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Born: Jun 22, 1936

Date of Passing: May 31, 2012

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ROSIE FEDORCHUK (née KOZAK) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rose on Thursday, May 31, 2012, surrounded by her family, at her home in Tolstoi, Manitoba. Rose was able to spend her final days at home supported by her daughter, Theresa, and many other friends and family members. Rose was predeceased by her parents John and Julia Kozak of Tolstoi; brothers Nestor and Vladimir; brothers-in-law Maurice Romaniuk, John Grabowiecki and Steve Antoniuk. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 56 years, William (Bill) Fedorchuk, daughter Theresa Fleming (John); son Ken Fedorchuk (Deb); granddaughters Dana Scrivens (Byron), Hailey and Kayla Fedorchuk; grandsons Curtis and Scott Fleming (Jennifer), and great-grandson Will; sisters: twin, Theresa Antoniuk (friend, John), Bernice Murphy (John) of Toronto, Eleanor Hart (Lawrence), Sylvia Fjeldsted (Kris), and sister-in-laws Betty Kozak, Mary Pardoski (Stan), Sonia Romaniuk. Also left to cherish her memory are her numerous nieces and nephews. Rose was born on the Kozak homestead south of Tolstoi on June 22, 1936. She attended Bradley School from Grades 1 to 11. She was a permit teacher at Prawda School in Stuartburn, Manitoba (1954 to 1955). Rose married Bill on October 22, 1955 at the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Tolstoi. Rose and Bill settled on the Fedorchuk century farm west of Tolstoi where they raised their family. Rose was an active member of the Tolstoi Sacred Heart Of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada for 47 years. In 1975 Rose was introduced to ceramics. She opened her own ceramic business out of her home and successfully ran it until 1991. Rose now had more time to devote to her love of gardening for which she had a natural green thumb. She spent countless hours transforming their yard into a place of beauty. Her love of trees, flowers and nature itself was shown in the tender care she took in the planting and nurturing of her gardens. In 1970 and 1972, Bill and Rose won the Farm Home Award in the Dominion City, Emerson and Tolstoi area. In 1991 Bill and Rose won the Manitoba Good Road Competition for the best Farm Home Grounds in the Eastern District and the provincial award for the Best Farm Home Ground Competition. Rose also volunteered her time and talent in teaching ceramics to 4-H members from Woodmore 4-H Club and Ridgeville Combined Club. In 1991, she received her eight year leadership pin. Rose was well known for her variety of crafts such as decorating Ukrainian Easter Eggs, paper tole and decorative painting of cans and rocks. Every family member has a prized scenic stone painting or Ukrainian Easter Egg to remind them of Rose. Rose was very athletic, playing Ladies softball until recently, curling (skip) until 2012, and participated in various other sports during her life. Rose's passions were her family, friends, her enormous garden and her love of BINGO. She loved gatherings with friends and family and would be the last one to bed after countless games of Scrabble or cards. The family would like to thank the ladies of the Roseau River and Vita Garden Clubs for their thoughtful labour, planting flowers in Rose's flower bed prior to her arrival home from the Bethesda Hospital on May 26. Rose spent her final days sitting on her front deck admiring her gardens. The family would like to thank the nurses Anne Plett and Pauline Gosselin of the South Eastman Palliative Care Program for their support during Rose's time at home. A Prayer Service will take place Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at The Ukrainian National Home (Vita Hall), Vita, MB. Funeral Service will be held Monday, June 4, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church, Tolstoi, MB, Interment to follow at Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery fund or a charity of their choice. Arrangements by Vita Funeral Home, 1-204-425-3114

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 02, 2012

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Dear Rosie, it's almost 6 months since you've gone to join our brother Valdimir and our parents, John and Lily Kozak in heaven. Your absence feels like your just gone on a long vacation coming back any day soon. I miss you dear sister and think you of you often, only consolation is that at least you're out of pain. Sister Eleanor Hart - Posted by: Eleanor Hart (Sister) on: Nov 22, 2012

