With great sadness, the family of Rose Kowalchuk announce her passing at the age of 98 on June 30th at the Kamsack Nursing Home.
Rose was born on June 16, 1923 as one of 15 children to Walter & Annie Radwanski of the Danbury area. At the age of 13, Rose left home to work for a family in Norquay while attending school. It was there she was also enrolled for a term at the Covenant Bible Institute.
On October 29, 1944 Neil and Rose were married on a Sunday morning at the Mission Covenant Manse, having told friends several years before when she saw him playing ball: “that’s the man I’m going to marry”. They farmed north of Hyas for many years, laboured hard and raised their three children in simpler times.
In 1975 they retired to Norquay and then at age 55, Rose obtained her driver’s licence. A great source of pride, it gave her the freedom to travel around the area or even just to make her daily trips uptown.
As well as taking in sewing work, she restored old furniture (mainly pianos) by scraping them with a piece of glass. Rose also babysat the Sorochuk girls for many years. She continued to tend to her very large garden, and make delicious homemade borsch and perogies.
Rose is predeceased by her husband Neil and her dearly loved son Gary. She is survived by two daughters Eleanor (Wayne deceased) & Shirley (Bob), daughter-in-law Lisa, grandchildren Brandi (Werner), Tanner, and Chelsea (Michael), as well as great-granddaughter Madison. Rose will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Graveside prayers were spoken on July 5th at the Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Arden Gustafson of the Norquay Covenant Church presiding. As a token of sympathy, donations may be made to the N.I.C.E. Centre in Norquay, a favourite senior spot of Mom & Dad.
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