Deanne Rossiter did not live a long life, but it was full life, in which she played many important roles, including loving wife and mother.
She was also a case management therapist in the Ross Memorial Hospital’s Community Counselling program for 14 years. In this role, Deanne provided care and comfort to clients struggling with various life challenges.
Through her own struggles with cancer, she spent seven weeks in the Palliative Care Unit at the Ross Memorial. It was during this time that she spoke to her family about wanting to do something that would continue to help patients and comfort families at the Hospital.
After considering their own experiences in the hospital, Deanne, her husband, Pat, and her daughter, Robyn, offered to purchase an ice and water dispenser to be located in the Family Kitchen on the Palliative Care Unit.
Today, the ice and water dispenser is installed and features a plaque that reads: In Memory of Deanne Rossiter—With Love from Patrick, Robyn & Family.
The patients and family members who use the new ice and water dispenser may not have known Deanne, but they’ll appreciate the kindness of the gesture and the comfort during difficult times. It’s the kind of caring Deanne delivered every day at the Ross, and the legacy she’s leaving behind.
Photo L to R: Dr. Sara-Lynn Francis, Robyn Rossiter, Patrick Rossiter, Erin Coons