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Joseph Yourkowski
March 15, 1932 - April 21, 2013
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<div itemprop="description">YOURKOWSKI, Joe (CStJ) <br />With heavy hearts the family of Joe Yourkowski announces his passing on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the age of 81. He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 58 years Marion; daughters Marlys (Len) Radchenko and Myrna (Brian) Hiebert; granddaughters Jen and Stephanie Radchenko, Ashley &amp; Lynzie Hiebert, siblings Rose Parchewski, Walter (Gloria) Yourkowski, Leona (Bill) Rodwin, Ed (Lil) Yurkowski, Mike (Shirley) Yurkowski, Gary (Joanne) Yourkowski and brother-in-law Don Wudrick; and numerous nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart. Joe is predeceased by his parents, Olga and Peter Yourkowski, sister Jane Wudrick and brother-in-law Paul Parchewski. <br />Joe was born March 15, 1932, on the family farm near Krydor, Saskatchewan and grew up in the Krydor and Blaine Lake area. Joe came to Saskatoon at the age of 17 to complete high school and attend Saskatoon Technical Collegiate in hopes of bettering his education and later attended Normal School to become a teacher. Joe taught for a short time at the Blaine Lake Iroquois School but found teaching wasn&rsquo;t his calling. In 1953 Joe made Saskatoon his permanent home and was hired on at Shelly Brothers Warehouse and worked his way up to Repack Foreman. In 1954 Joe met the love of his life Marion and they were married April 30, 1955. In 1954 Joe found a new passion and became a volunteer member of St. John Ambulance. He received many commendations during his 40 years of dedicated service, achieving the high ranking position of Commander Brother of the Order of St. John. Joe&rsquo;s career with Canada Post began in 1957 spanning some 30 years until his retirement at age 55. Throughout his years with Canada Post he was one of the founding members of the Heritage Club for Saskatoon. Canada Post was not the last stop on his career path; during his retirement years he was an Ice Technician for Nutana Curling Rink and his love for curling exploded. <br />Dad took great pride in his home, his family and his garden. He loved to be outside always puttering around the yard. He enjoyed woodworking, golf, Kaiser and curling. For 25 years Mom and Dad shared a love of bowling with the weekly Post Office Bowling League. Mom and Dad&rsquo;s home away from home was Kapasiwin Bungalows at Waskesiu Lake where the family spent many summers. Donations in Joe&rsquo;s memory may be made to the Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society of Saskatchewan (301 &ndash; 2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X1). Thank you to the Oliver Lodge Day Program staff for their role in enriching Dad&rsquo;s weekly visits this past year. A Celebration of Joe&rsquo;s Life will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th St., first right past Briargate Rd). Online condolences may be sent from Arrangements entrusted to Megan Kasper. <br /></div>