Matilda Dubrack
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Matilda Dubrack

December 18, 1909 - October 02, 2005

Matilda Dubrack

December 18, 1909 - October 02, 2005


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Obituary for Matilda Dubrack

Matilda Dubrack was born in the small farming village of Budak in the province of Lika Croatia, December 18, 1909. At age 18, travelling alone and speaking no English, she left her home to join her brother and sister in Canada. She immigrated through Pier 21, Port of Halifax, then boarded the CN train and began her new life in Vancouver, BC. She met and a year later married her first husband, Anton Karpan. After a brief residence in Copper Mountain and Princeton, BC, they headed eastward to Flin Flon, which she has called home for the past 73 years. Tragically in 1934, Anton was killed in an open pit mining accident. Ever resourceful, as a single mother, she supported her two children, Amanda and John, by operating a boarding house. In 1937 she married Mata Dubrack and had another child, Mary. In 1979 she lost her beloved Mata. She faced the sorrows of life with such grace and courage. She had inner strength, but above all it was her deep, unwavering faith that saw her through life"s challenges. She was a devoted Mom, Grandma and Baba. Each of her family were special to her. She truly was a great matriarch. She never forgot to phone us when she missed hearing how we were doing. She made every effort to be with us at all the special times in our lives and was always there to support us. The loss of her son John in 2004 was her most difficult challenge. But again her strong faith sustained her. Grandma/Baba was a super cook. Who could say no to a "nice ham sandwich", her cabbage rolls, perogies, homemade noodles and apple strudel. She kept busy doing beautiful crochet and knitting for all her family and friends. What lovely keepsakes and memories we will have. Grandma/Baba was active in the CWL. All the banquets and bazaars they prepared forged great friendships. Mom also had a second family of children whose friendships she treasured. Our special thanks to Rita and Bob Fortier, John Zoretich, Ethel and the late Bud Killick, George and Sheila Danko. She was blessed with all your caring ways. Our family will be forever indebted to all of you for your care and support and especially all the love you showered her with. She always felt safe knowing you were there and we in turn knew loving hands would always keep her safe. Grandma/Baba would ask only one thing of all of us. Love and help one another and always to keep our family ties strong. For it is through those ties that future generations will always know their roots. Matilda passed away peacefully Sunday, October 2, 2005 at the Flin Flon General Hospital, age 95, family by her side. Matilda is survived by her daughters Amanda Parry and Mary Dubrack; daughter-in-law Betty Karpan; grandchildren Raymond (Cara Lee), Donna (Harold Dick), Heather; Vaughn (Marjorie), Cynthia, Stephanie (Russell Paddock), Tim (Candiena); great grandchildren Dana (Brandon), Justin, Nicholas, William, Milana, Max, Hannah and Blake; niece Katie Shalz; great nephew Luka (Anne) Bozic and numerous relatives. Matilda is predeceased by her husband Mata Dubrack, son John Karpan, parents Mile and Mande, sister Antonia and brother Luka. Father Denis Bourbonnais celebrated the Funeral Mass and services at 11 am., October 6, 2005 from St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church. Active pallbearers were Raymond Parry, Vaughn Karpan, Tim Karpan, Luka Bozic, Harold Dick, and Russell Paddock. Memorial register attendant was Mrs. Anne Warren. Music was provided by Mark and Crystal Kolt. The eulogy was delivered by Matilda's grandsons Raymond Parry and Vaughn Karpan. Following interment at Hillside Cemetery, a lunch was served by the Catholic Women's League. Draga Mama, nekati bude laka crna zemlja u kojoj pocivate. (Dear Mama, may you find peace in your place of rest.) It is difficult to put into words our deep appreciation for the many acts of kindness extended to us during our recent loss. To family and friends who provided support, sent cards, flowers, mass cards and brought food; to Father Denis for the lovely mass; to the CWL for providing the honour guard and lunch; to Darren, Dana and Bayley for your guidance, assistance and kindness. A thank you seems so insufficient. We trust you will appreciate its sincerity. The Parry, Karpan and Dubrack families

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