ROZELUK, Dorothy

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Dorothy Frances Rozeluk passed away June 3, 2015, at the age of 84 af­ter a three-year coura­geous life with can­cer. She faced her chal­lenge as she lived; head on, with grace, tenac­ity and faith.

She grew up in a vi­brant Whit­ney Pier in Cape Bre­ton. Leav­ing school to help sup­port her fam­ily, she never lost her love of learn­ing. Work­ing at Wool­worth’s and then for decades at the Royal Bank, she com­pleted her high school, her bank­ing diplo­mas and her BBA; all while work­ing full time, rais­ing two daugh­ters, help­ing those in need and work­ing to help out in Rozeluk’s Gro­cery, the fam­ily busi­ness. She com­pleted her bank­ing ca­reer in loans and tells sto­ries of giv­ing loans to those who needed them, but whose only col­lat­eral was their prom­ise to Dorothy not to de­fault. Hand­ing over the loan pa­pers to her boss Mom would say “This one is from the heart.” No one ever de­faulted on their loan. That was mom, al­ways the first and last to help, and al­ways the first to cook, bake and nour­ish the masses!

She was an in­cred­i­ble artist, singer, a de­vout Catholic — a mem­ber of Our Lady of Fa­tima and St. Mary’s Pol­ish Church Choirs and CWL and re­cently St An­thony’s parish in Ber­wick.

Mov­ing to Ber­wick, dur­ing her ill­ness, meant selling her home and leav­ing pre­cious Cape Bre­ton. Although dif­fi­cult, she touched a whole new group of peo­ple in the An­napo­lis Val­ley. They too would ex­pe­ri­ence the Love, Joy and Magic that is Dorothy.

She will be wel­comed in heaven by: her beloved hus­band Michael, her mama and papa, Jo­hanna ‘Anna’ (Piskorz) and Michael Ardelli and her 11 broth­ers and sis­ters, Zyg­mond, Peter, Min­nie, Ann, Vic­tor, Mary, Ag­gie, Elsie, Mike, John and Char­lie and many friends and fam­ily.

Those who re­main her daugh­ters Alexis (Grant), hus­band Danny, grand­kids, Danielle and Charles and Jane (Rozeluk-Gagnon), hus­band Dar­rel Gagnon, grand­kids, Glen and Anna, and all those who con­sid­ered her mother, grandma, fam­ily and friend, will strive to con­tinue her legacy of strength of char­ac­ter, love, kind­ness and fam­ily. Mom al­ways said. “Prom­ise me you will keep your fam­ily con­nec­tions!” “We Prom­ise!”

Many, many thanks to those who cared for mom and us: The Cape Bre­ton Pal­lia­tive team, Dr. Rit­ter, Jackie, Adele, Lau­rie and Theresa, Dr. Kho­dadad and all the mem­bers of the Can­cer Cen­ter at CB Re­gional. The Val­ley Pal­lia­tive Care team: Dr Burgess, Dr Birch, Jackie and Ka­t­rina. To the many mem­bers of the home VON Team. To Dr Ago & the staff at the Can­cer Cen­ter at the VG, and to Nurse An­nie for your care. To Dr. Gena Dick­son and Dr. Brian MacIn­nis for your lov­ing, sup­port­ive and dig­ni­fied care of our mom and us. To the Val­ley Re­gional Med­i­cal B staff: for your care, com­pas­sion and dig­nity. To dear­est Chelsea for your lov­ing, dig­ni­fied and pre­cious care you gave to mom and us!

To our fam­ily and friends who helped and sup­ported mom and us, thank-you and God bless you!

May an­gel’s wings carry you home dear­est mama! You were the best mother! You live on in each of us. We will try to re­mem­ber this: “Do not cry be­cause it is over; Smile be­cause it hap­pened.”

No wake will be held, as per Dorothy’s wishes. A fu­neral mass will be cel­e­brated at 11 a.m. on Fri­day, July 31, in Our Lady of Fa­tima Church with Rev. Duaine Dev­ereaux of­fi­ci­at­ing. Re­cep­tion to fol­low in Church hall. In­ter­ment at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, Syd­ney Forks.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to the St. Mary’s Pol­ish Church re­build fund at stmaryspol­ or a char­ity of your choice.

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