Mikeal OSTAPOWICH

OSTAPOWICH Mikeal Feb. 15, 1919 – Jan. 10, 2008 Mikeal is now experiencing a glorious reunion with his loved wife Ellen in heaven. His family awaits their reunion with Mike and Ellen. Children: Dennis (Shirley) Ostapowich of St Albert. Denver (Ruth) Ostapowich of Beaumont; Marvin (Lloy) Ostapowich of Edmonton; Joy (Blaine) Otto of Lacombe; Clayton (Heather) Ostapowich of Sherwood Park. Grandchildren: Craig (Kellie) of Grande Prairie, Cherity of Winnipeg; Chelsea of St Albert; Desiree, Jaden, Tayler of Beaumont; Elesha (Jason) of Edmonton; Mark of Edmonton; Lindsay (Connor) of Lacombe; Jamie (JC) of Lacombe; Ryan of Lacombe; Morgan and Raegan of Sherwood Park. Great grandchildren: Kadence and Owen of Lacombe; Justice, Pheonix and Lindon of Grande Prairie. Brothers: Bruce (predeceased), Steve, Edward (predeceased) and Eddie. Sisters: Rose, Ann (predeceased) and Olga. Numerous nephews and nieces. Mikeal was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Ostapowich of Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Mikeal was the eldest child born to John and Mary Ostapowich on February 15, 1919 in Wynyard, Saskatchewan. He was raised on the Ostapowich farm which was established in 1908 by his father John who moved to Canada from Poland in 1907. Life on the farm was full of work, but fun as well. Mike walked to Harvard Country School every day. Sometimes he rode Old Sam, his favorite horse. The hard work of farm life during the Depression created in Mike a strong work ethic. Along with his brothers he helped on the farm by milking cows, raising hens, pigs and turkeys and tended to a huge garden. In 1943 Mike moved to Red Deer to enter Basic Training for the Army. It was during this time that he met Ellen at a dance in Red Deer. He was discharged in 1946 and went back to the farm. Mike's first job after the war was hauling gas from Moose Jaw to towns and cities across Saskatchewan. It was about a year later that he took a train to Alberta to see Ellen who was living on a farm near Morningside. He took a job on a farm and then became a butcher at Gilmour's just outside of Lacombe. Mikeal and Ellen were married on August 25, 1950 in Lacombe. Their first house was their only house. There they raised 4 boys and 1 girl. Mike taught his children to respect authority and to work. Mikeal worked as a butcher until 1963 when he became employed with the County of Lacombe as a custodian and later as a bus driver. He retired in 1984 after working for the County of Lacombe for 24 years. Mike enjoyed sports. He played ball with a Morningside team and enjoyed watching the Lacombe Rocket hockey games. He enjoyed bowling, snooker and horseshoes. He wasn't known for sitting around much. He had many odd jobs and faithfully provided for his wife and 5 children. We look back with thankfulness for all Mikeal has given. Funeral Services will be held at Wilson's Funeral Chapel, 6120 Highway 2A, Lacombe, Alberta on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation entrusted to Wilson's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Free Church Building Fund, 4619 C&E Trail, Lacombe, AB T4L 1M9 or to the charity of one's choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to wfch@telusplanet.net subject- Ostapowich Wilson's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 782-3366 843-3388 "A Caring Family, Caring For Families"


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