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— November 21, 2018

The family of Rose Bilinski (Zeleznik) sadly announces her passing at the age of 88 in the Kelowna General Hospital on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Rose was born on June 8, 1930 in Bentley, Alberta to Michael and Katerina Misutka.  Her brother Victor was born in 1929 and her younger brother George in 1942.  She so loved growing up on the Prairies.  In 1944 the family moved to Fauquier, BC for 1 year before moving to Salmon Arm, BC where George Blackburn,Rose’s foster brother, came to live with them.  Rose married Joe Zeleznik on September 1, 1947 in Nakusp, BC and they resided on the Brouse Loop on their family farm.  Rose and Joe had 4 children: Phyllis, Flori, Tom and James.  In 1950, her cousin Steve Misutka came from Slovakia to live with them.  Rose worked very hard to support her family, was involved in the Catholic Church CWL and enjoyed playing baseball.  Joe was killed in an accident on July 10, 1967 leaving Rose to raise their 4 children alone at the age of 37.  On October 16, 1971, Rose married Mike Bilinski and resided in his home in Fauquier, BC with her two sons and his five children.  Rose and Mike both led busy working lives, and Rose also helped out at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  They enjoyed fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, mushroom picking and camping.  Rose organized many family reunions and she so loved her gardens.  We all remember what an awesome cook she was – especially “grandma’s buns.”  Rose and Mike travelled to Slovakia and the Ukraine, Alaska and Mexico.  They moved to the Ironwood complex in Vernon, BC in 2006 and enjoyed playing cards, the casino and attending the Catholic Church in Coldstream.  Mike passed away May 30, 2015. In February 2016, Rose moved to the Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna.  Shortly afterwards, she developed significant heart issues but continued to play crib, go on outings and so loved to have her family around her.


She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Katerina Misutka; her husbands, Joe Zeleznik and Mike Bilinski; brother Victor Misutka; cousin Steve Misutka; stepdaughter Karen Watson; and her step-grandson Michael Bilinski.

Rose is survived by her brothers George Misutka (Jean) and George Blackburn (Ellen); sister-in-law Joan Misutka; cousin-in-law Marilyn Misutka; sister-in-law Leona Bilinski; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins in Slovakia.  She will be deeply missed by her four children: Phyllis (Barry) Anderson, Flori (Robin) Valentine, Tom (Patti) Zeleznik and James (Sandy) Zeleznik; stepchildren: Dave (Lorraine) Bilinski, Gordon (Jasmine) Bilinski, Steve Bilinski, Russell (Kathy) Bilinski, and Dick Watson; 29 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Kelowna. A private family interment will be held at the Nakusp Catholic Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life will be held on her birthday, June 8, 2019, in Nakusp.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in memory of Rose may do so to a charity of personal choice.

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Celebration of Life will be held on Rose's birthday, June 8, 2019, in Nakusp.

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Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in memory of Rose may do so to a charity of personal choice.


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The service for BILINSKI, Rose is scheduled for Celebration of Life will be held on Rose's birthday, June 8, 2019, in Nakusp.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Danuta Misutka says:

    Our hearts go out to all of you for your loss. Mark, Julia and Danuta Misutka.♥️💐

  • Lorne & Jackie Doyle says:

    A wonderful, caring lady who I had the pleasure to deal with over the years…..kind, sweet, soft spoken and a real lovely person………..she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Bill and Connie Larson says:

    Very sorry Jamie (and family) to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a lovely lady and it was a privilege to meet her. We know you will miss her greatly, but in time will appreciate how long you were able to have her in your life. May she Rest In Peace and glory. Extending our condolences across the miles. Take care. Bill and Connie

  • Dianne Melnyk Kottke says:

    Thinking of you at this time, and sorry for your loss. Our condolences on behalf of our family; My mom, Frances Belyk Melnyk (Mary Belyk Belinsky’s sister). We enjoyed meeting Rose in Winnipeg with Mike, and my parents enjoyed their visit to our farm in Alberta.

  • Bernice Rutski says:

    Our condolences for the families of Rose and Mike Bilinski on the passing on mother Rose Belinski,
    In loving memory, Bernice Rutski and family

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