The family of Dr. Rozalia Dzavik of Edmonton is saddened to announce her passing on April 28th, 2020 at the age of 93 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Dr. Vladimir Dzavik (Dr. Nan Okun); grandchildren, Chris, Tatiana and Teresa; her sister, Dr. Amalia Pucat; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in both Canada and Slovakia.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 59 years, Dr. Vladimir Dzavik Sr; her sister, Viera Kolodej, and her parents, Tomas and Anna Pucat.
Rozalia was born in the Orava region of Slovakia where she grew up during the years of World War II. The year she was born, her father, Tomas left for Canada to provide for the family, briefly returning ten years later. In 1948, when her mother and younger sister, Amalia left for Canada after the beginning of Communism in Czechoslovakia, Rozalia stayed behind to embark on medical studies. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Komenskeho University in Kosice in 1954 and met her husband, Vladimir during postgraduate training in Kezmarok. Son, Vladimir was born in 1957 in Kosice where she was practicing as a pediatrician. In 1967 the family was allowed by the communist government to visit her mother in Edmonton.
After the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968, Rozalia and Vladimir decided to make a life in Canada. Rozalia endured the long years of repeating postgraduate medical studies to be able to continue in her profession as a pediatrician in Canada. She treated countless children in her office practice and at the Royal Alexandra Hospital until her retirement in 1988. After retirement, she was devoted to supporting son, Vladimir and his family both in Edmonton and after they moved to Toronto in 2001. Rozalia and Vladimír devoted their post-retirement life to the Catholic Church and numerous charities. After the death of her husband in 2014, she had many moments of loneliness, but much support from sister, Amalia who lived nearby. While she sorely missed her family in Toronto, she remained fiercely independent, living in her house until being hospitalized with a stroke earlier this year. She spent the last six weeks at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre where, unfortunately, after the COVID-19 lock-down, her family was unable to visit and support her. After suffering a more extensive stroke on April 24, her son and granddaughter, Teresa were finally able to be with her. She passed away peacefully four days later surrounded by the love of her family.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff of Unit 7AB at the Edmonton General Long-term Care Centre for their care and compassion during this difficult time.
Memorial Donations may be made in Dr. Rozalia Dzavik’s name to the Edmonton General Hospital Continuing Care, 11111 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4.