Monday July 21, 2014
Rose Valley Community Hall
Ellen Lena Sylvia Haugan Roenspies was born on April 19, 1928, to Bertram and Marguerite (Gavel) Haugan at the Gavel farm. She grew up on a farm near Salkeld Lake. As an only child her companions were her pets and that started a life-long, loving relationship with animals, especially cats and dogs.
Ellen started school in 1935 at Hopeful School. She enjoyed having so many playmates and had many fond memories of old school friends, Christmas concerts, ball games and field meets. She took grades 9 and 10 by correspondence and attended Rose Valley High School from September to December 1944.
Her love of music and sports carried through most of her life. Ellen and her mother Maggie on guitar and her dad Bert and neighbor Clifford Jacobson on violin provided music at many barn dances. She continued to entertain for many occasions around the community for many years.
Ellen married Roy Holo in June 1950. Three children were born to this union: Lynne (Prevost), Lorna (Hamilton) and Myron Holo.
On June 10, 1978, she married Phillip Roenspies and they made their home in Rose Valley. They enjoyed many fishing trips, dances and visiting with friends and family.
She was very well known for her apple pies, flatbread and rhubarb torte by those fortunate enough to taste them.
Ellen loved to attend her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's activities. She could be seen sitting in the audience at hockey games; dance, gymnastics, school programs; and any other event in which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated.
Ellen was predeceased by her parents, Bertram and Marguerite (Maggie) Haugan; grandsons, Keith and Bryan Hamilton; father-in law and mother-in-law, Albert Sr. and Clementine Roenspies; brothers-in-law, Harry Fouhse, Albert Roenspies and Victor Froc; sister-in-law Evelyn Froc; niece and husband, Kathy and Brent Smith; nephew Lyle Roenspies; and great-nephew Christopher Froc.
She will be sadly missed by her husband Phillip; her children, Lynne (John) Prevost, Lorna (Barry) Hamilton and Myron (Brenda) Holo; grandchildren, Curtis (Lynne) Prevost (Jasmine, Damon, Jaycee, Adyson, Zane, Aiden), Kim (Karen) Prevost (Danika, Kaydence), Jackie (Shayne) Hood (McKenna, Chloe), Kevin (Manuela) Prevost (Jordyn, Jaxon, Kendal), Greg (Stacey) Prevost (Kailey, Brandon, Dylan, Owen), Dennis Prevost (Nadine Holt), Kelsey Prevost (Chris Staples) and Allison Prevost (Dustin MacDonald), Darren (Tanessa) Hamilton (Caleb, Haley, Dayna), Diane Hamilton, Kimberly Hamilton, Davin Holo and Jared Holo, sisters-in-law, Phyllis Fouhse, Caroline (Camille) Rohel, Doris Roenspies and brother-in-law Denis (Denise) Roenspies; Gavel and Haugan cousins; and numerous extended family and friends.