Oldest Resident on Victor Avenue Passes Away – Rose Stangel

Rose Stangel who was born in Slovenia and lived since 1940, on Victor Avenue at #40, passed away January 3, 2008.  Her son in law said she moved there in 1940 when his late wife was 2.

Rose was 97 years old and was active up to the last day of her life. The last time I saw her, she tread gingerly but determinedly up the stairs at 38 Victor, before Christmas, to make a delivery. I lived across the street from her for 29 years and while I never spoke much to her, she would wave at me from the front porch. As neighbours do, I would watch her comings and goings. I would watch her water her plants with an old galvanized pail. I would watch her cut her lawn and be most indignant if someone offered to help her. Every Sunday she dressed up and went to church. Every night I could see the light in the front bedroom on the second floor where she would watch TV. Her daughter who lives in Norland would visit regularly and take her shopping. Sometimes her nephew would come and take her for a ride. I often ran into Rose shopping at the No Frills at the end of the street.

Her daughter said she wanted to live in her house and refused to leave. It is wonderful when someone who is 97 can do that to the end. She had a stroke – that was the fire truck on January 3 on the street and died shortly after in the hospital.

I will miss not seeing that light on at night and knowing she was well.

Death Notice from the Toronto Star
STANGEL, Rose (nee Mausser) Peacefully on January 3, 2008 at St. Michael’s Hospital, at the age of 97. Beloved wife of the late August. Loving mother of Lillian and husband Leif Marley. Dear aunt of Dori and Alfred Samide, Elli and Valde Seits, Walter and Ann Samide, Agnes Petschauer, Dora and Albrecht Reitmayer, Sophie and Philip Groblacher, and several great-nieces and nephews. Friends may visit at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church (Degrassi and Gerrard). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery


One Response

  1. I am really glad you posted this Richard. Would you mind just changing the last name to the correct spelling, it is “Stangel”.

    Rose was definately feisty (in the best kind of way) to the very end. As her neighbour there was no way she would allow our boys to help her with recycling or garbage…lol. She was just fine to do it herself. In the summer if Paul #42 or I was quick enough we were allowed to water her lawn and I secretly watered her back lawn regularly. I did this because the pail you speak of Richard was HEAVY, never mind the water!

    She never cocmplained when we tore apart our backyard and the mutual fence, just came out and watched the goings on from her lawn chair, with the ocassional “looking good”.

    Rose always had a wave or a hello for her neighbours and was just sweet. The gang at 38 will miss her.

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