April 22, 1923 - July 31, 2019
Emil Marciski of McCreary passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the age of 96 years.
Emil was born in McCreary, Manitoba to Joseph and Sophie Marcicki, the youngest of five children. When Emil was only three weeks old, the family moved to southeast Saskatchewan where his father worked in the coal mines. They lived in the mining town of Taylorton, near Estevan. It was here that Emil first went to school, made many friends and had childhood adventures along the banks of the Souris River.
In 1933, when Emil was 10, the family moved back to Manitoba and settled on a farm in the Glenhope district east of McCreary. Here Emil made many new friends, got to know relatives he hadn’t met before and adapted to farm life. He attended nearby Armstrong school.
In World War II, when his older brothers left to join the armed forces, he had to stay behind to help run the family farm. Later he took over the farm and this love of the land stayed with him for his entire life.
In July 1954, Emil married Viola Law of McCreary. They continued to live on the farm in Glenhope and Viola taught school. While they lived here, son Dale and daughter Kathryn were born.
Then in 1966, the family moved to Alonsa where Emil worked for the LGD of Alonsa. In 1967, the family moved again, this time to a farm just on the east side of McCreary. It was here that daughter Pamela and son Stephen were born.
Emil continued to farm but he also worked for many years at the nearby McCreary-Alonsa Health Centre and as a School Bus Driver for the Turtle River School Division.
Emil was very community minded and volunteered his time and efforts for many organizations and projects including the local 4-H Beef Club, the Lions Club, the McCreary History Book committee, McCreary Heritage committee, Knox United Church and many others. He used his driving skills to take various school bus trips to Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC and to drive the local Handy-Van.
Emil and Vi were very social and they loved going out to meet people or welcoming them in their home. One might frequently see them in the local cafe or on the dance floor. They loved their family dearly and were very generous with them all.
After Vi passed away, Emil moved to the Alpine Manor in McCreary. He enjoyed his time there. The staff and the other residents also became part of his extended family.
Emil remained healthy and active right up until his last days. He still drove and loved getting out to meet people. He had an amazing memory and could drive down virtually any road in the municipality and tell you the history of who lived where and for how long. He is one of the last of his generation.
Emil was predeceased by wife Vi in 2013 and grandson Davis in 2003. He was also predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Sophie, his sister Katie (Andrew) Duchnycz, brothers Michael (Marjorie), Albert (Helen) and Walter (Anne, Jeanette). Also predeceased by Vi’s parents Reginald and Emily Law and her siblings Orval (Mable) Law, Dora (Seldon) Buchanan, Jack (Eva) Law, Clarence (Josie) Law, Len (Gladys) Law, Harold (Doris) Law, Merle (Joe) Newman, Russell Law.
He is survived by - son Dale (Gina) Marciski of Winnipeg and grandson Geoffrey, - daughter Kathryn (Carl) Walton of Winnipeg, grandson Andrew (Katia) of Tbilisi, Georgia and grandson Christopher, - daughter Pamela (Russell) Sul of Alonsa, granddaughter Taylor (Lucas) Johnston of Dauphin, grandson RJ Russell Jeremy - and by son Stephen (Jennifer) of Dauphin, grandson Beau (Paige) Pogany and great granddaughter Laiklynn, granddaughter Sydney and grandson Owen. He is survived by one brother-in-law Norman Law of McCreary. Emil is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the McCreary Community Centre with Norma Windle officiating. A private interment in the McCreary Municipal Cemetery took place prior to the service.
If friends so desire, charitable donations may be made to McCreary Swimming Pool, the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities or to a charity of one's choice.
Sneath-Strilchuk -McCreary Chapel
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