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Date of Passing: Mar 20, 2020

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The family of Rose Jean Onofrey announce her peaceful passing on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the age of 93.
She was predeceased by her sons, Gerald and Dennis Onofrey, parents, Anton and Mary Kaskiw, brothers, Jack, Frank and Stan Kaskiw, and daughter-in-law Darlene Onofrey. She leaves to mourn her daughter-in-law Paula, grandchildren, Corey Onofrey (Jai) and Beckie Williams (Ben), five great-grandchildren, Lucy, Thomas, Ella, Esme and Emmett, brothers, Edward (Marian) and Melvin (Maria), sister Shirley Slobodian (Joe), sisters-in-law, Mary Kaskiw and Nellie Kaskiw, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Rose was born in the area of Shoal Lake, MB. Never a small town girl, when she completed her education she moved to Winnipeg. Rose was a very private person. Her number one focus in life was caring for her sons. Once they started school she joined the workforce at James Richardson & Sons as a secretary in the Pioneer Grain division. She was extremely proud to work for Pioneer Grain where she remained until her retirement at age 65.
Rose was tremendously proud when her son Dennis became an R.C.M.P. officer. Her greatest fear came to fruition when he was taken away while on duty at the young age of 27. Her saving grace was her daughter-in-law Paula and her two grandchildren. Although they were miles apart, she loved them dearly. Her free time was then devoted to her son Gerry and daughter-in-law Darlene until their passing.
Rose was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Mary's Cathedral for over 70 years. Never did she miss attending mass. She also was involved with the Catholic Women's League for many years.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurturing staff at Charleswood Care Centre where she was cared for in her final days.
Due to current global health concerns a private service and mass for immediate family will be held. A Celebration of Life gathering will take place at a later date.

Online condolences can be made at Instructions and links to watch the funeral live online or recorded at a later date will also be posted at

Korban Funeral Chapel
(204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your beloved family member.We met Rose and became friends as fellow parishioners at St Mary's Cathedral (where she often said that she felt it was like being at home).We will treasure our memories of Rose as someone who exemplified grace! She loved her family and God. sincerely, Pat and Ernie Gagnon - Posted by: Pat and Ernie Gagnon (church friend) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • I didn't work directly with Rose; but had the pleasure working out on the 31st floor with her. Rose was a very friendly lady in her shy, quiet way. I always enjoyed our brief conversations. The last time I had the pleasure of seeing Rose was at a book signing for her son Dennis. No matter what she was going through she always greeted you with a smile. Rest in Peace Rose, you had a life that most of us would be too weak to endure. You showed us first hand what strength truly looks like. The heavens just received another angel. - Posted by: Roslyn Saurette (Richardson Greenshields) on: Mar 24, 2020

  • Many years @ James Richardson & Sons Christmas parties, Ladies days, and everyday working relationships, Rose and I were not close buddieys but we were associated in a professional work environment. I recall her Son Dennis' tragic passing. All Our entire Companies staff were in shock and attempted to help support Rose in her tremendous loss. Rose had a lovely shy smile that we all hoped to have her use more often. Beautiful lady, rest in peace. Lyla Mobberley - Posted by: Lyla Mobberley (Work friend @ Richardson's ) on: Mar 24, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Family of Rose Kaskiw. She was a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace. Our prayers are with the family. May you cherish the memories you have of her. - Posted by: Nester and Marie Wowryk (friends of family) on: Mar 24, 2020

  • Very sorry to hear of Rose's passing. I have many great memories of Rose on Qu'Appelle when I was young and hanging out with Dennis & Gerry and then as we were all starting out in our adult lives. Rose was a very special lady. Deepest Sympathy to all of her family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Gordon & Linda - Posted by: Gordon Demers (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2020

  • I meet Gerry when he and my brother George Arcioni were friends. I then got to know Dennis when Gerry and Dennis were both in the band The House Grannies. It was truly devastating when I heard of Dennis' tragic passing. My brother and I visited Gerry and Darlene a few times, several years ago. I was on vacation in Vancouver when I heard about Gerry's passing. My condolences to the surviving family on losing Rose. May they all rest in peace. - Posted by: Franca McQuiggin (Old friend of Gerry and Dennis) on: Mar 24, 2020

  • Deepest Sympathy! As Jesus holds you in his arms ,may all the happy memories you shared with Rose help to cushion this terrible grief.Rose was a remarkable lady ! - Posted by: Sonia (lamb) Krykolowich (friend) on: Mar 24, 2020

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