With sadness the family announces the sudden death of Donnie Steve Rosolowsky on July 1, 2011 at the age of 53.
Don was born to John and Lena Rosolowsky (nee Michalchuk) on July 18, 1957 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. He obtained his education at Tanner, Brickburn and GPCI high school. He farmed with his father until 1989 and continued until 2005 when he rented out his land. During that time he also worked with various construction companies both in Manitoba and Alberta through the winter months. One of his memorable accomplishments was working on the Vermillion dam in Dauphin. He served for several years on council for the Rural Municipality of Gilbert Plains. In the year 1993 Don won the Farmer Appreciation Award sponsored by Pool Elevators. A very proud moment.
At a young age, Don was very curious about how things worked and would dismantle (sometimes at the dislike of his father) and rebuild or remodel them. This carried on into his adult life. These talents made him a Jack of all trades, welder, mechanic, plumber, electrician and carpenter. There wasn’t anything that Don could not fix. When he wasn’t working on the farm or with cattle he would take a break and enjoy the finer things in life; fishing, hunting, camping, quadding, baking, gardening, canning, making jam, playing cards (cheating lots) escorting and watching Andrew and Cheryl play hockey or just spending time with family and friends. When entertaining, Don would ensure that there was plenty to eat and drink. Don was an early riser and if he wasn’t giving somebody an early morning wake up call (6:00 a.m.) he was busy baking a pie, making muffins or his famous butter tarts. How lucky we were to enjoy these. We all enjoyed his famous garlic laced headcheese, potent beets and horseradish or delicious soups. Don was quite the chef.
One of Don’s most endearing feature was his infectious laugh. We are sure that everyone will remember it, it was so unique but usually followed a practical joke or a prank. Where he came up with these ideas, we really don’t know, but they are memorable.
Don is survived by his three children — 2 daughters Amanda (Ryan) Scott, Cheryl Rosolowsky and fiancé Devin Hughes, and his son Andrew Rosolowsky; 2 sisters Sharon (Ted) Rehirchuk and Eileen (Bruce) Oleski; his nephews Brian and Darrell Rehirchuk, Mark Oleski; niece Megan Oleski and great-nieces Lauren, Kayla and Taylor Rehirchuk.
Don was predeceased by his mother Lena in December 1977 and father John in September 1989.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin. The Reverend Father Brent Kuzyk officiated, accompanied by St. George’s Cantors. Interment followed in the Gilbert Plains Chatsworth Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Rehirchuk, Darrell Rehirchuk, Walter Rosolowsky, Robert Czarnecki, Bradley Solski and Doug Gray. All of Don’s family and friends were to consider themselves as Honorary Pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don may be made to the Gilbert Plains Ambulance Service.