Obituary of Rose Loraine HEIDUK

December 14, 1933 - McKim, Saskatchewan
January 17, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness the family of Rose Heiduk of Calgary, AB (formerly Yorkton, SK), announce her passing. Rose a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 87.

Rose, youngest of seven children was born on the family homestead in 1933 to Hungarian immigrants Laura (nee Varga) and Valentine Bella.  She was raised on the family farm located in the district of McKim, northeast of Melville, SK and went to the local one room schoolhouse.  Rose tended to daily chores on the farm and helped to provide for the family.  She was fond of her ponies and often spoke of riding them around the district.

Between 1949 and 1950, Rose was hired by a local family whose widowed mother had taken ill. Rose became fond of one of the boys, Edward (Ed) Heiduk and they would fall in love.  Rose and Ed were married in June of 1953.  The couple constructed a small cottage and settled on the Heiduk homestead located in the district of Brewer, SK.  Rose and Ed would eventually leave the farm and move to follow Ed’s new career as an elevator agent. They would relocate to numerous communities around Saskatchewan, eventually settling in Yorkton, SK.  Along the journey they made many lifelong friends.  During their sixty-four years together Rose and Ed would welcome four children to the family, David, Debra, Sandra and Robert.

Rose was a genuine provider and always put her family and friends before anything else.  When she did make time for herself, she could often be found tending to her large vegetable and flower garden, baking breads and delicious goodies, sewing, crocheting intricate doilies and knitting. She enjoyed being outdoors, particularly fishing, camping and picking Saskatoons. Rose and Ed loved to take drives to sightsee around the countryside, often dropping in to visit with family and friends.

Rose would start her official working career as a waitress in Southey, SK and would continue working in various restaurants and cafeterias afterwards. The highlight of her career was a small locally owned sandwich shop in Yorkton where she could make her favorite home cooked goodies.

Rose took great pride in her family and adored them immensely. She loved having all of her family together and would cook fantastic meals making sure everyone’s plate was always full.  She loved making trips to visit and spoil her grandchildren. She was able to do this more frequently after Ed retired in 1988.  Rose was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her son David (Sylvia) Heiduk, daughter Debra (William) Becker, son Robert (Sheri) Heiduk; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Rose is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Art and Shirley (Goebel); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Rose was predeceased by her husband of sixty-four years, Edward, daughter Sandra Arthurs; parents and siblings, Mary (Nagy), Elizabeth (Lutz), Ernest, Joseph, Leslie and Frank. 

Funeral Services will be held on a future date in Yorkton, SK.  A private committal will follow at Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Rose’s name to a charity of choice.

In living memory of Rose Heiduk, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB T4B 3L8, Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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