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
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
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