Rosemarie (Rose) Elisabeth Gonsky
1943 – 2014
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Rose Gonsky at Kootenay Lake Hospital on February 14th, 2014 at the age of 70.
Rose was born on July 28th, 1943 in Oliver, BC to parents Albert and Ingrid Schaefer. Rose was the 2nd youngest born to a family of five children. Rose met and then married the love of her life, Bill Gonsky, on October 11, 1963.
Rose and Bill settled in Westbridge, BC where they raised their two children, Mike and Deanne. Rose was committed to her family and devoted her time and efforts to her four wonderful grandchildren. Rose was also a dedicated member of her community and did not hesitate to volunteer her time when called upon. She remained a valued member of both the Westbridge and Robson communities throughout her life.
Rose will be forever remembered by her adored children: Mike (Renae) of Westbridge and Deanne (Troy) of Robson, her four grandchildren Courtenay and Taylor Gonsky of Kelowna and Garret and Kelsey Patterson of Robson. Three siblings, Margaret Jensen of Osoyoos, Inga (Art) Goerzen of Kelowna, Karl (Maryann) Schaefer of Ladner as well as numerous extended family and friends.
Rose was predeceased by her loyal husband of 33 years, William Gonsky, on November, 17th, 1996 as well as her brother Alvin Schaefer and both of her parents.
At Rose’s request no public service will be held at this time. There will be a Celebration of Life held in late spring, details to follow.
As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 9Z9 are greatly appreciated.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction
of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.