Rose Zsombor

Rose Zsombor

Friday, April 25th, 1930 - Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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ZSOMBOR, Rose Rosalie

April 25, 1930 – January 9, 2020

Rose Zsombor passed away at Chinook Hospice Calgary on Thursday January 9, 2020 at the age of 89. Rose was born in St. Brieux, Saskatchewan. Still a young child, her family moved to Burnaby, British Columbia. Thereafter, in a Hungarian play, she met the love of her life, Joe Zsombor. They married on September 5, 1946 and lived in Vancouver, British Columbia. After having their first 4 children they moved to Garden Grove, California in 1955. They continued to grow their family to 7 children. After 19 years they moved back to Canada settling in Lethbridge, Alberta where Rose became manager of Scenic Heights Apartments for many years. After retirement they moved to Coaldale, Alberta. Rose lived there until shortly after Joe’s death in 1999. Always finding joy in children, she moved to Calgary to be with her youngest grandchildren as they provided relief from her sorrow of Joe’s passing. Rose soon found herself encompassed by many new friends where she lived at Dreamview Village in Riverbend, Calgary. 13 years later, Rose moved to Okotoks for a few years then back to Calgary until her passing.

Rose was a long time member and volunteer with the Hungarian Old Timers Club of Lethbridge. Through her life she also volunteered many hours with little league baseball, PTA, and the social club at Dreamview Village.

Rose loved to spend time with family and friends, she particularly enjoyed cooking and baking for others, as she hosted various events such as family dinners and card games with friends. Forever remembered for her beautiful smile (she loved to laugh) and her friendly and welcoming personality. With warmth and hospitality she treated new acquaintances as old friends, and old friends as family. Having a love for conversation and a caring compassionate soul, Rose has touched many hearts and will be missed by those fortunate enough to have known her.

With a passion for the arts Rose enjoyed dancing with her husband, singing along to her favorite songs and even a bit of acting too. Her creativity was evident in her many drawings, crafts and poems.

Having her first 3 boys play baseball, Rose quickly became a fan of the sport, however she personally chose to take up bowling. In 1978 she medaled in the Alberta Winter Games. Throughout the years she became a huge fan of watching and cheering for her grandchildren as they played different sports. Even after 7 children of her own, Rose’s love for babies and children never stopped. She was never afraid to show her silly side to get a smile or giggle.

Being surrounded by nature brought her joy. Chrysler Imperial Rose being one of her favorite scents, she was delighted by the beauty of flowers and enjoyed her time gardening and nurturing her houseplants. Also, a compassionate animal lover, a variety of pets could be found in her household throughout her lifetime. She especially considered herself a dog lover and always had a special place in her heart for her dog, Squirt. In later years she was tickled to see the animals brought in to visit at her care homes by PALS. As she aged, no matter where she resided, she enjoyed watching the squirrels, rabbits and birds from her window with sheer joy for God’s creatures.

Her children will forever remember her unwavering love for Joe and their family. With that love came an ear willing to listen, acceptance and emotional support that made her an incredible Mother. Rose is survived by her 7 children Rose (Robert) Clemensen, Larry, Andy (Diana), Frank (Kendy), Carol (James) Matthews, Patrick (Deb), Darlene (Peter)Dvorack; her grandchildren Katherine Dascomb, Jasmine and Phoenix Zsombor, Tina Djikstra and Joe Zsombor, Develin and Nicky Matthews, Amanda Beer, Kaitlyn and Ty Dvorack; sisters Margaret Horvath of Taber and Juliana Horvath of Nevada; and many great-grandchildren nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her husband, Zoltan Joseph(Joe) Zsombor; her sister, Pearl Birch; grandsons, Scott Clemensen and Glen Dascomb; and nieces Margaret Csabay and Linda Hurley.
At Rose’s request there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Alberta Lung Association ( or PALS ( .
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Julianna Horvath

Posted at 08:12pm

January was a very difficult month for me. My sister Rose passed away on my 87th birthday, and my oldest sister Margaret passed just twenty days later. Rose and I had many years of great memories together. She was only three years older , so we spent a lot more time together with mutual friends and family. When she and her husband Joe moved to California, we took my whole family for a visit. We loved it so much we moved there two years later. Our families became very close then. We entertained at each others homes, since we were only a few blocks apart and our children enjoyed playing together while we cooked meals and did things adults liked to do back then. After our children were grown, Rose and Joe moved back to Canada with some of their family. We kept in touch by mail, phone, and yearly trips up to see all three of my sisters. All of our husbands passed away, and as we got older, visits happened less often. Then one year I went up to visit everyone for an entire month. It is one of my fondest memories of all of them, because it was the last time all four of "The Boda Girls" were together.
Pearl, Rose, and I were all at Margs house eating dinner and sharing fun stories when the weather turned really bad. We decided to play cards to pass the time, so Marg brought out some goodies and away we went, talking, laughing and reminiscing as only close sisters can do. Suddenly the power went out, but that wasn't going to stop us. We were in the middle of a hot and heavy game of Canasta after all! So we lit candles and kept playing till three in the morning. The funniest thing I remember was we kept forgetting whose turn it was to deal, and the line of " It's your turn to deal!" became my catch phrase. So after that, whenever I would call one of them on the phone I would end by saying that line before I would hang up.
We lost Pearl a few years ago, and now Rose and Marg just days apart. So as I say goodbye to all three of you, I want you to know how much I love and miss you. Your loving sister Judy.... "and it's your turns to deal."

