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Date of Passing: Jun 21, 2020

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We are all so very deeply saddened, on the afternoon of June 21, 2020, our wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and baba, Rose Diakiw, shortly after her 104th birthday, decided it was her time and left us to be reunited with her son Nick and husband Nicholas.
Left to mourn her passing are her son Len and wife Elsie, grandson Cliff, granddaughter Linda and her husband Rick, along with her other grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Edmonton.
Born and raised in the Fraserwood, MB area, she would eventually move to Winnipeg and meet her husband at the restaurant she was working at. Together they had two sons, Len and Nick, and lived most of the rest of their lives in the North End on Burrows Avenue.
How do you sum up a life spread over 104 years?
Rose was formidable and tenacious, a strong woman who worked hard all her life. During her time working for the Government, she was invited to Ottawa to represent women in Canada fighting for equal pay. Not bad for a girl from the farm living in North Winnipeg. She was an amazing cook and an even better gardener. Baba enjoyed watching wrestling and having a "shot" of her favourite beverage especially with her family. Following the passing of her husband Nicholas in 1980, she continued to live in her house up until a few years ago when she eventually moved to Holy Family Nursing Home. The last few years were a struggle and as the end approached you could see her soul was ready to enter her new life void of this crazy world. She was selfless and giving of herself all the time, whether it was love, support, guidance or help with finances - she was always there never putting herself first. Family was her priority.
This world has lost such a beautiful person and it was a much better place when you were still with us, but now it's your time Baba, no more pain, no more worrying, no more sorrow, please rest peacefully. In the words of her grandson: "I believe our souls never die, rather they transcend and live on watching over us until we are all together once again." We know you are still with us in spirit so every once in a while look in on us because we still need you and miss you terribly. We love you so very much, your family. God bless Baba Rose!!!!!
The family would like to thank Holy Family Nursing Home for the care and compassion they have shown while Mom was in their care.
A private family service will take place at a later date.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My Aunt rented a room from Rose and her husband back in the 60s and 70s myself and my siblings looked so forward to spending the occasional weekends there. Rose would bring us baking and check on us and we’d get an occasional story from Nick. Beautiful people. - Posted by: Karen Sawchuk (Accaintance ) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • My Exceptional Rose, My Beautiful Baba Rose; Long before Oprah encouraged us to live our authentic life, there was a Rose who was living her true life, and being her true self and quite simply, was a beauty to behold. Those of us fortunate to be within her bloom are the better for it and we smile with sentimental reflection upon a life still enduring within ours. This true-hearted woman is a Grand Lady who I admire greatly for how she loved, for how she spoke her mind, uh huh, her most endearing quality and how she devoted the best of herself for the well being of her family. And I gotta say, I admire her acquired taste for that exceptionally fine sumthin sumthin for sipping. I raise my glass, give a nod, and sip in honor of you Baba and your Beautiful Life. 'Razohrev, Sohrev Dybosyia’ Rose was charming and outright direct; fun and profound and most of all, a pillar in her strength of will. She always had honest to goodness twinkling smiles in her eyes and her laughter encouraged a moment to linger a little while longer. Look at her photo closely, what you see is a proud and humble woman. But the best part is for those of us in ‘the know’, there was always a great anticipation of what fun lie in wait beyond that coy smile of hers. As Matriarch of The Diakiw Family, Rose cemented the foundation on which generations hereafter will build upon the traditions she lovingly and proudly shared with us; and in this, her legacy continues forevermore. Forever and For Always, Granddaughter Colleen and husband Bill; Great-Grandchildren Brentton and wife Jennifer; Nicholaus, Zenakia. And Dearest Baba your Great-Great-Grandchildren, Mathew, Sophia-Rose, Corey, Nolan. - Posted by: Colleen Jensen (Granddaughter) on: Jun 27, 2020

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