In the early morning hours of November 7, 2010, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Rosie Skwarok passed away at the Dauphin Personal Care Home.
Rosie was born on October 29, 1921 to Mike and Nellie Genik in the R.M. of Gilbert Plains.
She attended Lemberg Elementary School and then stayed home and helped her parents on the family farm. On June 1, 1940, she was united in marriage to John Skwarok and they farmed in the Keld district until 1976 when they retired and moved to the town of Dauphin. They had two children, Leonard and Evelyn. Rosie loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and always looked forward to visiting with them.
Hospitality was always first and foremost with Rosie. Rosie loved company, and everybody who came to their house was immediately fed and given coffee or tea.
Rosie was also an avid gardener on the farm and that carried over to town when they retired. Gardening and growing flowers was not only a hobby, but it was a passion with Rosie. In 1999, she won the Dauphin Horticultural Society award for the 1st Best City Vegetable Garden. 3 years later, she won the Dauphin Horticultural Society award for the 3rd Best City Vegetable Garden. John and Rosie were always one of the first people to plant a garden in the spring, and one of the first to take it off in the fall. Rosie became a resident of the Dauphin Personal Care Home in September of 2008, and lived there until the time of her passing.
Left to cherish fond memories are her son Leonard and wife Edina, daughter Evelyn, grandchildren Corrine (Glen) Steele, Darla (Cory) Nickel and Brendi (Darcy Dixon). Great grandchildren Darien and Austin Steele, Hannah, Caitlan and Jessie Nickel, and Dylan Dixon. Sister Julia and brother-in-law Nick Sametz and sister-in-law Katherine Genik, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was predeceased by her parents Mike and Nellie Genik, her husband John Skwarok, step brother John Pidruski, brothers Nick and Frank Genik, step sister Mary Koshowski, sisters Ann Kawchuk and Teenie Leahman, sisters-in-law Mary Genik and Lilian Pidruski, and brothers-in-law Peter Kawchuk and Alex Koshowski.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, Manitoba with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery. A viewing was held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Chapel.
Rosie will always be remembered for her hospitality, happiness and devotion to her family.