Rosemarie Kozak Bowick passed away peacefully in her home in Sharbot Lake on Wednesday, May, 5 in the loving company of family members. She was in her 76th year. Rosemarie was predeceased by her son David Bullen and her parents, John Kozak and Jennie Licari Kozak. She is survived by her husband of thirty-two years, Bill Bowick, her brother, Conrad Kozak, her son, Scot Bullen and her daughter-in-law Erika Bullen. She will also be missed by step-children James Bowick (Joan), David Bowick (Shannon), Michael Bowick (Erica), Rhonda Bowick Gauthier (David), elan Lepage Flamand (Christien), Stephan Lepage (Jody) and eighteen loving and very loved grandchildren. One of her few regrets is not living to see her great grandchildren – two of which are due this summer.
Rosemarie passed her early years in a number of places as the family followed her father’s military career but most of her life and all of her working years were spent in Ottawa. She still has many friends and family in the Ottawa area. In 1995, with an eye on retirement, she and Bill moved to Sharbot Lake. She became a very active member of her adopted community, initiating the Villages Beautiful program and the Christmas Festival of Trees, both of which are still going after more than twenty years. She was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 425 and a founding member of a community group which came to be known as The Friday Night Ladies. Rosemarie was also a successful business person with a mixed residential/business property in the village. She served as chairman of the board of the Frontenac Mortgage Investment Corporation and was a founding board member of the Sharbot Lake Business Group.
Rosemarie was in her forties when she was introduced to tole painting but it became an enduring pleasure and led her into quilting which became an even greater passion. Her paint/craft/quilt days with the same close friends were a weekly event for nearly twenty-five years.
Rosemarie sat end of life vigil for a number of people, including her parents. The comfort this provided has been returned to her many-fold by a very caring community. Through the period of her illness, her many friends have called and visited and sent food, flowers, cards and prayers. All were warmly delivered and greatly appreciated. Rosemarie was a member of the St. James Major Roman Catholic congregation but had friends in every faith group. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and all those whose lives she has touched and influenced.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private family service will be held on Wednesday May 12, at the St. James Catholic church in Sharbot Lake. A private family graveside interment will follow at Capital Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, friends can make a donation to The Arthritis Society or another charity of their choice in memory of Rosemarie.
The funeral service will be uploaded to this link after 6:00pm on Wednesday May 12, and will be available for 7 days. Please copy then paste in your web browser. https://vimeo.com/547526864/4e11b63d42
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