ROSIE GETTMAN (nee Nimcan)
December 11, 1928 – September 27, 2020
She’s in the Sun, the Wind, the Rain
She's in the sun, the wind, the rain,
she's in the air you breathe
with every breath you take.
She sings a song of hope and cheer,
there's no more pain, no more fear.
You'll see her in the clouds above,
hear her whisper words of love.
You'll be together before long,
until then listen to her song.
-Christy Ann Martine
The world lost a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunty and friend. Rosie “Rose” Gettman passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of September 26, 2020 at the age of 91 years. Born on December 11, 1928, Rose was born in Coleman, Alberta where she was raised and resided for the rest of her life; she was the beautiful daughter to Sophie and John Nimcan.
Rose married the love of her life, Joey Gettman on November 27, 1948. The two of them had two loving and caring children, David and Brenda. Rose and Joey were able to share fifty-seven miraculous and beautiful years together before Joey’s passing in September 2005. The two of them shared the love of gardening, cooking (family and friends will always remember Rosie’s delicious meals, especially her perogies, cabbage rolls, cream puffs and puff pastry) and most importantly, spending time together with family and friends.
She taught us all what is really important in life – to love and be loved. She truly enveloped the characteristics of love, kindness, compassion, devotion and understanding. She was a beautiful soul. Family was everything to Grandma Rose. She loved her family more than life itself and this was shown in her daily actions, thoughts, words and deeds.
Rose is survived by her children, David (Colleen) Gettman and Brenda (Phillip) Venier; her grandchildren, Jennifer (Brent Oskoboiny) Gettman, Robert (Emily) Gettman and Shanda (Matthew) Webber; and great-grandchildren, Tanner, Brooke Lynn, Kheelan, Londyn, Braydon, Riley, Evie and Ari. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Gettman; her brothers, Johnny Nimcan and William Nimcan; sister, Olga Sudworth; and parents, Sophie and John Nimcan.
Rose’s family would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to the amazing nurses, staff and caregivers at the long-term care facility at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital who gave such wonderful care to our mother and grandmother over the last two years of her life.
Last but certainly not least, it was Rose’s last wish to give thanks to her “earth angel”, her daughter, Brenda. Brenda brought love and light each day to our mom and grandma in the hospital over the last two years, visiting her, caring for her, reminiscing of family memories and spreading compassion and love to not only Rose, but as well as to many of the residents in the long-term care facility who had no family. Grandma was so grateful for your selflessness, empathy and kind-heartedness; you are admired and loved.
Rose’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are all a testament of her love and devotion. Rose truly was grateful to have had visits over the past two years from all her family – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Sherwood Park, Australia and Lethbridge. Their love and memories shared will continue to live on in our hearts and now in the heart of an angel.
She is at peace and finally reunited with the love of her life, Joey, her husband and her cherished family.
We are all better off for having knowing her. It was a privilege to be a part of her life. On the wings of the angels - may she fly free.
As per Rose’s request, no service will be held. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Edmonton. Condolences can be sent to Fantin’s Funeral Home.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403)562-8555.
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