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Doroteja Rous

Born: Sat., Nov. 22, 1941
Died: Sat., Jan. 2, 2021


9:15 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 09, 2021
Location: St. Mary Slovenian Catholic Mission Church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jan. 09, 2021

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Doroteja “Darinka” Rous nee: Copot, November 22, 1941- January 2, 2021 left our world but not our hearts…
Born in Gornja Bistrica, Slovenia to Ivan and Evelina Copot, Darinka met Anton Rous while in school in Crensovci, Slovenia and together they immigrated to Canada where they started their family  (and then ultimately to the United States).

She truly was the love of Tony’s life and his beloved Zena for almost 60 years. Loving mama of Anton “Tony Jr.’ (Stefanija), Paula (Jeff) Szarek, the late Ivan (Eileen) Rous; cherished Mamca and Mati of Lydia (Eric) Bierhr, Andrew (Kristi) Rous, James Rous, Emelia, Andrea and Christopher Szarek, Cole, Evelina and Emily Rous. She was the proud great grandmother of Zoey, Brandon, Aiden, Parker and Trevor. Treasured sister, aunt, botra (godmother), cousin and friend to so many with relatives and family located in Slovenia, Canada and the United States.

Darinka was an active member of the Slovenian Catholic Mission, the Slovenian Catholic Center, Prekmurje Social Klub, Holy Cross Society and St. Anne’s / KSKJ. She could always be found in Lemont wearing her most beautiful attire, her perpetual smile.
Her passion was being with people, family and friends. She loved cooking, baking, swimming, and enjoying life Slovenian style, singing, dancing and telling jokes at the Slovenski Dom. You knew if Darinka was there, a good time would be had by all. She was truly a life force in the Slovenian community that comes along once in a lifetime.
The one thing she loved most of all was letter writing and sending out personalized cards with heartfelt messages to friends and family just to make them smile and brighten their day. It's the personal touch she was graced with, that made everyone who met her, love her.

Darinka will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her absence, her smile, her faithfulness to her family, her church and her community leaves a hole that will be difficult to fill.

An open casket visitation will be held outside of St. Mary’s Slovenian Catholic Mission Church, located at 14246 Main St, Lemont, Illinois, starting at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday January 9, 2021 until time of Mass at 10:00 a.m.

Due to the on-going pandemic and social distancing requirements, mass attendance will be limited to immediate family in the church. For all those who wish to share in the service, it will be available to view from your vehicle outside of the church or in the comfort of your own home. To view a live-stream of the Funeral Visitation and Mass.    Please visit the link below:


Please follow social distancing rules and wear a mask.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Darinka’s name to St. Mary’s Slovenian Catholic Mission, 14246 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439 - 630-257-2068.

The Rous family invites you to visit the "Condolences" and "Photos" tabs of this memorial to leave a message or memory or to upload a photograph.

Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice IL.

Arrangements entrusted to Debbie Zefran-Jerry, Funeral Director

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Eric Nyberg
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Rous family (especially to my old Slovenian school friends Andrew and Lydia) on the loss of Darinka. The Slovenian community will miss her warmth, her energy, and her smiling face. Sending prayers for the repose of her soul; she will be remembered. Moje sožalje.

Mary & Bernie Winker
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Dear Tony,
We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
We remember the first time we met you and Doroteja at the German-American Club at Sun City in Huntley, IL. She sat next to us at a party and from that first introduction we never stopped talking. Every time you saw her ever present smile, it brightened up your day. Everyone at the German-American Club will miss her friendly personality.
May God bless her and your family!
Mary and Bernie Winker
Mary and Bernie Winker

Cvetka, Franc Kovac and Maria Glavac
   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear wife, mother, sister and our beloved friend Darinka. May God bless her and grant her eternal peace. RIP dear Darinka.

Ivan in Anka Krivograd
   Posted Sun January 10, 2021
Our sincere sympathy to the Rous Family at the loss of dear Darinka. We will remember her in our thoughts and prayers.

Gisele Kovac
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Dear Family Rous, our deepest condolences to you all on your loss. Darinka / Teta, you will be remembered with fond memories, and reflected on your many visits to Montreal.
Martin, Theresa, Martin Jr. Kovacic, Montreal, QC
Joe, Mary, Michael, Alessandra Pelcar, Montreal, QC
Steve, Gisele, Nicholas Kovac, Edmonton, AB

Bill Bogolin
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Dear Tony and the Rous Family,

I was saddened to read of your wife and mother, Darinka's, passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May the fond memories of Darinka that will forever be in your heart sustain you through this difficult time.

Bill Bogolin

Richard/Gerry Groves
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Dear Tony and family,
We want to wish you our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife, Doroteja.
She was a lovely lady, a good neighbor and friend to all of us, especially the people
here in Sun City. She will be surely missed!

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