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JOSEPH (JOE) PLASESKI (published on September 23, 2008)

JOSEPH (JOE) PLASESKI February 18, 1923 - September 13, 2008 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Joseph, on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at his home in Rivers, Manitoba, with his wife, Minnie and his family by his side. Remaining to forever cherish Joseph's memory is his loving wife, Minnie; children: Janis Landin (Don), Linda McLellan (Ian), Chris (Cheryl), Michael (Kathy), Katharine Mercredi (Tim), Barbara Ross (Tim) and John. Grandchildren: Julie Landin, Ryan Aebig (Adrianna), Caylie and Cody Plaseski, Alicia and Jared Plaseski. Brothers: Vic Edwards (Joyce) and Bob Plaseski (Lori); sisters-in-law: Emily and Mae Plaseski, Olga Zebeluk; Patrick Casey and our extended family. Predeceased by his parents: Lilian and Michael Plaseski; mother-in-law: Sofia Zebeluk; brothers: Paul and Nick Plaseski; brother-in-law: John Zebeluk and two grandchildren: Angela Aebig and Cole Plaseski. Joe held a very special place in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Joe's deep faith gave him great strength and he was blessed with a long and happy life. He was born and raised in Portage la Prairie. As a young man, Joe fostered a love of aviation by crafting and building many model airplanes. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945 as a Wireless Air Operator. Post-war, employment took him to Winnipeg with Bird Construction as a carpenter/foreman. Joe and Min married in 1947 and moved to Rivers where Joe helped to build 200 houses at the military base. During his life, Joe demonstrated skill and talent as a designer and builder of homes, churches and commercial buildings throughout Canada; working for Harvath Construction, Plyweb Ltd., Arnold Manufacturing and his own company, Odanah Woodcraft. He contributed many volunteer hours drafting blueprints for many churches in Manitoba. Joe lived his life with a kind, loving heart and he was deeply loved and respected by his family and community. He was a member of the Catholic Church's Holy Name Society, Ukrainian Society and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 75. Among Joe's many passions were fishing, woodworking, reading, gardening, boat building, rock collecting, astronomy, curling, listening to music and flying. He spent many a fond weekend prospecting with his brothers at the Brott Brothers claim in Bissett. Joe and Min spent 61 years together embracing the joys and challenges of raising a large family. One of our fondest memories of Dad was hearing him hum a tune while he went about his daily life. He adored his family and the many memorable times shared in Rivers or at the family cottage in Sandy Lake. In reference to his home and Rivers, the day before he passed away, Joe said, I just love this place . He will be deeply missed. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 801 5th Avenue, Rivers on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Celebrant was Fr. Dominic Yuen. Interment followed in the Rivers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joseph can be made to Riverdale Health Services District Foundation, Box 222, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or a charity of one's choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements were with Memories Chapel Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330. Take my hand and lead me to salvation, Take my love for love is everlasting and remember the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God

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