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.Print This Obituary & Condolences