Blais, Rosanna

Rosanna Ramona Blais

December 20, 1954 - November 2, 2020

Rosanna Ramona Blais of Plano, Texas passed away on November 2, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 65. She was born on December 20, 1954 to Leo W. and Maria Rosa (Hernandez) Eastham in Odessa, Texas.  Rosanna graduated from Balboa High School in Canal Zone, Panama, after which she attended Stephen F. Austin University beginning in 1975.  It was at Stephen F. Austin where Rosanna met and eventually married the love of her life, Jerry Blais on July 15, 1977.  Shortly after marriage, she began her career at Texas Credit Union League before becoming a stay at home mom after the birth of her first child.  In the late nineties, after raising two beautiful children, she returned to the work force, taking a position at Emler Swim School (Plano), where she dedicated 21 years working with her “second family”. A devoted wife, loving mother, doting Aunt, and friend to countless others, Rosanna could occasionally be honest to a fault, but it was this honesty that people gravitated to and truly made her unforgettable. The birth of her first granddaughter in January 2019 brought her great joy and continued to put a smile on her face in her final days.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Blais; daughter Rachel Blais, son Erik Blais and wife, Bree Blais, granddaughter, Bebe Blais; sister, Carmen C. Kelleher and husband, Maurice; brother Leo W. Eastham, Jr.; nephew, Mickey Kelleher; nephew and Godson, William Kelleher; niece, Carmen Christina Korte and husband, Russell; nephews, Phillip T. Blais and Jason Lambertson; and various other family known as the Flying B Ranch Thanksgiving Gang.

Rosanna was preceded in death by her parents.

Adhering to CDC directives, a private memorial service, limited to close friends and family, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. For those not in attendance, the service will be live streamed at TJMfuneral.com accessible on Rosanna’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: Celebrationoflife.tv. After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.

The family requests donations be made to T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in honor of Rosanna Blais, by calling (972) 239-5300.

Celebrationoflife.tv livestream https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/rosanna-ramona-blais

 

