Matilda Dubrack Obituary

Date of Birth:

Saturday, December 18th, 1909

Date of Death:

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Funeral Home:

Dadson Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd.
120 Hwy 10A W
Flin Flon, Manitoba, CANADA
R8A 1N5


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


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

Matilda Dubrack
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