Joseph “Joe” Florian Staldeker passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in Palm Springs, CA, while vacationing with his dear wife Joan. Joe was born in Major, Saskatchewan on September 30, 1930. He spent most of his youth in Saskatchewan and moved to Ponoka in 1953 where he farmed near Menaik overpass. The timid and shy Joe met the love of his life, Joan Trainor, at CYO and they were united in marriage on his 28th birthday in 1958. Joe and Joan moved into Ponoka in 1961 where he worked as a cook, for 29 years, at the Alberta Hospital. Joe shared his gift of music by entertaining others with his mandolin, bass guitar and harmonizing voice. He played and volunteered for over 40 years with the Church Choir, The Sunshine Singers, Vera & Friends, The Yodlin’ Cowboys and many other bands. For the past 55 years, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe spent many hours dedicated to prayer which exemplified a strong faith to us all, including the students at St. Augustine School, where he assisted in leading the weekly rosary. “Gentle Joe” will always be remembered for his sparkling blue eyes and kind and loving nature. Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joan, of 52 years and five children. Three daughters, Janet (Marc) Barbey, Judi (Bill) Churchill, Joanne (Rollie) Comeau and two sons, Michael (Linda) Staldeker and David (Corrine) Staldeker; eleven grandchildren, Heather (Michael) Barbey, Danielle Barbey, Brandon Churchill, Casey Churchill, Chelsea (BJ) Houghton, Andre Comeau, Nick Comeau, Christie (Michael) Chrunik, Kristen (Doug) Staldeker, Chase Staldeker, Maree Staldeker; Three great grandchildren, Zoey, Joshua and James. He is also survived by three brothers, Alex (Joyce) Staldeker, Aloys Staldeker, Victor (Rose) Staldeker, two sisters, Katy (Mel) Adams and Isabel (Tom) Klug. Joe was pre-deceased by his sister, Mary Young, parents Albinus and Scholastica Staldeker and grandson Kyle Churchill. A Prayer Vigil will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Ponoka where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m.. The Interment Service will follow at Forest Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Ponoka FCSS Cancer Fund, S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, Edmonton or St. Augustine Parish Building Fund. To express condolences to Joe’s family, visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
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