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Monica Louise Romanowich, nee Kosior
At the age of 84, Monica passed away in Oxbow, SK, Sunday, November 14, 2021.
Monica was predeceased by her loving husband, Mike (1996); parents, Frank and Mary Kosior; sisters, Vi O’Byrne and Vera Brown; also brothers, Jack, Sim, and Val Kosior.
Monica is survived by her brother, Leo Kosior, and her life- long friend and travel partner, Jean Coulter; she is also survived by her five children: Rose Romanowich, Bernadette Romanowich; granddaughter, Renise and Steve Poll and their three children, (Isaac, Orsen, and Priya); grandson, Mitchell and Jenna Kosior and their sons, (Beckett and Kolson); grandson, Mark and Ashley Kosior and their sons, (Carter, Parker, and Archer); grandson, Spencer and Jayd Kosior; son, Larry (Susan) Romanowich and their seven children: Katrina, Victor, Yuri, Mikyle, Alexander, Sasha, and Ivan; son, Michael (Dawn) Romanowich and son, Robert Romanowich (Susanne Mack); also numerous nieces and nephews.
Monica was born in Regina on January 2, 1937, the second youngest of seven children. She grew up on the family farm near Fillmore Saskatchewan.
Monica’s two principles were her faith and her family. She was very proud of her family.
In September 1954, at the beginning of her grade 12 year, Monica spent six weeks in Europe on a Marian pilgrimage. She visited many important shrines including Lourdes and Fatima. The group was in Rome to commemorate the Church’s first ever Marian Year. This set the foundation for Monica’s lifelong devotion to Our Lady and to the Rosary.
For nearly seventy years she played the organ in every parish she attended. In 1996 after her husband Mike died, she enrolled in the Lay Ministries program for the Archdiocese of Regina. She spent a weekend a month over three years deepening her faith and was commissioned by Archbishop Peter Mallon. Monica was an active member of Parish Council at St. Joseph’s parish, Oxbow.
Monica attended U of Ottawa courses at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in 1955-56. She took up a teaching position at a one room school.
She married Mike Romanowich July 3, 1957 and they moved first to Winnipeg and then for a short time to Erickson MB. They moved back to Winnipeg where in 1958 they opened a brand new BA service station: Birchwood BA. She supported Mike in their business endeavours. They purchased a hotel in Crystal City MB where the family spent three years, eighteen months of that in the hotel business. On August 1, 1973 the family moved to Oxbow, SK. and established Mike’s Service. Monica was book keeper in all these enterprises and retired at the age of 73.
Monica was an accomplished home maker and the family appreciated her perogies, cabbage rolls, borscht, Halloween pizza, as well as the good memories associated with gathering around the family table.
Monica and her friend Jean travelled to warm destinations over the years and they kept in touch in between. They were good for each other.
She enjoyed gardening, and each year produced spectacular gladiolas, roses and a large vegetable garden which she both shared and preserved.
Monica’s creativity often came via her sewing machine. She made many, many clothes for her family. In the eighties and nineties she turned to also making Halloween costumes for her grandchildren and also to sell. She started attending local craft sales with her textile creation. These grace our homes today.
From December 30, 2016 to January 3, 2017 the entire family gathered for Mom’s 80th birthday. This was in Winnipeg where her five children were born. It was a lovely reunion and one of Monica’s life highlights.
The Funeral Mass for Monica took place on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Oxbow, SK with Rev. Vince Borre presiding. Interment followed at the Oxbow Cemetery, Oxbow, SK.
Donations in memory of Monica may be forwarded to the Bow Valley Villa, Box 207, Oxbow, SK. SOC 2BO.
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