Whitney Pier
It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rose Marcella LeBlanc, age 85, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney on Thursday, April 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Rose was born in New Waterford on August 10, 1931 and was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary Kate (MacFarlane) Gillis.

Rose was a member of Holy Redeemer parish, Whitney Pier.

Rose worked with her belated husband, Lollie at LeBlanc’s Printing, Whitney Pier, and later worked in retail with Sears then Woolco until her retirement.  She was also Lollie’s main caregiver for many years during his illness.  Rose was a loving and devoted mother and loved spending her summers at the family cottage in Northside East Bay and was a woman of strong faith.

Rose is survived by her five children, Marion (Seldon) MacKenzie, New Glasgow, Ruth (Dennis) Shea, Sydney, Paul (Brenda), North Sydney, Glenda (Raymond) Martin, Sydney, and Lydia (Brian) Fraser, Sydney; 13 grandchildren, Melissa, Christopher, Jason, Patrick, Erin, Maureen, Meaghan, Katie, Emily, Justin, Rachael, Matthew, David and three great-grandchildren, Oliver, Felicity and Emma Rose. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Martha Gillis; brothers-in-law, John (Frances) LeBlanc, Urban LeBlanc and Charles Barrington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Rose was predeceased by her husband, Florian ‘Lollie’ on December 22, 2012 after 59 years of marriage.  She was also predeceased by sisters, Tena Campbell, Rita Heffernan, Sister Grace Virginia Gillis, Sister Lydia Gillis and Margaret ‘Peggy’ Howell and brothers, Alex, Myles, Joseph, John and Hugh.

Visitation for the late Rose Marcella LeBlanc will be held on Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street). 

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, Apr. 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Following the mass, light refreshments will be held in the funeral home reception area. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

Donations in memory of Rose may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund or charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Northside Community Guest Home, Joseph Hall, and the staff of the Northside General Hospital, 5th floor and 4th floor west, for their kind and compassionate care given to Rose during her time of need.

Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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So sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
From:  Deby & Janet Johnston

Paul, Brenda & Marion, So sorry I was unable to attend service. What a great loss to all your family and community. I remembered as a kid going into LeBlanc Printing for bristol board and never paying. I watched both your parents going into work from our kitchen window. They were always so kind and pleasant as are their children. God Bless you in your grief.
From:  Sister Nichols-MacAdam

Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rose.
From:  Mike, Jeannie, Alyssa, Savannah and Jameelah Rahey