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Rochelle Marie Gartner-Primiterra

January 1, 1975 ~ August 23, 2021 (age 46)


Our beautiful and loved Rochelle passed away peacefully on August 23, at the age of 46, at her home in Calgary after fighting a courageous battle with Glioblastoma.    
Rochelle is survived by her loving husband Frank Primiterra, her parents Celine and Don Gartner, and her brothers and sisters Francine, Andrew, Micheline and Dale. Rochelle will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and close friends too numerous to mention.

She loved to perform and travel the world entertaining internationally, on cruise ships, and for numerous Canadian  shows. 
Rochelle was the Owner/Artistic Director of award winning Dance with France Studios and Artist Elite International, where she touched the lives of thousands of students she taught and mentored. Rochelle’s passionate love of dance and energy lives on in her students. She was highly respected within the Calgary dance community. 
Rochelle also enjoyed Cribbage and was a master at this card game, as her family well knows. Rochelle also loved water skiing, the ocean, and the sun.
Rochelle continued dancing, teaching and performing throughout her battle with Glioblastoma. She was an advocate, raising funds for Glioblastoma research.
Her passion for life was contagious. Rochelle will be remembered for her courage, kindness, artistry, dedication, discipline, grace, strength, infectious laugh and beautiful spirit.     

Rochelle passed away peacefully on Monday, August 23, 2021. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive SW) on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 11:00am.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Rochelle’s Army (, in honour of her courageous battle with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer.  Let’s help find a cure! 

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 Service Program


Prayer Service
August 30, 2021

7:00 PM
St. Gerard's Catholic Church
8944 Elbow Dr SW
Calgary, AB T2V 1L2

Funeral Mass
August 31, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Gerard's Catholic Church
8944 Elbow Dr SW
Calgary, AB T2V 1L2


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