In Celebration of

Rose Alper

December 4, 1920 -  December 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Rose Alper (née Marcus) at the age of 100. Predeceased by her husband Hy, brother Albert Marcus and sister Ettie Marcus. Loving mother to Laura (Laszlo), Teresa (Steven) and David (Maria) and devoted grandmother to Miriam (Nadia), Mathieu (Jennifer), Marc and Maya. Adoring great-grandmother to Sylvie Hy.

Rose will be missed by her family and friends, many of whom were like family to her. Rose leaves as her legacy a lifelong commitment to social justice and activism. She made notable contributions to community life and forged strong friendships through volunteer work with Planned Parenthood and Breast Cancer Action Montreal. She was a role model to many.

Donations in Rose’s memory can be made to a community organization of your choice.

A celebration of Rose’s life will be held at a later date.


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marian comeau (neighbour)

Entered December 15, 2020

Dear Teresa and family,

I was very sorry to read about your mother's death, especially after surviving Covid.

Thinking of you.

Marian & Danny

Gail Davidson (Friend of Laura Alper and Laszlo Barna)

Entered December 15, 2020 from Vancouver BC

Rose was a woman who continued. When she and Hy left the communist party, she continued to believe that individuals could (and should), through their activism, work with others to build a better world for all. When Rose and Hy separated, she continued to believe in herself, her family and in the life she and Hy had shared for so many years. Visiting Rose in Montreal in 1981, I was so impressed by the cleanliness, order and tidiness of her home, that I promised myself not to die until my own house was in a state of order similar to that of Rose'. I am still waiting. Thank you Rose for welcoming me as a member--albeit a very distant member--of the Alper/Barna family and for inspiring me. Gail Davidson.

Paola Sesia 

Entered December 17, 2020 from Oaxaca. Mexico

Dear Theresa and David,
I am sorry to hear the news of your mom's passing. I am looking at her picture, smiling and I cannot help but remember when I met Rose for the first time in 1976. It was when I met all of you. I had the great fortune to spend a Summer in Montreal when Rose and Hy gracefully opened their home and lives to my curious, 18th years-old eyes... It was my first trip to the American continent. I remember that during my visit, your mom took me to a Planned Parenthood visit, where she was already a volunteer, and she showed me around and explained why women's reproductive rights were so important. I was very impressed by her, her politics and activism in favor of social justice. I was also impressed by her warmth and the warmth of your family's home. After over thirty years of having lost touch, I was able to trace you, David, again in 2014 and heard news of Rose. We briefly spoke on the phone and she had exactly the same voice. I remember that I told my mother that I had been able to track down the Alper's family again. My mom remembered Rose quite well, from her trip to Canada from Italy with my father I think in 1971...My mother also passed away this same year in June and I miss her terribly. I understand how you, Laura, Theresa and David must be feeling right now. I am sending my love to all of you. Dear Rose, have a good trip to the next dimension.

Eric Davis & Deanna Reder (Friend and son of her great friends, Muriel & Harry Davis)

Entered December 17, 2020 from Vancouver

I have only loving, happy memories of Rose. She was a kind, warm, highly intelligent, articulate woman and what liberal arts folks call an active, ethical citizen. She was indeed a role model. What I remember most, perhaps, is her laughter. She had a wonderful laugh, one that reflected her hope and optimism and her faith in the possibilities of, and actions to achieve, a better world.

Our sincere condolences to her family.

Debra Fisher 

Entered December 17, 2020

I have rarely met such a kind, thoughtful and intelligent woman. Your mom was a dear friend of my mother (Helen Fisher) and they were part of a group that celebrated New Year's Eve together every year. They did overlap at Westmount One for a few months but my mother was too ill at that point to enjoy the friendship. She will be remembered with great fondness! May a lifetime of cherished memories comfort you today and always.


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