Rose Clemensen

Posted at 05:13pm

I never realized how much Mom influenced my life. She demonstrated what it meant to sacrifice, support and care for a family and home. She worked selflessly to ensure our needs were met in addition to taking time for others in need. I still envision looking at her section of the closet that measured less than 6 inches across. At the same time our family always had plenty of clean clothes to wear and never had to be ashamed of their condition. Our house was always clean and there was never a time that we went to school without a lunch or a homemade dinner, with plenty for seconds, and always fresh cookies or pastry for dessert. In addition to our large family, her table was always open to our friends who marveled at the amount of food! These things I took for granted growing up.
I remember the love her and Dad shared. From my childhood, I remember the routine of Dad coming home from work, greeting Mom with a hug and kiss and then her handing him a beer. They talked about their day and then he would wash up while she put dinner on the table. Since Dad’s passing, Mom never failed to mention how much she missed Dad.
Mom never got a driver’s license so when I was growing up I never got do some of the things my friends did with their Moms. My most special time with Mom was in 2007 when she came to visit. I took her on a road trip and drove to San Jose, CA. We spent the night in Cambria, one of my favorite towns, and I took her to my special viewpoint at Moonstone Beach. In San Jose we stayed with long time family friends and while there took her to San Francisco for lunch. Mom had never traveled much so she was very excited to see Alcatraz and experience Pier 39 for the first time.
We lost our son, Scott, in 2000. Mom was very grieved by our sudden loss. To make this trip even more special, I took Mom to meet Scott’s son, Jack, age 7 at the time, and to meet the family that adopted him. Mom was very pleased to learn of the similarities between our family and Jack’s mom’s family. I will always cherish that special trip with Mom. Through the years, she continued to enjoy updates and see pictures of Jack, now 20 years old.
I am so thankful to Mom for the examples she set by “stepping to the plate” to do what needed to be done. Adopting that attribute helped me repeatedly in both my personal life and professional career. Following my divorce, I am forever grateful for the help she lovingly provided in caring for Kathy while I worked . Special grandparent memories are still cherished by my daughter, over 45 years later. Mom never considered it a sacrifice to do extra for family members or others, while sometimes cutting herself a little short of funds, sleep or both!
When Dad’s health challenges began in 1995, I made sure I visited my parents at least once a year. Over the past several years, I increased my calls to Mom to more than once a week. She always ended our call by thanking me for calling and ending with “I love you.” However, in the past year she would end our calls by saying, “Never forget, I love you.” I will never forget Mom and will always keep you close to my heart until we are together again. God bless you! Love, Rose
Anaheim, California.


Julie Wight

Posted at 05:19pm
Julie Wight
I spent a lot of my childhood with Auntie Rose and her family. As others have said, I always remember her as being happy and laughing. We had many family meals together at her house and ours. As a child I remember thinking she made the best mashed potatoes in the world. I called them creamy dreamy, and of course she would laugh at me, but I know it made her smile inside. When the family moved to their new house, they got a dachshund named Barney. When I came to visit, she would tell me funny stories about the silly things that Barney would do just to make me laugh. I will always have loving memories of my Auntie Rose.

Chelsey Zemlak

Posted at 04:16pm
I had the privilege of meeting Rose at the Foothills Hospital. I could tell right away how special she was. She was strong, beautiful and had the most amazing smile. Her smile would warm your heart and light up the room. I am thankful I had the chance to meet her and her family. You could see and feel the love shared between them. Though my time spend with her was short, I truly believe she came into my life for a reason. Sending her family my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Carmen Cook

Posted at 04:07pm
Rose is one of those people that you never forget. She was a wonderful, loving person who was generous with her heart. She will always be remembered by us with love and a smile. I met Rose when I was a young teenager and then when Bill and I married, it wasn’t long before we made our way to Scenic Heights apartments. Rose always said she was so happy we were there and always took time to visit. She gave great hugs! She always really cared and made you feel like one of her own. She will be missed by all who knew her. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Bill & Carmen Cook.

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