Obituary of Rowena Lim (Gatila) Charette
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at The St. Catharines General Hospital on July 5, 2022 after a long battle with breast cancer. Loving partner and best friend to Andy Charette, mother to Cerena Joy Gatila and Aiden Charette, cherished daughter of Leonardo Lim and daughter-in-law to Andrew and Geraldine Charette. Rowena will be dearly missed by her brothers Terry Lim (Rose), Bong Lim (Cora) and her sisters-in-law Lisa and Robin (Darren). She is fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.
Rowena was born in Manila, Philippines. She graduated from college in Quezon City, Philippines in 1987, and moved to Toronto, Canada in 1989. In 2002, Rowena met the love of her life and moved to Welland, Ontario. Rowena took pride in being a hard worker. She worked in various roles throughout her lifetime but eventually found her passion in working with seniors at Lookout Retirement and Season’s Retirement homes. She had a reputation of being a sweet, kind and compassionate caregiver who always went above and beyond to ensure her residents were well taken care of. Rowena was a beautiful, gentle and generous soul. She loved animals, karaoke, watching baseball and hockey, weekend movies, and sharing her love for cooking. She was an excellent cook who often treated her loved ones with homemade Filipino dishes, banana bread and spring rolls. The family would like to say a sincere thank you to staff at the St. Catharines General Hospital. Special thank you to Deb and to all of the nurses in the Medical Oncology Department. The kindness and compassion shown to Rowena and our family at this time was greatly appreciated.
As per Rowena’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) A celebration of life will take place on July 17, 2022 from 2pm-6pm at the Community Hall, Welland Arena. We ask that attendees wear white to honor Rowena.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Online condolences may be shared to Rowena's tribute page found at EssentialsNiagara.com.
A Celebration of LifeDate:
July 17, 2022Start Time:
2:00 pmEnd Time:
Community Hall, Welland Arena
501 King St, Welland, ON L3B 3K4https://goo.gl/maps/ShWbxUpUBDvKJvdx8
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