Rosalee Thorsen

Rosalee Carol Joy Thorsen (Olsen)

Saturday, January 31st, 1948 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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Thorsen, Rosalee Carol Joy

With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Rosalee Carol Joy Thorsen (nee Olsen), our loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all whose lives she touched, on Friday, August 7, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta concluding her battle with cancer.

Rosalee loved to love on people through her servant heart. She sewed dresses for girls around the world, made quilts and created a variety of cross-stitching crafts. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, flowers, music, reading non-fiction books and camping, especially at Camp Harmattan (Site# R8). Her hands were rarely still as she always stayed busy.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta to Rosalie and Alex Sidor, Rosalee was adopted at birth by Jessie and Percy Olsen who lived south of Camrose, Alberta. After many years working on the farm, at 19 years old, she attended Canadian Nazarene College where she met Walt. She married Walt on May 2, 1970 and moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta to start their family. Together they had three children and Rosalee lived a full life as a wonderful mother, homemaker and school bus driver. In September 1988 the entire family moved to Calgary, Alberta.

For many years in Calgary, Rosalee worked at Operation Eyesight, Foothills Hospital in the MS Research Clinic, and volunteered at Camp Harmattan, Southview Alliance Church and Operation Christmas Child.

Rosalee is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Walt Thorsen; brother and sister in law, Dennis and Penny Olsen; brother in law, Ken Falk; brother and sister in law, Al and Jan Sidor; sister and brother in law, Lucy and Pete Roxburgh; her two daughters: daughter Kimberly Beedling, daughter and son in law, Robin and Arthur Bamboukian and one son and daughter in law, Michael and Sandi Thorsen. Also survived by four grandchildren: Armen Bamboukian, Kassi Padgett, Kolton Thorsen and Kellan Thorsen plus many nieces and nephews. All of these she loved and touched each life deeply.

Please join us in a Celebration of Rosalee’s Life in Calgary, Alberta with the date and place to still be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosalee’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse Canada. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Rosalee, please visit
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Janet Vanderspoel

Posted at 05:08pm
Dear Walt & Family, Please accept our condolences to you Walt and Family, she was a treasure to know and will be missed by all.
Janet & John Vanderspoel

Jim & Susan Augustin

Posted at 11:41am
Jim & Susan Augustin

Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Rosalee, your dear wife, mother and friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Darlene Fach

Posted at 01:06pm
In 1975 the Fach family moved to Sherwood Park and had to wait a couple of weeks to get into their home. Walt and Rosalee took all 6 of us into their home. On the cold October and November evenings the windows would steam up because Rosalee was cooking a delicious chicken supper. Our friend is well named. A "joy" to so many of us.
Our paths have seldom crossed over the years - but the memories remain.
Lovingly sent. Ken and Darlene

Linda Thorsen

Posted at 09:39pm
From the moment I first met Rosalee, I loved her wonderful way of telling stories and her freedom to laugh during even the toughest situations. (You could not help but have a more joyful heart afterwards.) She will be deeply missed by our family.

William Eckford

Posted at 06:50pm
We want to extend our deepest sympathy to Walt and the family. Rosalee was a special person to us. We felt honoured and privileged that she was our friend. She will be greatly missed. Bill and Ruth Eckford

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