  • My tribute to my dearest friend Rosie is forever... A daughter of the earth…attuned to the richness that came with every season Rosie, you were unrelenting in your quests. I admired your drive, but it made me tired just listening to all of what you were doing at any time of year. Thank you for having such passion for folk arts and crafts. Treasured Rosie originals will live on in countless collectors' homes. I never imagined the little painted watering can would mean as much to me as it does now...for I always just assumed we would grow old together. You were so daring, so brave, never bound to the farm by winter, ever charging through it finding warmth in family, friends, and community...waiting for spring to burst forth with all the jackpot loads of things to be preserved and shared. Guided by your keen senses, you knew when to pick the berries, where the pitpanky would be, and you went for it unrelentingly, no matter how many bears were spotted near the farm. You were brave in all your pursuits of bounty, delighted by the enormous tasks of canning, and eager for whatever came next. I will think of you in the wind, remember you in all seasons, hear your voice in my memory, and my heart will break that you are not here to enjoy one more batch of smourgy, or one more late night sitting together wishing for luck, visiting and laughing. You were taken much too soon dear friend and I will miss you more than I even know, but if there is any consolation in this swift injustice, I am grateful that your suffering was brief. The legacy of your beautiful life is that yours was one of the fullest that was ever lived. - Posted by: Nettie Yarmie (lifelong friend) on: Jun 07, 2012

  • Condolences are sent to the family on the passing of Rose. I will miss her words of advice and wisdom whenever it came to me calling her about a garden question or a ceramic mending question. Thanks to all the times she helped me find places to purchase easter egg painting supplies. Heaven will get alot of help in those areas now --- rest in peace Rose. I am so very honored to have had you as a mentor and friend. I will forever cherish the many Ukrainian Easter eggs I was gifted with that were made by you!! - Posted by: Brenda Mihaychuk (past ceramic class student, friend) on: Jun 04, 2012

  • My heartfelt condolences to Bill & family. What a shock. I shall miss you Rose. No more crib games or casino trips. - Posted by: Hazel Hoplock (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2012

  • Will always remember Rose's beautiful flower gardens and her invitations to tour them with the seniors! It was something you did best and loved and were proud to share---not to mention the homemade baking we always got to sample! Truly will miss your hospitality. Vichnaya PamYat Rosie! Going to miss you at St. Nicholas Day this year as you always kept us informed. We know you'll be watching from above. - Posted by: Vita PCH (Friends) on: Jun 04, 2012

  • My heart is saddened by the loss of our dear Auntie Rosie. My time spent at the farm was very memorable. Especially when handed a jar of salt to spend in the garden with the cukes. I will miss you Auntie Rosie though we were very far apart our exchange of Christmas cards will be missed. Love you dearly - Posted by: Shelley O'Neill (Great Niece) on: Jun 03, 2012

  • Our sincere condolences to husband Bill, family and friends of Rose. Rose was a devoted and active member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada. We appreciate her commitment to her church league and community. She will truly be missed and we will remember her in prayer. Вічная Пам'ять - Posted by: Pat Sirski and UCWLC Archeparchial Executive (Friends, Sister League Members) on: Jun 03, 2012

  • Rest in peace Rosie. Our Prayers and thoughts go out to Bill, Theresa, Ken and also to their families. - Posted by: John and Sandy Antoniuk Greenwood, NS () on: Jun 03, 2012

  • Rosie will be sadly missed. She was the lifeblood of our community and her zest for life is something all of us will remember. Vichnaya Pamyat. - Posted by: Elaine Holodryga (neighbour) on: Jun 02, 2012

  • I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Rosie's family, especially her husband Bill with whom I attended church lectures with as a young child. May Rose rest in peace. Len Kassian, West Kelowna, B.C. - Posted by: Len Kassian (long time friend) on: Jun 02, 2012

  • Rosie you will be missed. I loved your homemade jams. Love you and I will miss you. - Posted by: Garry Horbul (friend) on: Jun 02, 2012

  • I will always remember the countless summers we spent with Auntie Rosie & Uncle Bill at the family farm. The years she spent trying to teach me the art of Easter Egg decorating, she always told me they were beautiful (even though they werent). My heart is filled with sadness, but filled with the loving memories of a passionate, energizing loving aunt that I will never forget. Vichnaya Pamyat. - Posted by: Illana Romaniuk (Niece) on: Jun 02, 2012

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