Dr. Rosonna Marie Tite

January 21, 1948 to October 29, 2021


To view the funeral service for Dr. Rosonna Tite on Monday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m., please follow the link below:



Dr. Rosonna Marie Tite passed away peacefully at age 73.  Predeceased by her infant son Sean, brother Steven Spooner, and parents Donald and Ghislaine Spooner. 

Those left to mourn are her loving wife Ellen Chapple, daughters Heather Tite (Lynda), Marie Tite (Meilin), stepson Elliot, grandson David, sisters Brenda (Grant) and Donna (Ron), brothers Danny (Beth) and Jimmy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Rosonna received her PhD from the University of Toronto.  She was a long-standing employee of Memorial University of Newfoundland, starting her career there as an assistant professor after twenty years of teaching elementary and primary school in Ontario.  She assumed several leadership positions during her time at MUN, including Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program.  She was promoted to full professor.  Her professional and volunteer work touched countless people.

Rosonna was known for her kindness, sense of humour and gentle demeanor.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Sunday, October 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, November 1 at 11 a.m. with interment to follow in Kenmount Road Anglican Cemetery.  The funeral service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person with the link available above.  

Donations in Rosonna’s memory may be made to the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Education Scholarship.  



2-4 p.m. on October 31, 2021

7-9 p.m. on October 31, 2021

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Monday November 1st

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Interment to follow in Kenmount Road Anglican Cemetery.


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One year since you passed away!
I miss you so much!
I know we will meet again one day!

Today would have been your 74th Birthday!
I think about you every day and miss you so very much!
Love forever,
Your sister and friend,

How can it be one month akready since we last spoke and hugged beautiful Rosonna! My heart is broken, but I know you are no longer in pain. I miss you very much!
Your sister and friend!

My sympathy to Ellen and to all of Rosonna’s dear children, family, friends and students. Rosanna was my thesis advisor but she was more-a model of kindness and a tolerant perpetuator of faith that everyone can make a practical and meaningful difference. Everyone has talent. Try to see all sides. I have never forgotten and I will never forget her. She created impact for good that will live on for generations to come! It was a privilege to know you, Rosonna.

To my beautiful gorgeous and sweet Aunt Rosonna You are going to be dearly missed. I will always remember my visits to Newfoundland.. Thank you for being there when I needed you, I love you very much!

I am saddened by your passing, Rosonna, but understand what you and Ellen were going through.

Thankfully, I had many years working with Rosonna, almost from the beginning when both she and I joined Memorial. We had our many discussions and debates, particularly with approaches to research, but we frequently ended them over a cup of coffee and a good laugh. She had a great sense of the wide range of how we come to our understandings—a true scholar. I learned much from her. It was a real pleasure working with Rosonna, and I missed her when she retired.
I did not know how ill Rosonna was until recently but managed to have a couple good visits with her. Condolences to you Ellen and to your family. I know Rosonna will be long remembered, and she will be seriously missed but with many good memories.

Rosonna is such an amazing person, who helped impact and influence so many lives; and while her earthly presence will be missed, I’m sure her spirit will live on through our memory of her and her teachings. I feel lucky to have known her and those she’s helped shaped.

My condolences to her family.

Rosonna was a very supportive faculty member. I valued her work and benefited tremendously from her mentoring and sense of humour. I am extremely fortunate to have known her.

I extend my sincere condolences to Rosonna’s family.

Dr. Tite was my professor when I did my M.S.W. program. I am very grateful for her contributions to my education and for her kind approach. I am saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family and friends.

I worked with Rosanna when she was the coordinator of the “Women’s Studies Program” at Memorial. She was generous with her time and had a way of making space for those around her to be included and heard. My condolences to her family and friends.

My condolences to Rosanna’s family and friends. She was a wonderful colleague and a very special person.

I was one of the fortunate ones to have known & worked with the wonderful Dr. Tite. She was my thesis supervisor & my friend. Rest well Rosonna.

