JoAnne Roose

March 18, 1936 - March 15, 2014

JoAnne Roose

March 18, 1936 - March 15, 2014


JoAnne was born on March 18, 1936 in Mitchell S. Dakota. She was raised by loving parents Frank and Faye Trisler. JoAnne moved to Whatcom County with her family when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Ferndale High School in 1954 where she enjoyed being involved as a song leader, editor of the year book, and in the senior play. After graduation JoAnne worked as a receptionist at several jobs until taking a position at Intalco as the Benefit Coordinator. She served as Mother Advisor to Rainbow Girls, taught Sunday school and raised her two boys. JoAnne married her 2nd husband, Elmer Roose in Nov. of 1986 and was active with him in the Elks Club and at the Hannegan Speedway. She was a Master Gardener, winning several awards from Whatcom County in Bloom. JoAnne wrote beautiful poems and published a book of her poetry, A Moment In Time late in her life. She was very involved with the Red Hat Club and cherished the close friendships she shared with the Red Hat girls over the years. JoAnne was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
JoAnne is preceded in death by her husband Elmer. She is survived by sister Madeline Martin, brother Bill Trisler, sons Gary (Cathy) and Monty (Anita) Ecalbarger, grandsons Chad and Ryan Ecalbarger, step-son Randy Roose, a step-granddaughter and 3 nieces.
JoAnnes family are grateful to God for the compassionate and caring staff at Highgate Senior living and the Whatcom Hospice who cared for their mom in her last years.

Farewell Tribute Information

A Celebration of JoAnnes Life will be held on Saturday April 5th at 1:00pm at Moles Farewell Tributes Greenacres, 5700 Northwest Dr, Ferndale. A reception will follow. Donations Information

Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, NY NY 10163-4777.

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5 responses to JoAnne Roose

  1. Linda Gates says:

    Gary, Monty and family, I am so sorry to read about JoAnne’s death although we all know she is in a much better place. She was such a great friend to me and to everybody. When I was first divorced I was sort of lost and she took me under her wing and showed me how to enjoy life as a single person. We had some fun vacations together. I will miss her little mischievous smile with the twinkle in her eyes. May your good memories of your mom get you all through the tough times.

  2. Bob & Alice says:

    She had an artist’s eye for beauty. Joanne turned chaos into graceful order with the imaginative use of flowers, plants, driftwood and stones. Textures and flow. Colors and balance. She planned, organized and planted her three-dimensional vision as a master gardener. Spring is here again and her design is again beginning to bloom. Artists leave us a legacy of beauty and meaning out of chaos. Joanne did that. We continue to enjoy her creation in the garden and in photographs. Joanne, thanks for using your gifts to reflect the Creator in such a wonderful way.

  3. Deepest Sympathy, I only knew JoAnne from Highgate Senior living where my dad lived,very sweet lady, we had many talks. You could tell she was loved by such a great family and I wish you all peace and comfort.

  4. My heart aches for you, her family, but I am glad that she is no longer in pain!

  5. Becky says:

    Joanne, You will always have a special place in my heart. I am so sorry that I lost track of you over the years, and with many attempts, was unable to reach you, or find out where you were! My heart aches for your family. RIP my good friend. We will be together again some day! I love you and I am glad you’re no longer hurting!

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