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Condolences to the family of Joseph John "Joe" Holosko


Joseph John

April 20, 1916, Nebraska, USA
- April 3, 1994, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Joseph John Holosko “Joe” passed away April 3, 1994 at the age of 78. Joe moved to Roundhill, AB. Parents: John Holosko/Francis Kryshk from Ukraine/Poland. Raised in Drumheller/sister Stella Staley and brother Emil. His father was a coal miner, and mother (a suffragette) worked at the Hudson Bay Co. Joe was a great violinist & composer, trained by G. Garbovitsky of Cal. Symphony. Went to Teacher’s College during the great depression. In WWII- Aeronautical Engineer. May 5, 1947, m. Mary Klochko- she struggled with mental illness. Worked as a sales engineer for Xerox Co. At 55 yrs, Joe got his B.A. He volunteered (18 yrs) conductor/ Mathew Popowich Choir. Joe was a Renaissance man, a life-long student. He loved the Ontario Science Center. Favorite mags; Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Prevention. Favorite T.V.; Wild Wild World of Animals, Three’s Company. Loved sauerkraut perogies and short ribs. Survived by the only daughter he raised, Karina Ann-Francis Holosko, the apple of his baby blue eyes, and son-in-law, Peter G. Pereira - 3 sons. Joe will be remembered for his sacrifice, kindness, curiously, love of animals, and learning. For 20 years Joe played Santa for hundreds of children. At night, he loved to find the Big Dipper in the stars and make shadow puppets to entertain his daughter when she couldn’t sleep. In the day, he’d look up to the sky and find shapes in the clouds. Joe rests at Springcreek Cemetery, Mississauga, Ontario.