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Joe was born in Pobedim, Czechoslovakia on December 6, 1934. His family immigrated to Canada in 1937 and settled in Dufresne, Manitoba where his love of farming was cultivated. At 16, Joe left his family farm to begin his career in construction with Major Sewer and Water. From there, he worked with Simkin Construction until he moved to BACM/BA Construction, where he worked as a superintendent for 35 years.
In 1962, on his construction site in front of her home on St. Michael's Road in St. Vital, Joe met the love of his life, Joan (nee Tytgat). They married in 1963 and Michael was born a year later. As a young family, they moved to Brandon, returning to St. Vital in 1965. Joe's passion for farming and country living called him to Lorette in 1967, two months before his daughter Suzanne was born. He settled on 134 acres where he resided for the rest of his life. He convinced Joan it would be a small farm, close to the church and store, assuring her that there would be no animals, but soon there was a herd of cattle and a chicken coop. In 1970, his family was complete with the birth of Debra.
Through the years, as fields and gardens grew, so did his family. He welcomed son-in-law, Rick (Susie) in 2002 and later granddaughters, Paige and Faith. Mike's son, Marek joined the family in 2005. In 2008, he embraced son-in-law, Mitch (Deb), step-grandchildren, Shawn and Leah, and finally grandson Cole. Joe retired from farming in 2005 to spend time sharing his love of the land with his grandchildren. Joe cherished his grandchildren and spoiled them with treats and tractor rides. He enjoyed gardening, game shows and telling stories.
Joe was predeceased by his son Michael, parents Anton and Vincencina, brother Louis, sister Mary, and brothers-in-law, Alfred Webb and Frank Logan.
Joe was a hardworking and loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was dedicated to his family, friends, and neighbours. He will be deeply missed.
A family service will be held next week.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Dear Joan and all the dear friends in the Slovak community. I guess I too am of the ones that are left. I was a little younger than Joe (2 yrs), so I presume I got in a little less trouble. as one commenter said. Truly all the trouble was on the GOOD side. Seriously, Joe and I went to school together, and walked each way. I was the first one of us to get married, and Joe was my BEST MAN. We moved to Alberta in the 70's, and I guess we just moved apart due to distance. To Joan and family, you have lost a great man, and my condolences go to you. Laurie and Judy Dodds - Posted by: Laurie Dodds (School mates and friend) on: Apr 24, 2021
I am writing on behalf of my dad Walter Bartosh. Dad grew up in the Dufrense area after his family also immigrated from Czech in the early 1930. While visiting with dad he mentioned how there are now only 5 of the guys still living. Sharing with me the loss of a dear friend Joe. Dad had endless stories of life on the farm & all the trouble good & bad that Joe, dad & the boys got themselves into. It was a pleasure listening to the story of the Good Old Days. My parents send their condolences to Joe's family. Dad says cherish the memories you have of the Good Days. - Posted by: Walter & Pauline Bartosh (Friend from Dufrense) on: Mar 21, 2021
Dear Joan and family. Please accept my deepest sympathy at this sad time. Sincerely, Diana Laliberte - Posted by: Diana Laliberte (Friend) on: Mar 20, 2021
Deepest sympathies to Joan and her family for their loss. Our family joins together to remember Joe which we called ”Uncle Joe” The Grimard family. - Posted by: Pierre and Marguerite Grimard (Good and close friends.) on: Mar 20, 2021
My sympathy to Susie and family in the loss of your Dad/Grandfather. It sounds like you will all have many fond memories of him to keep him close in your hearts. Thinking of you at this time and wishing God's Peace for all of you. - Posted by: Mary Wersch (co-worker) on: Mar 20, 2021
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