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Rose Anne (Smigelski) Bakowy

December 23, 1921 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 100)


Rose was born Dec. 23, 1921 in Oyen and passed away April 12, 2022.

She was the third child of John and Tekla Smigelski and grew up on the farm.

She married Nick Bakowy July 22, 1942. They purchased a 1/2 section of land from Joe Blaise and that was the start of their farming life. Life on the farm was hard, but so very rewarding.

Rose was known for her cooking and her huge garden.

She loved curling, cards and bingo. Trips with her daughters to play the VLTs was something she always looked forward to.

Rose was adept at playing the piano and a bit of guitar.

She was known for her perogies and they always sold out in minutes at the farmers market. Canning fruit was an industrial event.

She was a member of the CWL for many years.

Nick and Rose were fortunate to be able to do trips to Mexico, Eastern Canada and many places in the States.

In 1987, Nick and Rose retired to Oyen. She continued with her excellent cooking and still had a garden.  Rose moved to the Oyen Lodge in 2003 until 2015 when she moved to the Oyen Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Tekla Smigelski, Husband Nick, brothers; Paul, Mike, Pete, daughter Norma Bruntjen, sisters-in-law; Betty Smigelski, Annie Smigelski and son-in-law Ken Walz.

She is survived by her daughter Theresa Walz, son; Tony (Val) and Roger. Grandsons Kevin (Melany) Walz and family, Troy (Leigh) Bruntjen and family, Corey Bruntjen, Calvin (Jodie) Walz and family, son-in-law Ray Bruntjen, sister-in-law Dorothy Smigelski and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be directed to Oyen and District Health Care Foundation Box 1, Oyen, AB T0J2J0 or to a charity of Donors Choice


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Funeral Mass
April 20, 2022

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5 Ave East
Oyen, AB T0J2J0


Oyen and District Health Care Foundation
Box 1, Oyen AB T0J 2J0

Donors Choice

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