Rose CHMELYK

Rose CHMELYK

CHMELYK, Rose March 7, 1927 – March 3, 2012. Rose passed away peacefully on March 3, 2012. Rose was born in Spedden, Northern Alberta. She grew up with her five brothers and four sisters on a homestead farm near Vilna. She married Nicholas Chmelyk in 1946. Rose and Nick, along with Nick’s brothers, moved to the North Peace area to pioneer vast grain farms near Cecil Lake, B.C. Daughter Judy and son James were born during this period. In 1955, tired of the unpredictability of farming life, they moved to Coquitlam. Nick found a long-term job at Fraser Mills in Maillardville. Son Gerald and daughter Sherry were born soon after. Nick and Rose separated in 1969. She lived for a number of years in New Westminster, working for a Ukrainian restaurant and at Monarch Foods. She then relocated to Edmonton to be closer to her siblings and worked at McGavin Bread. In the 1990’s, she moved to the Surrey/Langley area. Then due to declining health, she went to Kelowna to be under Sherry’s care. Rose had innumerable friends; she touched many with her straight talk and passion for life. She danced at the Kennedy Hall in Whalley and the Legions in New Westminster, Coquitlam, Edmonton, Cloverdale and Langley. Rose was predeceased by daughter Judy in 1970. Rose is survived by daughter Sherry (Mike), sons James (Yolanda) and Gerald (Faye), granddaughter Julia (Jon), grandsons Jerry (Erika), Jamie (Mandy), Chris (Kaysee), Dan (Delaine), Mitchell and Nick, great-granddaughter Sophia, great-grandsons Jeron, Seth, Lukas and Carson. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.

Surrey Now Leader


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