Rosie Keogan

December 9, 1932 ~ November 15, 2021 (age 88)


Rose Keogan nee Czerniak was born December 9, 1932 on a farm north east of Cando.

She was born to Nick and Hasia Czerniak with a family of 11 children; Mary, Leonard, Mike, Rose, Sophie, John, Bill, Lydia, Paul, Carolyn, and Dennis.

Her humble upbringing in a tiny home with a dirt floor included hard work in the fields with the animals and in the garden.

The manual labour was done mostly by hand but laughter and music were the pay off. Her siblings had a long walk to and from school in Cando each day. The combination of these events forged a bond and a life long closeness with her brothers and sisters.

At the age of 18 she married Mike Antonenko and they went on to have three children Edith, Larry and Lyle.

They lived on a farm in the Arelee district until moving into the town of Biggar. Having no option but to work hard gave her the compassion to instill a strong work ethic in her children.

After deciding to go their separate ways Rose met and married Jim Keogan in 1972. They continued to live in Biggar then moved to Battleford where Jim retired from the railroad.

While in Battleford she pursued her hobbies of playing guitar, gardening, grandchildren and sewing.

In 2018 they moved to Saskatoon to the Luther Riverside Terrace assisted living, soon after Rose’s health started to decline and she had to be placed in Greenfields Care Home separating her and Jim after 47 years of marriage.  

Jim passed away two months later. Throughout covid she resided in Saskatoon until recently, moving back to Biggar to the Biggar & District Health Centre - Long Term Care where she peacefully passed away on November 15, 2021.

Rose was predeceased by her husband Jim. Her parents her brothers Leonard, Mike, Bill, Paul, John and sister Mary and son in law Wes Penner.

Rose leaves behind her daughter Edith (Wes) Penner, Kyle Penner (Jen), Nyla and Callie – Jason Penner (Nicole), Isla and Weston

Son, Larry Antonenko (Pam), Alicia (Nick) Zadko, Andrea and Tyson – Kaitlynn Kardash (Kelly), Myles and Blake – Chelsea Siedl (Brayden), Colton and Chloe

Son, Lyle Antonenko (Loral), Mallory Mckinley (Neil), Rylee, Mila and Myles – Jacey Antonenko (Blake)

Sisters, Sophie, Lidia, Carolyn and brother Dennis.

Former daughter-in-law Shannon Antonenko. Her step children and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

The inviting Hello! Hello! would lead you into an immaculate home with the kettle on low on the back burner of her stove will forever be missed.


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Funeral Mass
November 20, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church
109 7th Ave West
Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


Alzheimer Society
1405 Faulkner Crescent, Saskatoon SK S0K 0M0

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