Aunt Rosonna was such an inspiration and encouragement to me, not only when I was growing up but especially when I began my own academic journey. She believed in me when I stumble over believing in myself. I always hoped she’d be proud of her nephew and that she’d see some of her work continued in my own journey as a teacher. She exemplified the heart of a teacher, a scholar, a friend. I will miss her. Thank you so much for livestreaming her service. Being on the west coast, I could not be there in person but I was able to attend and, in my own way, say farewell and thank you to her.

It was an honour to work with Rosonna. She was a trail blazer advancing social justice with passion, dedication and knowledge. Hers is a legacy of research, teaching and service that embodied principles of equity and caring..

My condolences to her family and friends.

Sad to hear about Rosonna’s passing. Although we had not seen each other after retirement, I remember fondly our adventures as pioneers of the old Women’s Studies programme. May she rest in peace.

My sincere sympathy to Ellen and family. Rosanna was a great person, and a good friend to many. She was a fine scholar and colleague.

Rosanna was an important mentor to me in my early days as an Assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. Drawing from my teacher roots , I was always trying to get everything done at once. She always reminded me – although our research feels endless , the researcher also needs time to rest. I have always dedicated a few weeks in July to “joyful rest” on her advice. Lucky to have had Rosanna in those early days !

On behalf of faculty and staff of the Faculty of Education, Memorial University, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Tite’s family, friends and colleagues, at this difficult time.

Dear Ellen,
To you and extended family, please accept my deepest condolences .💐 May Rosonna Marie Rest In Peace. Her life was indeed well lived and her contribution to Education will long be remembered.

As I have expressed to Rosonna many times, she changed the pathway of my life, for which I am forever grateful. I am also unendingly thankful for the support she provided, the mentorship, and the example of HOW to supervise. All of these learnings have been invaluable throughout my career. I will miss her presence so much.

Rosonna was a wonderful sister-in-law. I first met her when I had the pleasure of attending the wedding between my sister, Ellen and Rosonna. Her intelligence, lively wit and great conversation skills made her fun to be around. I will miss her dearly. I want to offer a blessing here, one which I was privileged to give at Ellen & Rosonna’s wedding. It is as meaningful today, as it was back then.

May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm themselves at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderers come in and out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star. And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day; and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on the way to God. And now, may the Lord bless you and bless you kindly. Amen.
From – “Carmina Gadelica” collected and compiled by Alexander Carmichael.

My beautiful Aunt Rosonna, I will miss you so much! Love you 💗

Dear Ellen, Heather, Marie and other cherished family members, especially grandson David, I was so saddened to read of Rosonna’s passing. She was such a wonderful person with great determination whom I learned a great deal from. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. She will be missed. Sincerely, Pamela Snow

Whenever we met, Rosonna kept me captive with her engaging personality, her great sense of humour and her keen intelligence. I am sorry to read of her passing.. My sincere condolences to you all.

Rosonna was an inspiring professor and mentor! She greatly expanded my postsecondary education as both my research professor and my thesis supervisor . I was so saddened to hear of her passing. Sending Sincere condolences to her family. May she rest in peace!

Ellen Bernie and I are so sorry for your loss .
Rosonna was a sweet and kind person., a pleasure to have as a neighbour. If there is anything you need, please let us know..

I was so fortunate to have had Rosonna as my thesis supervisor. An amazing professor and mentor. I learned so much from her about research and how to be a better educator. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. Sincere condolences to her family.

Rosonna You will forever be in my heart!You were the best friend and sister anyone could have ever hoped for. I will love you forever!

My sincere condolences to Dan Spooner and the entire Spooner family on the loss of a loving sister and aunt. May she rest in eternal peace.

Love you Rosonna, Love our talks we had I will miss that so much. What a wonderful woman you are. Forever in my heart. Love your baby sister. Donma xcxxoooo

My sincere condolences.

Rosanna mentored me with kindness and gentle suggestions when I first joined Women”s Studies. I applied her supportive ideas and found them so valuable. She was a lovely woman. My condolences to her family and friends.

My condolences to her family and friends on the loss of Rosonna from their lives. I feel privileged to have been her student and learned so many important lessons from her about research, scholarship, social justice and caring. Rosonna made a difference in so many lives. She made the world a better place.