Joe Jersak went to be with his Lord on October 21, 2019 at the age of 88 Years.
Joe was born on the family farm in the Floradale District to William and Eugenia Jersak. He attended the Floradale country school from grades 1-8.
As a teenager, he accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour. He was baptized and continued to live out his faith for the rest of his life.
At 14, Joe began farming with his Dad. This came about after his Dad announced that he needed help with spring work. Joe threw his school books into a gunny sack, got onto his horse Queenie, and left school, never to return. He farmed with his Dad and brother until his marriage.
On July 8, 1953 he married Ruth Vinter. They experienced 66 years of commitment to one another through life’s joys and sorrows. They were blessed with 5 children who filled their lives with love and laughter.
During their marriage, Joe worked tirelessly on their small mixed farm with his partner, Ruth, to make ends meet. As the years went by, the farm operation expanded. His meticulous approach to farming, aided by advancements in technology and his complete trust in God led to his successful career.
Joe was always ready to help his family wherever he was needed, whether that was helping build and fix houses in Alberta, helping look after grandkids, or giving moral support.
He volunteered his time and talents in many capacities with the following organizations: The Czech Baptist Church, Wellman Lake Baptist Camp, Fields of Jubilee, Keystone Agricultural Producers and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He also sang in the Church Choir and was instrumental in the building of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Joe enjoyed several memorable trips with Ruth to the Czech Republic, Hawaii, Mexico and Australia.
He was fiercely competitive when he participated in baseball, curling, bowling, golfing and playing card games with family.
Joe was a great family man and a man of integrity. He treated the people with whom he did business with respect and loyalty. In return, these businessmen respected and admired him. His wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren filled his life with joy. His cheeky sense of humour put a smile on the face of everyone he met and will be dearly missed.
Joe is survived by his wife Ruth; his 5 children, Betty (Paul) Schaufele; Tim (Grace) Jersak; Melodie (Ian) Hunt; Dianne (Dave) Brown, Luella (Ron) Krueger; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Ann Moravec, Helen LeTissier and Evelyn (John) Ozdan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by parents, William and Eugenia Jersak; in-laws Karel and Olga Vinter; brother Jerry (Mary) Jersak; brothers-in-law Jerry Moravec and Leonard LeTissier.
Verses that Joe lived by were Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths.
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