Rose Ellen Filipchuk

July 18, 1933 – April 28, 2021
On April 28, 2021 our beautiful Rose was picked up by her Harry to travel “home”. With great sadness and loss for our much-loved mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, auntie and friend we celebrate the life of this kind and loving soul.
Rose was born in Manville, Alberta to Albert and Alta Lainchbury – the eighth child of nine. In 1946, Rose moved with her family to Grandview Flats, Armstrong. She met Harry her husband to be in 1953 but left Vernon to pursue a career in Psychiatric Nursing in New Westminster.
She returned in 1954 to work as a nurse for over 35 years at Dellview Hospital and later Bethany Home. Rose and Harry married in December 1956 and three daughters soon filled the home they built on Silver Star Road. It was here they raised their family, appaloosa horses, grew apples and vegetables, and hosted many gatherings of family and friends.
Like the flower, Rose emanated love, strength and sharing. Throughout her life she touched the lives of many people. Her home was always open with a meal set on the table, an ear to listen, and a kind word of advice when needed. She inspired her daughters, granddaughters and nieces to be loving, strong and independent women and her grandsons and nephews to be caring, loving and kind. She demonstrated the relationship between men and women is an equal partnership where love and respect can thrive.
Rose made the best potato salad, cabbage rolls and perogies. Her kitchen was canning central in the summer and she often hosted grandkids teaching them about nature, gardening, cooking and just enjoying the beautiful Okanagan – swimming, camping, fishing and having picnics.
She loved her home but also the adventure of travel and experiencing other cultures. She was a sports enthusiast – enjoying league bowling and aqua-therapy into her eighties, and was an avid fan of baseball, hockey and curling, talking about the games with her friend Ellie Jean. She loved going for drives and road trips, watching a good movie, and having family game nights where she usually won.
There was always music in her home and Rose passed on her love for singing to her daughters and grandchildren. In her younger days, she sang on the radio with her sister Della and then at eighty-one years of age stepped into the recording studio with her grandson Joe.
Rose had a progressive lung and heart condition which worsened over the last year. With the help of family, IH community health and palliative team members, caregiver Deb Sigalet, neighbours Hazel and Otto Henning, and Stella and George Carter, Rose remained in her home until her last days.
She was sharp and looked forward to frequent phone & video calls from family and friends. She passed with her daughters at her side.
Rose was predeceased by her husband Harry Filipchuk in 2003, to whom she was married for 46 years. She is survived by her three daughters Valerie (Jack), Renee (Rick), and Vesta (Greg); grandchildren Megan (Jon), Joe (Pam), Keenan (Natalie), Natasha (Devin), Tegan (Adam), Aliya (Gavin) and Nitara; great grandchildren Harrison, Hartley, Osa, Makenna and Ryker; two sisters Grace Crown and Della Guenther and many family members and long-time friends.
Rose was compassionate and supported many charities over her lifetime.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice and pay it forward with an “act of kindness” in Rose’s name. A family graveside gathering will be held at a later date and a celebration of life will be arranged when we can gather safely.

Do not watch the petal fall from the rose with sadness.
Know that, like life, things sometimes must fade.
Before they can bloom again.

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Cremation arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27 Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5

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