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Sweet Rosanna - your fun, love, wit and light will always shine in my heart, as I just know it does in the hearts of those of us who were blessed to know you. Thank you, Jerry and Rosanna, for the lives you lead and led, as God shines through and happiness spreads.
Christina Harris, November 20, 2020
We are so sorry for the loss of beloved Rosanna. Please accept our deepest condolences at this difficult time. Eric Risberg , November 19, 2020 Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for allowing us access and a way to see your memorial service for Rosanna. What an absolutely beautiful celebration of life and blessings. Truly a wonderful tribute. May God bless you Rosanna and your wonderful family. Brian and Susan, November 19, 2020 My deepest condolences to Rosanna's family. I have so many memories of Rosanna as we were BFF from Kindergarden through Seniors in High School. It has been a shock to know that I will never see her smiling face again. May she rest in peace with her mom and dad gone so long ago. I think they must have needed her in heaven. God Bless all of you. Her memory lives forever.
Nancy E. Reid, November 19, 2020 I’ve been so blessed to have known Rosanna for 13 years. She was everyone’s favorite friend. Her fun spirit and caring heart were a blessing to me so many times. I’ll treasure all the laughs we had together and miss her dearly. Prayers for her family during this difficult time. So very sad I wasn’t able to be there in person but will be watching virtually. Jessica Dansby , November 19, 2020 Condolences to family. Deborah Patton, November 19, 2020 Rosanna will always be in my heart as one of my most favorite, beautiful people in my life. She played an intricate role in my formative years and will always be family to me. Her entire family are part of the fabric of my life. Something I hold near to my heart. There is so much to be thankful of from my chapters in life with Rosanna. All of my love, Krista Krista Horn, November 19, 2020 Jerry so sorry for your loss!! Just read this and it breaks my heart. Love you brother, Rosanna is out of pain and living with Christ Jesus!! Steve Hunt, November 19, 2020 God bless Rosanna and the entire Blais family in this time of grief. Patrick and Jeanise Mulcahy , November 19, 2020 Our family first met Rosanna, Jerry and Baby Eric in 1982 when we moved to Texas. The Blais family is woven into the fabric of the lives of my family. Over the years my memories of Rosanna progressed from her being a great mom to Eric and Rachel, to working at Emler, where she was kind, caring and supportive of her staff and friend to many. In later years , when I moved back to Texas Rosanna became a friend and my best client. She had a positive impact on everyone she met and was an amazing person. But most of all I will always remember the laughs, cleaning the kitchen after holiday meals and conversations about anything and everything. Rosanna will be missed by many. Tom and Lisa Chill , November 19, 2020 Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Steve and Kim Cochran, November 18, 2020 What a star the world has lost. Aunt Rosanna was a fun-loving, big-hearted, absolute gem of a person. She bought me blue frosted lipstick in the early 90's, when that was cool and I wasn't allowed to wear makeup. She will always be in my heart and mind. Allison + Marion , November 17, 2020 As a child I always looked forward to Blais family holiday get-togethers and adored my Aunt Rose. She always made me laugh and hopefully I made her laugh with our usual banter. I will always miss you Aunt Rose, and know you are at peace up above. Love you always.
Phil T. Blais, November 16, 2020 My heart just broke when Jerry let me know Roseanna passed. I will always treasure the memories of our poker nights. My goodness the laughs we had! Roseanna and I might not see each other for a year but when we did it was like we had never been apart. Roseanna, your funny, kind and loving ways will be missed. I know that you are in a better place and I am so thankful that you are out of pain. Rest in Peace girlfriend ...until we meet again.
Sheri McFall, November 16, 2020 You will remain in our hearts forever. We love you! Vilma, November 16, 2020 Dearest Rachel: I send you all love and my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Mom. She will always be with you. Hugs always, Lillian Lillian Reitz, November 16, 2020 Rosanna was like a second mother to me. I worked with her for many years and she had an amazing impact on my life. She was always there when I needed advice, always supported me, believed in me, even reprimanded me when I made stupid choices. She was such a genuine person and will be deeply missed. I recently became a father and wish more than anything she could've met my son. She saw me at my lowest and watched as I worked my way out of the trenches and into a better life. I wish I could've shared my biggest successes with her. I owe her so much for always being there. I know she is watching over all of us. You may be gone in the physical form but energy and love never die and you will never be forgotten. Michael Daughters , November 15, 2020 I too was so blessed to work with Rosanna at Emler Plano. She was a beacon of light and love to all who walked through the doors (be it staff or customers). I am so sad to hear of this news but smile big when I think back on all the amazing times we shared together. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 
Megan Gordon , November 13, 2020 My dear sweet friend Rosanna. What a blessing is was to get to know you through Emler Swim School. Birthday breakfasts, corporate Christmas parties and the always fun parties you held at your home for your Plano co-workers. You fought hard to overcome this terrible disease, I am so sad you are no longer here to see your precious smile and kind heart but I know you are celebrating in heaven. May you rest in peace sweet friend. Love and prayers for the entire Blais family. We loves her so much, she will be missed.
