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JOSEPH KARALASH (published on September 13, 2008)



JOSEPH KARALASH It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father, and grandfather at the Health Sciences Centre on September 10, 2008 after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish Joe's memory is his wife, Eleanor, and his children Darlene (Bruce Peto), Angela, Bruce, and Robert. Gigi will be lovingly remembered by his three grandchildren, Carly and Brittany Peto, and Gavin Karalash. Joe is also survived by brothers John Orobko (Verna), Mike Orobko (Doris), and Steve Orobko (Joan). Joe was predeceased by his mother, Mary (Romaniuk) Orobko, foster father, Dmytro Karalash, his sisters Stella Orobko, Anne Martin (Wilf), Olga Karalash (Frank), and his brother Walter Orobko (Jean). Joe was born on March 8, 1930 in Barkfield, Manitoba. After the death of his mother in 1942, Joe ventured to Winnipeg to seek employment. His first job was at the age of 12 at Arctic Ice. As a teenager he worked as an electrician's helper at Canada Packers. Later, he owned and operated a couple of grocery stores in Winnipeg's North End and in Point Douglas. On July 29, 1961 Joe married Eleanor Rybuck and changed careers. He spent a year at M.I.T. and later worked as a sewing machine mechanic and power engineer at several garment factories until 1983 when he suffered a series of strokes. Due to his ill health, Joe was unable to return to the work force. Joe's particular interests included auction sales, fishing, family events, cooking and watching sporting events. Prayers will be said on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Nativity of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Senkiw, MB. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The Very Reverend Myron Pozniak will be officiating with Cantor Martin Chobotar assisting. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Senkiw Orthodox Cemetery Fund, c/o Pat Gawronsky, Box 24, Roseau River, Manitoba, R0A 1P0. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044


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