew her.

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3