Mrs. Rose Shupena of the Yorkton District Nursing Home, widow of the late Ernest Shupena, passed away on Saturday, January 11th 2020 at the age of 84 years. The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, January 17th at 11:00a.m. at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Memorials in Rose' name may be made to the Salvation Army as tokens of remembrance.
Rose Shupena was born into this world December 16, 1935, in the small community of Dniepper Saskatchewan. She was one of nine children born to Lena Yachyshyn (nee Chomyshen).
Rose is predeceased by her husband Ernest, mother Lena, sisters Annie, Lorraine, and Verna, brothers Alex and Andy.
She leaves to celebrate her life, son Raymond, Richard (Evelyne), Jeffrey (Kathy), and Douglas (Krista), along with 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, her sisters Mary (Ted) and Irene, and brother Stan (Sylvia).
Rose met her loving husband Ernest thru her sister Verna, and after a short time they were married on February 1, 1953, in a snow storm in Verigin, Saskatchewan, and spent over 65 years together. Together they thrived and had four boys. They started their life together in Kamsack, then on to Melville, Winnipeg, Ste. Agathe, Abbotsford, and then back to Yorkton.
Rose was a kind, loving, generous, and loyal woman and mother. Rose loved her family and all she met. When the boys were growing up she taught them all the skills they would require to be on their own. From her modest beginnings she learned the skills needed to be a great cook. While the boys were still at home and in their teen years it was not unusual for mom to have to feed an extra two to four friends of the boys and never thought anything of it. It was like it was meant to be. It got to the point that one of the friend's dad came over wondering where his son was spending so many meals. He was never home for supper. That was the way it was in the Shupena household. Mom enjoyed all the activity and the friendships her boys had. There was always room for another.
Rose was determined that her boys would learn to dance and enrolled them in tap dance classes, which did not go over well with the boys, but persistent she was, as her Ernie couldn't dance. The boys also had great teachers at country weddings in those days with their mom and their many aunts. Great times were had on a dance floor, between the butterflies, the polkas and the waltzes. Rose also tried to get her boys involved in music, but unfortunately their musical skills were not very fruitful, as for some reason they were all tone deaf.
Mom always remembered with a sense of pride her days at the bowling alley on Osborne Street in Winnipeg. She really enjoyed to get out and bowl. She often talked about it. Mom also experienced a short time where she was a cook at a local restaurant on Osborne. And although it was short she enjoyed getting out and being with people.
Mom was a great gardener. Always creating huge gardens for canning and freezing, which provided the great food she would cook for her family and friends. There were times when the gardens would be acres in size, between the vegetable garden, the raspberry and the strawberry portions. At one point honey production was added to the mix and she always managed to get the extracting done, the pails filled and the equipment cleaned. With irrigation from the Red River, mom had a great business selling raspberries and strawberries and honey to local and not so local customers for years. Rose always loved the company and the feeling of being generous and productive, and always smiling no matter how long the hours and hard the work. She kept busy from dawn to dusk. It was always a pleasure to work with mom and the work never seemed to be a chore.
Mom was the glue that kept the family together. She was sensible, and would calm all internal strife. To her boys she was everything. No matter the situation she found a way to accept the strengths and weaknesses of all. The boys always knew they could count on their mother, and she knew she could count on the boys. She took great pride in her family no matter the circumstance. When the boys were teenagers and young adults the house would always be filled with family and friends playing cards and having great times. Mom was always special and everyone loved her.
Christmas was never the same when mom got to the point where she could no longer create it. For years upon years everyone looked forward to mom's feasts on Christmas. The food always amazing. And it didn't matter the numbers of people. The house would be full and all were fed. It was just amazing and then some years even better.
Let us not forget Rose's flower gardens. Her best flower gardens were in her later years, starting in Abottsford and ending in Yorkton. Rose and Ernie loved their flowers.
In her later years mom and dad would play cards with friends and family, and travel to the west coast and to Manitoba to see them all and often.
Rose lived a long and good life. She had good friends and a good family who all loved her and will miss her dearly.