Rose Repa

Rose Repa (Bondaruk)

Tuesday, November 19th, 1918 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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REPA, Rose (née Bondaruk)
November 19th, 1918 – April 26th, 2020

Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health at the age of 101, Rose was a beautiful, kind and loving person whose absence will be deeply missed.

Born on November 19th, 1918 in the village of Moskalivka, in the north east of Ukraine, Rose immigrated to Canada with her family, at the age of 10 years old, in 1929.

Daughter of the late Moses and Pelagia Bondaruk. Beloved wife for 32 years of the late Alexander Repa.

Devoted and cherished mother of her daughters Deanna and Rosemarie and of her son-in-laws that she was proud to call her « sons », John Hottot and Jean-Yves Fortier.

Predeceased by her siblings Marie and John she is survived by her sister Olga, as well as her nephews Serge, Paul, Michael, James, John and nieces Louise, Janie and their families.

Rose was the dedicated and proud Grandmother of Dawn, Kristy (Keven), Nadia (Guillaume) and Karine (Ghyslain) and the dear Great Grandmother of Cameron, Zoe, Félix Antoine, Frederique, Justin and Jessica Rose.

Rose lived a rewarding and full life. She was a strong, determined and independent woman, having lost her husband Alexander when she was only 54 years old; at what time she learned to drive and continued to drive until the age of 93! She was a kind and generous person who was always helping her family and many friends. Rose was a good listener and showed great empathy to others, in time of need.

She maintained the family home until the age of 96. At that time, she gave up the family house and was welcomed to live with and be cared for by her daughter Deanna and son-in law, John.

After arriving in Canada in 1929, with her parents and siblings, Rose lived in Fork River, Manitoba where she worked on the family farm and went to school until the family moved to Toronto in 1937. She met Alexander in Toronto and they married in 1940. She worked in hotel catering services and as a seamstress, until moving to Oshawa in 1945, where they had a house built.

During the years of raising a young family, Rose worked in her father’s Oshawa tailor shop, where she became a highly proficient seamstress for both men and women’s clothes. Following this, she enjoyed her work at Murray Johnston’s Men’s Wear for 18 years as the main seamstress, where her sense of humour was enjoyed by all. She continued to sew for family members even in her 90’s and kept her electric sewing machine, which impressed many.

Rose was a member of St John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox church. As a talented seamstress she volunteered her time in sewing clergy vestments. Upon her retirement, Rose was an enthusiastic and active member of the choir for many years at the Oshawa Seniors Club.

She enjoyed reading, word puzzles, gardening, cooking, baking and travelling, taking her granddaughters Dawn and Kristy on several trips. She also accompanied her daughter Rosemarie, Jean-Yves and her grandchildren Nadia and Karine on many enjoyable trips.

Her Ukrainian culinary specialties were appreciated by all. Rose had a close connection and happiness participating in family activities. Even at 101 years old she assisted John in making cabbage rolls!

Rose will be greatly missed and fondly remembered as a loving mother and cherished grandmother with her engaging personality, empathy, sense of humour and love of life.

Our sincere gratitude to Dr. Albert Hanna for his compassionate and excellent care.
The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses on the cardiology and palliative care units of Lakeridge Health.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the present public health circumstances.

If desired donations may be made to The Children’s Wish Foundation in Rose’s memory and her love of children or to the charity of your choice. The family would appreciate condolences and stories be left on Rose's webpage at
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    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 |
    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
    Mount Lawn Memorial Gardens
    21 Garrard Rd.
    Whitby, Ontario L1N 3K4
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Donations are being accepted for: Children's Wish Foundation.


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Posted at 07:21pm
Rosemarie, I spelled your name wrong, so sorry. Gary

Posted at 07:15pm
Dear Roseamarie,

I was truly saddened to learn of the passing of your Mother. I remember her welcoming smile and very contagious laugh. She lived a rich and rewarding life. Your mother was hard working, caring for her father and she raised two beautiful daughters.

She was so fortunate to have such a loving family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren must have brought her great joy. Her energy and love of life will continue through them.

Again, my condolences. Stay healthy and safe. Yours truly, Gary.

Rosemarie Posted at 09:11pm

Gary, thank you for sharing your kind and warm memories of my Mom.I am very appreciative of hearing from you at this time. All the best to you and your family, Rosemarie.


Posted at 03:56pm
Sandra Hurni

Dear Rosemarie and family,

With heavy hearts we send our sincere condolences for your Mom’s departure at the ripe age of 101 years. Rosemarie your Mom was a real « force de la nature « and I am so happy she lived life right to the end.

