Michele Roziere

Obituary of Michele Roziere

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On 12 June, 2024 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Michele Roziere died too soon, after a much delayed diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1951, Michele left an unhappy family home to strike out independently at the age of 15. With determination and resourcefulness, she supported herself and, years later, her only child, Zso. Michele returned to school as a mature student, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with multiple awards and academic distinctions from the University of Winnipeg. She also graduated with a social work degree from the University of Manitoba. Michele’s professional life was varied: first, working as a dental hygienist; then, in the car rental business; briefly, as a talented hairdresser; and finally, as a Case Coordinator with Manitoba Health in Home Care Services. Michele was an active volunteer in the places where she lived. She worked with AIDS service organizations in Winnipeg and Calgary. In Halifax, she served as an English Language Learning Tutor with Halifax Public Libraries and as a Lunch Monitor at St. Stephen’s Elementary School. Shortly before her death, she was knitting gorgeous red scarves for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. Michele made donations to a variety of charitable causes throughout her life. Michele was drawn to Halifax so she could live by the ocean and help raise her grandson, Silas. Michele supported Zso and Silas unconditionally. Her selfless generosity and thoughtful care was shared with a small circle of family, friends, and neighbours. She will be fondly remembered by Silas, Zso, and sister Cathy, among others. Michele’s best friend Blanche died suddenly in the months before her own death. Michele loved gardening and being in nature. The crows who collected the peanuts she carried on her daily neighbourhood walks in the North End delighted her in her final months. Michele will be interred at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville. In lieu of a funeral service, donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in her memory are appreciated.