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SHAW, Rosa (nee Ziolkowski)

June 24, 1930 – November 13, 2011

With overwhelming sadness, the husband and children of Rosa inform you of her death from her third battle with cancer since December 2003.

She is survived by Ernie, her cherishing husband; two daughters, Dr. Diane Shaw and Gina Moore (Dan, grandchildren Thomas and Maria); son John (Sandra); grandchildren Ian & Mallory Shaw of Boca Raton, Fl; sisters Ida Clermont of Coaldale, AB and Lottie Sacco (Russell) of Portland, Or; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by baby daughter Maria on January 12, 1963 and eldest son Dr. Kevin Shaw on January 17, 2011; and by her parents.

Rosa was born in Regina, first of three daughters to Margaret & Leonard Ziolkowski. She grew up in Fort Qu’appelle and Weyburn, SK. With her infectious charm, vivacity, intelligence and downright goodness, she made countless friends everywhere she has lived.

After matriculating from Weyburn Collegiate at the top of her class, she won her BA in Social Sciences and Language from the University of Manitoba at Brandon College, where she met her future husband Ernie, a farm boy from Cardale,Mb. After an exciting, loving and hectic 4-year courtship, they were married at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Weyburn on August 1,1953.

Rosa had a professional career as a social worker with the Sask. Social Services dept. from 1951-1954, when she switched to motherhood and super homemaking. In support of Ernie’s career with Imperial Oil Ltd, she built loving family and social circles in Vulcan, Ab, Edmonton, Calgary, Tulsa,Ok, Dartmouth, NS, and Edmonton & Calgary (again.)

A very devout spiritual person, she took pride in her active membership in the Catholic Women’s League since 1950, carrying out working & leadership roles in parishes and communities. She will be forever appreciated as a role model to her children and her community.
Ernie and his family extend their profound gratitude to the angels of Home Care & We Care whose incredible help allowed Rosa to spend the last 5 months of her life in the loving embrace of her own home.

Vigil prayer service and tributes will be held at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Rupert MacLellan. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Rosa Shaw, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Glen & Yvette Loffree :

    Dear Ernie: We were saddened to learn of Rosa’s death and offer you and your family our most sincere condolences. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    May your faith in God and the many happy memories of your life with Rosa be a source of strength in the times ahead.

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  2. Gladys Simpson (Coutts) :

    Ernie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. please accept my heartfelt condolences. Shirley Miller had told me that Rosa was battling that terrible disease.

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  3. Megan and Bill Darling :

    Gina and family,
    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    I was sad at this news Gina but enjoyed reading about your mom’s beautiful life.
    May God give you strength for your time of mourning.
    Megan and Bill

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  4. Don and Linda Harrison :

    Dear Ernie,
    Linda and I offer you and your family our most heartfelt condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Very sorry to see that Rosa has passed away, please accept our condolences.

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  6. John and Marie Lentsch :

    Dear Ernie and Family,

    Our deepest regrets to you on Rosa’s passing.

    We have such fond memories of her during our years together in St. Gerard’s Choir – her smile, sense of humor, kindness and that lovely alto voice.

    She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

    John and Marie Lentsch

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  7. Ann and Keith Lamb :

    Dear Ernie and family;
    We are so sorry to hear of Rosa’s death, far too soon. We will always remember Rosa for her devout spirit and her lively personality. We will add her to our prayer list.
    Be consoled by the many happy years you enjoyed together and the good that Rosa did in her life.
    Ann and Keith Lamb.

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