Our thoughts are with you all.
Sandie Marcel Yannick and Marc

Francoise Monarque

Dear Rosemarie,

Je viens de lire le mot concernant ta maman que vous avez écrit pour le salon funéraire.
Que c’est beau et tellement émouvant de lire sa vie qui fut si bien remplie !
Une vie exceptionnelle entourée de ses filles, gendres, petits enfants...que de magnifiques souvenirs! C’est un modèle à suivre.
Une autre étoile dans le ciel qui veillera sur vous.
Encore une fois je t’envoie mes sympathies les plus sincères, courage à toute la famille.

Françoise et Pierre xx

Eleanor Eckert

Hi Rosemarie,

My most sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. Regardless of the age it is never easy to say goodbye to our mother. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
I was able to look at the pictures that were posted online. What a beautiful family! How nice that you got to celebrate so many milestones together. You were very fortunate to have her in your lives for as long as you did. She looked amazing in the 100th birthday pictures!! Hopefully all these wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time and know that her memories will live on in the hearts of three generations!

Stay safe in this crazy time!
Kindest regards, Eleanor

Madeleine Turcotte
Dear Rosemarie,

I wish you peace, sense of relief and love in those difficult moments. May you be grateful to yourself and your family for having given your Mom all the care and the love during all recent years.
Big hugs and kisses, thinking of you,

Mado xx

Angela and Bill MacLean
Rosemarie, Jean-Yves and Family,

Rose was a loving and much loved matriarch (certainly attested to in the photos on the Armstrong website) We know she will be missed and extend our deepest sympathy to all in their grief.

Lorraine Devereau Fletcher
Dear Rosemarie,
What a remarkable life you mother had, starting in the Ukraine. She was obviously a very gifted individual with her sewing talents and incredibly hardy to live till 101years. That is a very impressive life story!! How great is it that her grandchildren got to know their grandmother and even more so, her great grandchildren. I think this is something that most people will not be able to aspire to, even in this day and age of modern medicine.
Please accept my condolences.

David and Marcey

Posted at 02:55pm
Deanna and Family.. So sorry to hear of Rose's passing. Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your cherished family matriarch.
Marcey and David Povinsky


Kristy Hottot

Posted at 11:55am
My grandma,
Strong, kind, healthy, hard-working, loves to laugh, always there when needed, loves to read, to garden, to tell stories, to walk, to travel, and sew..........

Grandma made Ukrainian food that was amazing and loved by many. Making petehay and cabbage rolls was second nature to grandma, she could never tell you how much of anything to add because she always measured it by the texture. Her famous line ‘the dough needs to be just nice’ or the onions need to be ‘just nice’ see?? Just like this she would say .. and believe it or not— I got it! And it was always perfect!

She loved to read and she portrayed that to me.. When I was a little girl, we lived with her while our house was under construction, I was at home and sick from kindergarten for months... She read me a story over and over again as per my request called ‘A Teeny Tiny Woman’ - I still have the book. It would go something like this ...... the teeny tiny woman would go to her teeny tiny house with her teeny tiny dog to get a teeny tiny blanket... this story was probably 5 mins worth of teeny tiny and grandma would read it to me without hesitation Over and over again because she just loved to see me comfortable and happy.

I used to pick rhubarb from her garden just so I could dip it in sugar to eat. I’d sit outside on her cement walkway to eat it - grandma always made sure I wasn’t sitting directly on the cement because it was too cold so she’d give me a mat to sit on with a big bowl of white sugar to dip my rhubarb in.

Grandma was a seamstress and an amazing one at that. She was well respected in the industry. To me, grandma was the BEST! She could sew ANYTHING from her own clothing to men’s suits to simply putting a button on something. Visiting her at her work ‘Murray Johnston’s’ was a norm for me for a while. She would tell me about stuff that was only between her and I. I could truly feel the love they had for her when I walked in that store simply because I felt like one of the family too.

Moving forward many years, I continued to share a great relationship with my grandmother and so did my kids - up until her final days with us. She just wanted to tell us her stories about her childhood and what it was like, cooking bread in her wood stove, how hard she worked on the farm and so forth... I was always fascinated at her amazing memory and so proud and happy to say that grandma lived her fullest up until her final days where she lay to rest peacefully - just as she wished.

Grandma - Your legacy carries on in your two beautiful daughters (my mom Deanna and my Aunt Rosemarie), as well as your grandkids and your great-grandkids. You will always be loved and never forgotten.
Love Kristy

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