Dad on his favourite chair.
Joseph Koshelanyk
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 9, 1925
  • Place of birth:
    Caliento, Canada
  • Date of passing: Mar 25, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Toronto, Canada
In our hearts, you will live forever.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joseph Koshelanyk, 88, born on January 9, 1925 and passed away on March 25, 2013. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"Read eulogy from bottom up....."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"Joe was preceased by his Dad Joseph Koshelanyk, mother Helen,and stepdad Mike,brothers, Marko, Ostap,Walter, Bill,Mike and Paul and sister Anne

IN OUR HEARTS YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER
REST IN PEACE TILL WE MEET AGAIN
Vitchnaya Pamiyat Uncle Joe"

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"Uncle Joe leaves to leave to mourn his son Robert and wife Marina
Brother Pete and sister in law Helen
Brother John
Sister Stella
Sister Marie and brother in law Kasmir
Sister in laws Diane and Anne, nieces, nephews,family"

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"At the end of summer it was time to go back to Toronto. Joe would hide for a couple days before he had to leave. He had everyone sobbing when it came to leave. Even a tough guy like my Dad could not hold back the tears. Just like today, we remember good times, happy memories but most of all mourn who we have lost and say, Good bye."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"As Uncle Joe ducked down in front of the screen I filled a glass of water and hucked it through the screen.....the wet cyotee never scared us again! We would laugh until we cried!  Saturday nights was Zabava on the radio! Heels were kicked up and dances were done."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"As you know on a farm there are coyotes. But our farm had a certain mischievous "cayotee that would crawl on his knees through the corn in the garden and howl when Auntie Bella and Mom were picking corn or howl through the screen window trying to scare us while making supper in the basement.  One evening we decided to fix our cayotee from howling at us!"

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"Our special times were summers on the farm when Uncle Joe, Auntie Bella and Robert would drive up from Toronto to spend their summers with us.   Once out of the car, he was "HOME" again. Joe spent summers trimming trees, tapping moles, getting sprayed by a skunk, hauling gain at harvest, and cleaning the garage for Dad.  He had a mischievous sense of humour."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"During this time he joined the Toronto Terminals Baseball League. Homeruns, the wins, and even losses! He knew the players, their plays and who was good or bad! He also met a lot of hockey players at the train station. Leagues usually travelled by train,clearing customs, baggage and tips! One of his favorite was Tim Horton( died in crash), usually gave a $2.00 tip.  Famous Tim Horton chain"

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"Uncle Joe loved to watch baseball and hockey in his living room in his "chair". He cheered his team on whatever they played. Robert bought a radio to the hospital and both of them listened to the hockey game before Joe died. Joe's first job in Toronto was for Roger's Dairy as a milk man.  ( he enjoyed the ladies).  The next job was for Via Rail for 42 years."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"Uncle Joe went to find employment in Toronto at a young age with his new bride Bella Maxymovich.  She remained his bride for 60 years.  He worked for 42 years for Via Rail.  Just about 25 years into their married life came their miracle baby ...Robert, who was light of their life."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"I know my tears today will just be honouring what he did so well.
He was born in Caliento January 9 1925. His parents offered unconditional love and example of living their faith.  Love then came easy, then having a blended family of 12 siblings.   Although different names, no one ever knew the difference between mine, yours and OURS."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"I am so glad to see so many of you here today and Uncle Joe would have been so happy.  They say after you meet a person, your life will not be the same. Uncle was a kind, loving, gentle person who had a caring heart which had a space for each and every one of us. Uncle Joe was very sentimental and would cry at the drop of a dime when happy or sad."

This tribute was added by Gail Horobec on 5th April 2013

"My name is Gail Horobec my Dad Paul and Joe were brothers.....now reunited in Heaven.
It is indeed and honor and privilege to deliver the eulogy for my Uncle and Godfather Joseph Koshelanyk who passed away March 25 after a short battle with pneumonia 4 days after the passing of his brother Marko, aged 88 in Toronto."

This tribute was added by Krista and Alan Sutton/Triger on 3rd April 2013

"Alan and I were just sharing a memory of your Dad, Rob, remarking on how moving it was watching him at your wedding to Marina.  We will never forget his smiles and the tears rolling down his face.  And I believe the band sang a few songs just for him and he sang along so happily.  May you hold memories like these in your heart forever.  much love, Krista, Alan (bro and sis in law) xxx"

This tribute was added by Paul Markovsky on 2nd April 2013

"Joe was a great 'second dad' for me growing up on Winnipeg Road.  I remember him as being always kind and patient as Rob & I played hockey on the driveway or played music in the basment.  R.I.P Joe."

This tribute was added by Marina Triger on 2nd April 2013

"Your enjoyment of life bordered on gusto, especially when it came to food.  You cried unashamedly when you were moved and played the harmonica when you were happy.  You loved your son with an unmatched ferocity.  You never complained, even when things got truly bad at the end.  You were loved and you will be missed.  
Your daughter-in-law, Marina."

This tribute was added by Robert Koshelanyk on 1st April 2013

"Linda and myself will always remember the visits with your Dad. Always fun times with him. Joe always had a smile in his heart and embraced life with laughter and courage. While working in Toronto, and staying with your Dad, I experienced the gentleness of his soul and the kindness of his heart, those memories will always be eternal."

This tribute was added by fernando t on 31st March 2013

"A very kind and gentle man was Mr. Koshelanyk. He always treated me with respect even back when I was a young punk making lots of noise with my guitar in his basement while rehearsing with Rob. You will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Stefanie Boucher on 30th March 2013

"A great man who's love and kindness stretched across provinces to all his family and friends.  A quiet sentimental man who said more with a grin, a chuckle, a twinkle in his eye or a squeeze of the hand than he did with words.  His love for Bella and Rob was limitless.  You are so loved and you will be so greatly missed.  You can sing and dance again now.  Peace and Joy are yours forever."

This tribute was added by Rob Koshelanyk on 29th March 2013

"Joseph Koshelanyk passed away peacefully on Monday March 25th, 2013 at 9:58pm after a short bout with pneumonia.  Born in Caliento, Manitoba, on January 9, 1925, Joe married his late wife Bella on November 8, 1947.  They moved to Toronto in the late 40s, where Joe worked for Via Rail until his retirement in 1990 after 42 years."

This tribute was added by Rob Koshelanyk on 29th March 2013

"Dad, I am going to miss you, but I thank you for sharing one more very important moment with me.  You were a kind, gentle, thoughtful man who was loved and well respected by everyone who's path you crossed.  Thank you for making me the person I am today.  I am proud to be your son.  Love you with all my heart.  R.I.P."


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