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Stella Rose Swiddle

Stella Rose Swiddle (Piaskoski)

Saturday, March 4th, 1922 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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SWIDDLE, Stella Rose (nee Piaskoski)
With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Rose, on Saturday 27 June, 2020. She was 98 years old.
Rose’s parents, Karol and Mary Piaskoski, were Polish immigrants. Rose was born in Sudbury in 1922, and raised in Worthington, until the mine collapsed, when the family moved to Levack and began the Levack Dairy. For over 40 years, until 1975, Rose worked full-time in all roles of the Dairy. She was book-keeper and office manager, bottled milk and delivered it, even to the miners’ bunkhouses. At one of these she met Frank Swiddle. They married in 1940, starting over 74 loving years together, until his death in 2015.

Rose was predeceased by her Piaskoski brothers, Eddie (spouse, Nora Camron, predeceased), Joseph (spouse, Elsie Kernicky, predeceased), John, Frank, Albert, and Stanley “Champ” (spouse, Yvette Chevrier).

Rose’s surviving sisters-in-law are: Nellie Srutwa Petryshen (spouse, Charles) and Minnie Srutwa Carver (spouse, Arthur predeceased), and brother-in-law Arthur McLellan (spouse, Catherine “Katie” Srutwa, predeceased). Rose was predeceased by sister-in-law Annie Srutwa Lazarenko (spouse Sameon Lazarenko, predeceased), and brothers-in-law Mike Swiddle, Carl Swiddle (spouse Dorothy Baker, predeceased), and Jack Swiddle (spouse Audrey Doyniuk, predeceased).

Rose’s three children are: Merry Tunney (widow of Edward Tunney, d. 1995), Frances, and Ronald (spouse, Elizabeth Kari). Rose was a loving Baba and adored by all her grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Glen Tunney (spouse, Leah Sta. Ana), Catherine Tunney Braeken (spouse, Richard Braeken), Gregory Tunney (spouse, Vanessa Lobo), Shannon Kari, and Siobhan Kari (spouse, Mark Manzer), and by her great-grandchildren and step-great grandchild, Matthew, Rebecca, Mariska, Kaylee, Jenson, Ainsley, Carys, and Thomas. She is sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, and a great many other relatives and friends.

As a younger woman, Rose played baseball, tennis, curling, and bowling. She followed her interest in sports and her favourite teams all her life. She especially enjoyed summers spent at the family camp on Windy Lake, where many happy times were had. As an outdoors woman, she never stopped walking and gardening.
Rose had a special ability to balance and enrich the many aspects of her life, inside and outside the home. She cared in her home for her parents until their deaths. She was a full-time worker and full-time mother, devoted to her husband and dedicated to her children, and then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a skilled homemaker with an artistic flair for colour and design that she expressed through sewing, embroidery, hand and machine knitting, and décor. She taught traditional crafts to her family, from painting Easter eggs to making pierogies, often to much laughter around the table. She understood machinery and tools, from dairy and canning machines to computers. She could twist the lids off pickle jars that no-one else could budge. She loved solving puzzles and was a formidable dominoes and card player. Her interest in crafts expanded to the internet, for communicating and banking, local and national news, updating medical information, and researching unusual patterns and recipes. As a cook, she had no equal, especially when it came to the fish and wild game that Frank would bring home.

As a life-long active member of St. Bartholomew’s Church, the Catholic Women’s League and the Royal Purple, Rose ceaselessly gave her time and effort. Every Remembrance Day, she would lay a wreath at the Levack cenotaph on behalf of the Silver Cross Mothers, an activity she took over when her own mother passed away. Rose was a kind, thoughtful person with an inclusive attitude and a generous spirit, who invariably put others ahead of herself. Her character was well and truly the model for those who knew and loved her.

In recent years, Rose and Frances had been spending winters with Merry in southern Ontario. They were together in Mississauga for the coronavirus lockdown and supported each other through its rigours. Away from the isolation, Rose enjoyed her final days at a Parry Sound lodge with her two daughters, and many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Because of the Coronavirus, there will be no Funeral Visitation. However, the family plans for a Celebration of Life when future circumstances permit. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Levack, Friday, 3 July, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., followed by Interment in the Maplecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Health Sciences North would be appreciated. To light a memorial candle, or send donations or messages of condolences on-line at
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  • Service

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    St Bartholemews
    Address not given
    Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogah
  • Interment

    Maplecrest Cemetery
    Cobden Road
    Dowling, Ontario P0M 1R0
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Patricia Mensour

Posted at 02:27pm
Patricia & Michael Mensour
We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Ron and the entire Swiddle family. May your many happy memories be of comfort at this time.

Richard Braeken

Posted at 02:23pm
On Friday we were eating her perogies with her and everybody else at the cottage and the next day she got her wings so she could see her beloved Gigi.

I truly loved her. She was not afraid to fight me back although that might be because I was the only one she could hear because I am so loud. She was remarkable in so many ways. I have many good memories of her like her and Gigi attending our wedding party in the Netherlands or seeing her on her Mac since her age did not stop her from surfing the internet looking for new recipes. I wished I had met her earlier.

Thank you Baba for everything and being a part of my life. Please say hi to Gigi. I miss you both.


Sheila von Klein

Posted at 01:03am
Very sorry to learn of this great loss to the Swiddle family. I was a classmate and friend of Ron, and while I did not have the privilege of knowing Rose, this wonderful written tribute provides a lens into what a remarkable woman she was - well lived and well loved. My sincere condolences to all who will miss her today, and always.

Peggy Wilson Fisher

Posted at 09:14pm
Ron and family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. I still remember when you would bring in "treats" from her when we all worked together in Legal many, many years ago. A special woman who will live on in your hearts.

Eleanor Lobo-Lee

Posted at 03:47pm
Rose was a special individual who just greeted you with a gracious warmth that just made one realize the beauty of the human spirit. 98 years seems hardly enough for such a person, but she will live far longer in each of our hearts and with the influence she has had on us all. Fran, Merry and the Tunney clan: Toron, Jonah, Logan and I love you all and are so blessed to have had Rose in our lives.

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