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FRANKS, Rose Victoria (nee Ronak)

December 1, 1929 – Calgary, Alberta
August 14, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Our beautiful, sweet Rose, incredible mother, wife of 64 years and grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, August 14 at the age of 88 years. She died peacefully at her home, the Colonel Belcher, surrounded by love.

Rose (Rosina) was the youngest child of William and Jennie Ronak, immigrant farmers from Poland and the Ukraine. She was the youngest of 5 children, born into the Depression era in the little “town” of Forest Lawn in 1929. From the moment she was born, Rose was the epitome of love and kindness with a joy for life. When she met Tom Franks on a Saturday night in 1953, they fell madly in love across the dance floor and were then married on September 25, 1954. Three spirited children soon followed, Terri, Alan, and Brian. They became a tight and loving family who loved to camp, hike, travel, and spend summers at their favourite lake in Idaho. Rose’s primary ambition was to make her home a special and beautiful place for her family. She prided herself on a simple, elegant garden full of birds and cozy spots to sit. Her dogs Patches and Muffet were always at her side. With great joy, Rose honoured her families’ and friends’ birthdays with special dinners and cakes, prepared weeks in advance. Giving of her self was inherent in everything she did. As Tom and Rose became empty-nesters, snow-birding to Hawaii, California, and Arizona became their passion. They loved to golf and connect with their many friends on their journeys, returning with stories, journals and photos that Rose loved to share and preserve. Winters were also enjoyed on x-country ski trails mainly in the Kananaskis and curling at the Calgary Winter Club. Rose’s faith in the Catholic Church was always strong and she was an active member of the CWL in both St. Pius and St. Luke’s Parishes.

Rose’s greatest joy was being a grandmother to her four beautiful grandchildren: Daniel, Emily, Keegan and Maryn. They would come for sleep-overs and be given endless pampering from Grandma Rose. As they have grown, they have continued to be a source of joy and pride for Rose. In addition to her loving husband and children, Rose is survived by numerous relatives and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Rose was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 80 and throughout her stoic and courageous battle, her sparkling blue eyes and beautiful smile never faltered. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of both Bow-Crest and the Colonel Belcher Care Centres for the compassion and care given to Rose over the past four years.

In honour of Rose, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (1566 Northmount Drive N.W., corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00AM. Reception following at the church hall.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, #120, 6835 Railway St SE Calgary T2H 2V6, www.parkinsonalberta.ca.

In living memory of Rose Franks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Tom, Terri, Alan and Brian,
    I have a lifetime of memories of Rose and your tribute to her is exactly what I remember. I loved coming to your house growing up and remember so many wonderful dinners. I was always struck by how lovely everything was. Of course, I was also privy to the ‘spirited’ nature of you siblings! What would childhood be without scissor fights, construction sites and short, fat little dogs. Your Mom invested so much of herself in your family and her friends and always made me feel welcome and at home. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you and I know her shining light will always be with you.
    With love,
    Pat Letizia

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  2. John Petryshen, CEO :

    Parkinson Association of Alberta express their condolences on your loss.

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  3. Judith Waldron :

    Terri and Family,
    I am so sorry to see the news that your mother, Rose, has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember your support as we looked after our parents at the Colonel Belcher. Blessings always.
    Judy Waldron, Jerry’s daughter

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  4. TO: TOM
    So very sorry to read about dear Rose. I know you will miss her. However, she is
    probably in a better place free of pain and suffering. Remember all the good years and all the wonderful holidays in Hawaii. Hope you are well. Enjoy your kids and grand kids. “May your parting be temporary and your meeting eternal.”

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  5. To: TOM and family
    So very sorry to read of Rose’s passing. I remember her as cheery and full of life.
    Remember all your good times and all those wonderful holidays in Hawaii. Enjoy
    your kids and grand kids. “May your parting be temporary and your togetherness
    eternal.”

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  6. Pamela & Mark Bowman :

    Dear Terri & family,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. Although we never met her, it’s obvious she was a remarkable lady and an incredible Mom as she raised you Terri to become the kind and caring person you are. Remember, her legacy lives on through you. May your beautiful memories of her bring you comfort at this difficult time.