CJ Reynolds, November 12, 2020 Our family has known the Blais family since 1994 when we moved next door in Deerfield. What began as friendly neighbors soon became an extended family with Rosanna and the Blais family. We had the pleasure of sharing many fond memories together that included holidays, vacations and various get-a-ways that are far too numerous to recall. From the Thanksgivings to the Christmases with "Dancing Santa" to Halloween chaos to the adventures at Possum Kingdom State Park to the weekend dinners, our memories of Rosanna are a permanent and constant reminder of her warm and loving presence. As our relationship grew over the past 25 years, Rosanna was always the perpetual warmth, joy and happiness that did so much to cement the strong bond we developed between our two families. Through our profound sadness, we remember with a smile and perhaps a tear in our eyes all the wonderful times we have been so blessed to share with Rosanna. These truly heartfelt memories cannot be erased and will forever reside in a very special place in our hearts. A special note to Rosanna from Fran: Over the years I have been fortunate to have had a more personal friendship with you which developed into a deep friendship sharing good times, bad times and much more. Most of all we truly enjoyed each other’s company. We shared advice sometimes agreeing sometimes not but always knowing we had each other’s best interest at heart. This created an even closer bond that served to further reflect your kind and loving nature and how you treasured everyone in the Blais family and saw fit to embrace us as a cherished member of that family as well. This has meant more to me than words can ever express. Rest in peace, Rosanna. We rejoice in knowing that you have left us for a better place where you can enjoy all the wonders of heaven in the loving hands of the Lord. With love from Rich, Fran and the entire Peritore family. We will dearly miss you. RICH, FRAN AND THE PERITORE FAMILY, November 11, 2020 My family was so fortunate to meet and become friends with Rosanna at Emler in Plano. She was such a warm, friendly helpful person who welcomed everyone. I got to know her well, because I had 4 children that all swam there over 10 years. She was always helpful with my twins when they were babies, and knew when I needed a break, and an ear to listen to my struggles. She gave great advice and had a kind heart. My kids still speak fondly of her whenever we talk about Emler. She also spoke with so much love and pride for her husband and children. I know her spirit will live on in them. Thank you for sharing your mom and wife with the world. She will always live on in your hearts and ours. Kathleen Vetkoetter , November 11, 2020 Jerry and Family. Phil sent me a note about the loss of your wife. One never knows exactly what to say under these tough medical conditions. I will say we will say a prayer for you and your family. God bless and keep the faith.
Warren Blesh, November 10, 2020 On behalf of all Blais family members (Pamela, Phil T, Cathy, Cooper, Charlotte, Catherine, etc.) we will always remember Jerry’s wife of 43 years. Nothing in life prepares us for losing a loved one. Rose was special, memories of her will always be a treasure, she will be missed beyond measure. While Rose has left our lives, she will not leave our hearts. Philip L. Blais, November 7, 2020 Our family has known the Blais family since 1994 when we moved next door in Deerfield. What began as friendly neighbors soon became an extended family with Rosanna and the Blais family. We had the pleasure of sharing many fond memories together that included holidays, vacations and various get-a-ways that are far too numerous to recall. From the Thanksgivings to the Christmases with "Dancing Santa" to Halloween chaos to the adventures at Possum Kingdom State Park to the weekend dinners, our memories of Rosanna are a permanent and constant reminder of her warm and loving presence. As our relationship grew over the past 25 years, Rosanna was always the perpetual warmth, joy and happiness that did so much to cement the strong bond we developed between our two families. Through our profound sadness, we remember with a smile and perhaps a tear in our eyes all the wonderful times we have been so blessed to share with Rosanna. These truly heartfelt memories cannot be erased and will forever reside in a very special place in our hearts. A special note to Rosanna from Fran: Over the years I have been fortunate to have had a more personal friendship with you which developed into a deep friendship sharing good times, bad times and much more. Most of all we truly enjoyed each other’s company. We shared advice sometimes agreeing sometimes not but always knowing we had each other’s best interest at heart. This created an even closer bond that served to further reflect your kind and loving nature and how you treasured everyone in the Blais family and saw fit to embrace us as a cherished member of that family as well. This has meant more to me than words can ever express. Rest in peace, Rosanna. We rejoice in knowing that you have left us for a better place where you can enjoy all the wonders of heaven in the loving hands of the Lord. With love from Rich, Fran and the entire Peritore family. We will dearly miss you. FRAN AND RICH PERITORE, November 7, 2020 We are heart broken to hear about Rose. We think often of our days living close and all the kids playing. I still use a recipe Rose gave me for fajitas. Your family will be in our prayers. Always,
Harvey & Tammy Browning, November 6, 2020 Sweet Rosanna, Thank you for your amazing kind and spicy spirit. Thank you for all your advice, wisdom and love. You have inspired so many with your kindness and selfless love. We are better because of you. Love, your Alaska girl, Caitlyn Niemi (former coworker) Caitlyn Niemi, November 6, 2020 Blais family, Rosanna was a mom to all of us at ESS Plano. One of the best things about working at the location was knowing you were going to get Rosanna on your team! No matter what challenges she face she always showed optimism, joy for life, and tremendous love for her family. She will be greatly missed, and I'll be forever grateful for getting the opportunity to work with such an outstanding person. Sincerely, Paul Cooley Paul Cooley, November 6, 2020 Sending prayers to Rose's family. Bernie and Julie Kellejer, November 6, 2020 Rosanna Blais started working at Emler Swim School in 1998 as the Customer Service Manager and continued as an employee until her illness in 2019. During Rosanna’s 21 years of service, she modeled selfless love in many different ways to serve people. She took a personal interest in the Plano staff and was known for her encouragement, support, and gifts. She knew the names of all her Emler customers in Plano and frequently watched little ones and held babies for busy Moms. She once organized a meal for a swim school customer going through chemotherapy. Many staff people and managers were trained under Rosanna who set the loving culture at the Emler Plano location as the smiling face that greeted everyone who walked through the door for more than 20 years. Our hearts are hurting at the loss of one of our favorite Emler "family" members. Jan Emler, November 4, 2020