On December 16, 2016 Earl Korzenoski at the age of 86 passed away peacefully at his home in Vernon, British Columbia with his wife Nellie (Holomay) at his side as well as his children. Earl faced his illness with courage, grace and dignity.
He leaves behind his daughters Bernice, Heather (Harry), Audrey (Glen), Kim (Doug) and son Earl (Catherine) plus his 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He had a special bond with all of his sons- in-law Harry, Rob, Doug, Willie and Glen. As well he will be missed by his brother Edward and wife Florence, plus his sister Jane and Dennis.
Earl was predeceased by his son Lloyd, mother Pauline, father John, brother Malcolm, sisters Stella, Frankie and Lillian as well as his relatives Mike and Annie Holomay, Stella and Melvin Prokopowich, Tillie and Bert Ouelette, Adam Posyniak, Edward and Nick Holomay, George and Barry Persunka, Bob Stretch, Mike Stykylo and Frank Puchailo.
Earl took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments through the years. He was their greatest cheerleader and was always there to lean on when life was tough. Nothing would stop him from visiting his family even the many miles he had to travel to maintain contact . He is remembered by his large hands that would hold you with lovingness.
Earl was born in Venlaw, Manitoba on April 8, 1930 and grew up and worked on the farm with his family. He worked in Sudbury, Ontario cutting pulp wood as a teenager. Earl and Nellie were married on October 1, 1952; they met when Nellie was teaching in the one room school in Venlaw, where they lived for two years on the farm. They were married for sixty- four wonderful years. Earl and Nellie moved to Toronto Ontario where Earl worked in a car factory. From there they moved to Atikokan, Ontario; first working driving a taxi then working in the mine. Earl had an accident while working at the mine and spent several months in Toronto Hospital ; he did not let this define his life. From there the family moved first to Gilbert Plains, Manitoba for a short period of time and then to Grandview, Manitoba where they raised their family for twelve years. Earl managed the B/A oil plant and worked closely with many farmers in the community. He was on Town Council in Grandview. He then ran his farm equipment business with his brother Malcolm. In 1971 they moved to Brandon for one year and then moved to Norway House, Manitoba for another twelve years. Earl was the Superintendent of Operations for the Frontier School Division during this time. From there they moved to Fort Nelson, British Columbia where he worked for Northern Metallic. In 1985 they moved to Salmon Arm with the intention of retiring. Within the next year Earl & Nellie operated an Esso station in Sicamous, British Columbia for three years. He officially retried when he was 60. They continued to live in Sicamous for twenty-four years. They moved to Kelowna in 2014 and then to Vernon in 2016. As demonstrated by his strong work ethic Earl proved that working hard had great rewards. His commitment to family was shown everyday in his life through his actions.
Earl lived his life with a strong sense of fairness, honesty and integrity in his personal life, with his family and his working relationships. He always kept himself busy living life fully. He had many passions including farming, hunting, golfing, cutting firewood, fishing, boating, walking, cooking and fixing all sorts of running machines. He liked to travel and when he did he included as many of his family members as he could, sometimes driving a caravan throughout the provinces and Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Earl always had his doors open to his home. Over the years family stayed for long periods of time sometimes working with him at his businesses and sharing their lives with him. Earl helped in the raising of his grandchildren; with some living with him for many years. Earl loved being a mentor and friend to the people in his life. He was willing to share his time, energy and wisdom with all.
Earl had a great sense of humor and loved to tease everyone. Earl’s motto was laugh as often as you breathe. He showed us how to be open and accept change, how to be excited about life and new experiences and created many life long memories to all that he touched.
Earl loved to drive. He would take his family for their regular Sunday drives after Church, sometimes to the farm to visit and work with relatives and sometimes just to drive and explore the country roads. Picking wild fruits and mushrooms was a particular joy for everyone. When living in Norway House the drive to Grandview included a long drive on winter ice roads with ice raising behind him as he travelled. He taught us to be brave and to try even if you thought you would fail; he was encouraging and loving.
Earl loved living and working in Norway House; he enjoyed fishing trips and would charter planes from Gary Long with family and friends. In particular, Earl loved working with the people of the community. He was a leader of people and mentored many. He is still fondly remembered in Norway House.
Earl followed the world events of news and had a love of politics. He always loved to carry on great conversations related to the latest news and would share the events with others.
Earl had a special love for his pets Jake, Billy and Cam. They were part of his family and went on all trips with him.
Our memories of him holding all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will forever be in our hearts. His spirit will always be present in our minds and hearts.
Those wishing to honor Earl’s memory may do so by changing your oil regularly and keeping your fuel tank on the top half.
A celebration of life will occur in the future. Earl will be loved and missed by all his family and many life long friends through eternity. He has left us all with many precious memories.
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