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  7. Dear Tom and family
    I am sorry to hear of your loss of a loved one.
    May your beautiful memories of Rose bring you comfort thru your grieving period.

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  8. Donald A Engle :

    Tom and Family
    Please accept Nola and my sincere condolences on your loss. We have many memories of our visits and how nice you both were to us.

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  9. Glenn Longacre, Nephew :

    It feels like a lifetime ago when I was babysitting Teri and Alan and Brian and auntie Rose always had everything under control, which seemed like the antithesis of her siblings, Mary, my mother the human spark plug, John, bigger than life personality, Bill, always in a hurry, and Ann, the worrywart. The house was always in perfect sparkling order and she was so full of life. From my perspective she seemed like she was always planning the next outing. When grandpa Ronak used to dress up as Santa at Christmas time and scare all of us, Rosie always took great delight in all of that. Never was there a more loving person than Auntie Rose. I was so very grateful to get to see her once again last year in Calgary. Even through her illness she recognized me and it was sufficient to just hug her. Al, Terri and Brian, my sweet cousins, she was so proud of you and the way you all turned out, and you are left with a grand tradition and a wonderful upbringing. Uncle Tom, my heart goes out to you and I trust that you cherish the fantastic life you had with Rosie. God has truly blessed this wonderful family.

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  10. Tracy Schaeffler :

    Brian,
    So very sad to hear of your mom’s passing – please know I am keeping a good thought for your family.

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  11. Jane (Barnett) Easton :

    Hello Terri and family. I want to extend my sympathy in the loss of your mom. In reading her obituary, one can see she was a lovely woman. She must have been, as she raised you. It has been many years since we (Terri) visited, but I always think of you as one of the kindest and most gentle people I know. I am sure a lot of that came from your mom in how she raised you and how she treated others. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.

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  12. Joanne worobec :

    Allen and family
    My condolences on the passing of your mother
    May the remberence of your mother be of comfort, and the times you were able to be with her as Rose needed your comfort

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  13. So sorry to hear of your terrible loss Tom. Peggy and I had so many fond memories of meeting Rose and you on so many various occasions. She will surely be missed.

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  14. Gary Holmberg :

    Terri and family:
    I have not known your mother for long but I have a memory that I want to share. I told her that after attending an opera with Terri and Jackie Walsh, I came to realize that I wished that I was single again. When I finished the story, your mom reacted with a smile and a laugh. It brought her pleasure to think that someone would love Terri that much that quickly. She smiled from ear to ear. It all happened only a few months ago. She was a strong caring woman who loved her children so very much. I know that she will be missed. My mom passed twenty four years ago and I think about her every day. I believe that you will be reminded of your mom daily, too!

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  15. Susan (Drackett) Tumback :

    Tom, Brian, Alan and Terri,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved wife and mother. Although it has been over 30 years since I last saw her (at a Suncor employee event) I still remember her as a kind and lovely person. May the wonderful memories of your lives together bring you peace and comfort though the rest of your lives. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Susan

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  16. Dee (Kruper) Sproule :

    Dearest Tom, Terri, Alan and Brian,
    Please accept the sympathy of all our family in the loss of your beautiful, loving wife and mom. Our families “grew up” together in the new parish of St. Luke and our proximity to one another’s homes and we made memories together through the closeness of our parents.. When we couldn’t find Kenny (as your Mom always called him!), yours was the first phone number we called! How delightful was the constant laughter we shared whenever Terri was in our house – as Karen entertained us, all. And, what a pleasure it was for me to have the time I did with Brian – as I babysat one of the easiest, most polite, cutest little boys ever! Rose and I shared a special bond through those times. Many of my family’s favorite recipes have your Mom’s name in the corner of the recipe card! Your Mom will be royally welcomed into heaven by Steve and Lou, as she always made all of us feel so welcome! We are deeply saddened by your loss, but be assured of our continued thoughts and prayers for all of you! with all our love, Dee & Bob, Karen and Ken & Cheryl

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  17. Brenda Givens (Pearson) :

    Dear Tom, Terri, Alan and Brian,
    Rose’s beautiful smile and kind, gentle heart are what we will remember always. We will honour her wonderful life with a prayer.
    With sincere love,
    Beverly, Don, Rob, Pam and Brenda.

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