Steve Kiriaka

December 24, 2012 2 Condolences Print Obituary

On December 15, 2012, Mr Steve Kiriaka passed away at the age of 79 years old.

Steve is survived by his wife Margit (Jeppensen), sons Walter, James and Roger, grandson John and numerous relatives. Predeceased by his parents, George and Helen and siblings, Mike, Walter and Sonja. Steve's family arrived from Poland in 1939 and farmed at Moon Lake, Alberta.

Viewing
6:30PM - 7:30PM Thursday December 27, 2012
Trinity Funeral Home 12134-66 Street

Funeral Services
12:00PM Friday December 28, 2012
St Michaels Extended Care Chapel 7404-139 Avenue

Internment
St Michaels Cemetery

Memorial Donations
St Michaels Extended Care
7404-139 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5C 3H7

Conversely a donation may also be made to the Hope Mission Society

  1. Dear Wally, Jimmy, and Roger,

    It is always hard when a parent passes away. It brings out many feelings. Tom and I have also been thinking of your Dad, and decided to write you all a little letter about your Father.

    Steve: A Memorial

    We remember Steve as the good looking guy with bright blue eyes that Margit brought home to meet her family. When they married, a few of us sneaked into their hotel room, and sprinkled corn flakes all over. Luckily, Margit and Steve took it with a sense of humor, and forgave us.

    Steve was very proud of his parents and his heritage. Bente was lucky enough to join Steve, Margit, and two of their babies for an overnight visit to his parents. He was very good to his parents, who eventually lived with Steve and Margit.

    Steve was very close to his brother, Mike, and it was very hard for him when Mike passed away. Steve cared about his family. He told us that he would always love Margit. He also declared his love for his Wally, Jimmy, and Roger, and had his hair clippers ready for them everytime they needed a haircut.

    Besides being good to his parents, he was good to his mother-in-law, Helga. One summer, Steve, Margit, Wally, Jimmy, Roger, and Grannie Helga travelled by truck and camper to Vernon to visit us. Whenever we visited the family in Edmonton, Steve made us all feel welcome, and was kind to our children.

    Steve was a farmer at heart, and could grow anything. He took pride in everything he grew.

    Steve was an intelligent man, who had a good sense of humor. We still remember his jokes, especially the one about the greyhound. We still laugh because he didn’t favor any political party. Intead he would say, “They are all a bunch of crooks”, and then laugh.

    It was so nice that Steve spent his last years being cared for in a Ukrainian nursing home because he was so proud of his ancestry, and the Orthodox church. The first time Tom visited him there, Steve recognized Tom from across the room, and lit up like a Christmas tree. That was a nice feeling for Tom as he was Steve’s best man, and Steve was one of the men who stood up for Tom at our wedding.

    Steve, you have entered a better place now, but you have left Wally, Jimmy, Roger, and Margit with the knowledge that you loved them.

    Rest in peace, Tom and Bente

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kiriaka family in this time of loss. May the God of all comfort provide you with comfort and peace during this difficult time. (2Corinthians 1:3, 4)

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