It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful mother and grandmother, Lolita Rocheleau-Lazenby on June 18, 2015. Lolita was born in Mexico on August 12, 1945 settled in Canada with her two children in 1975. Lolita lived life to the fullest and was a vibrant, caring and generous person. Pre-deceased by her husband Rod Lazenby in 2012, she is survived by her siblings in Mexico: Jesus, Carmela, Charo, Chabela, and Jose Luis, as well as her loving children, Rod Rocheleau and Lolina Koopmans (Robert), and grandchildren Alex, Carmina, Emma and Sarah. Lolita had many interests and several careers including nurse, flight attendant, hairdresser, fitness instructor, synchronized swimming instructor and eventually retired from working at Corrections Canada. After retirement, she was an active member of her community volunteering many hours teaching ESL and at various activities with the Lions Club. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing the piano, dancing, fine arts, languages and travelling. We are grateful for the wonderful memories made while travelling to Mexico together earlier this year.
Lolita’s passion for swimming was evident by the numerous medals awarded to her in synchronized and competitive swimming. Lolita was taken from us suddenly by a brain aneurysm as she was swimming with two of her grandchildren. We take comfort in knowing she passed quickly and without pain, surrounded by family and doing what she loved (swimming). We thank her for teaching us to try new things and never give up, to be generous and giving of ourselves, and to be happy, enjoy life and love each other deeply. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chilliwack on Saturday, August 1st at 9:00 a.m. followed by coffee and tea in the church banquet room.