1945 – 2012

Joe was born in Straubing, Germany on September 21st, 1945. His family emigrated to Belgium and then Montreal, Canada in 1951. They came out to B.C. in 1952, living in Vernon, Likely and later Coldstream on a family apple orchard. Joe graduated from UBC in 1967 with a B. A. in Psychology and went on to a long career in employment counseling for Canada Manpower, now Service Canada. Joe, Donna, and his two sons, Daryll and Brian, moved to Vernon in 1980 and built a house on the family orchard. He led a full life with his career, working the orchard, family and social life.

Joe enjoyed a wide variety of activities including baseball, soccer, skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, dancing, travelling and spending quality time with family and friends. He enjoyed people, and the community that he lived and worked in. Joe took an early retirement to devote more time to these. Joe passed away peacefully on September 14th, 2012 in Polson Special Care facility at Vernon Jubilee Hospital due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Joe is survived by his wife, Donna, of 42 years; his sons, Daryll (Dahnis and Cameron) and Brian and his father Joe Antoniszak. He was predeceased by his brother, Marshall, in 1979 and his mother, Stefanie in April, 2012.

Our family would like to sincerely thank the local Alzheimer Society of B. C., Vernon Mental Health, IHA Community Care staff, Dr. R. Mori, Dr. H. Raupach, and especially Dr. M. Abdel-Kader and the wonderful staff at Polson Special Care wing of Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their excellent care and support.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life, September 22nd, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Schubert Center banquet room, followed by a dance in honour of Joe’s birthday and life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B. C., #300, 828 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B. C. V5Z 5L2 or Polson Residential Care, Polson Special, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B. C. V1T 5L2.

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