Pearl Rozak (1917-2021), formerly of Dauphin, passed away peacefully at the age of 103 years at Hillcrest Personal Care Palliative Unit in Brandon, MB on October 4, 2021, just 13 days short of her 104th birthday.
Pearl was born in the Drifting River Municipality of Ethelbert, MB on October 17, 1917 to Nellie and Joseph Kanuka. She was one of 7 children. She attended Duck Hills School until Grade 8 and then worked in Gilbert Plains where she met her husband Wilfred. They were married on February 12, 1940 and had two daughters. They farmed in the Gilbert Plains area. After selling the farm in 1947, they moved to Lethbridge, AB for one year and then to Ashville, MB where they operated a successful Esso service station and Massey Ferguson dealership with Wilfred's brother Michael. After Wilfred passed away, Pearl moved to Dauphin in 1978. They had started building their retirement home but after Wilfred's death Pearl moved to Dauphin alone. She lived there for 24 years and then moved to Monterey Estates in Brandon in 2012 to be close to her remaining daughter Lorraine. She lived at Monterey Estates for 10 years and with Lorraine for 1 1/2 years prior to residing at Hillcrest PCH.
Pearl was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Nellie Kanuka in the 60's, her husband Wilfred in 1978 and her daughter Donna in 1982. She was predeceased by all her siblings.
Pearl cherished her years of traveling, sewing, volunteering, knitting, gardening, and needlepoint. She took a great deal of pride in her handiwork and her yard and garden.
She had requested a funeral in Dauphin and to be laid to rest beside her husband and youngest daughter. However, due to Covid restrictions and the lack of remaining friends and relatives, Lorraine chose to have a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.
Pearl is survived by her eldest daughter Lorraine of Brandon, a niece Sandra Jonasson (Len) of Guelph, ON and a nephew Gerald Hominiuk of Gilbert Plains, MB, a nephew Glenn Rozak (Lois) from Dauphin, MB and a nephew David Rozak of Edmonton, AB.
I would like to thank all those in attendance including my friend Jan Loe from Brandon, FAther Oleg Bodnarksi, Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral SErvice and the staff and Hillcrest PCH, all the people who phoned and sent their condolences.
A Graveside Service and interment was held for Pearl on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm from the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin with Very Rev Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.
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