CHOLAK, Alvin “Al” Norman

June 2, 1941 – April 1, 2022
Our beloved husband, dad, brother, and Papa, Alvin “Al” Cholak was called to his eternal home on April 1, 2022, at the age of 80.
Alvin was born in Lamont, Alberta and he grew up on the farm enjoying nature and its bounty. Along with the farm, Alvin’s family owned and operated Midway, a store, fuel station, and a theatre at one time, which was the hub of the community for many years. Alvin would often share stories of his childhood as his early years helped him learn the value of hard work, perseverance, family, and connecting with others.
He was a natural salesman and loved being with people and getting to know them. He was very proud of his Ukrainian/Romanian heritage and looked forward to traditional Ukrainian celebrations with lots of food, family and friends, and good times around a full table. He had a witty sense of humour that never failed to make us laugh.
Alvin loved the Lord, being at church, sharing his faith, reading a good book, spending time with family, and being his wife’s sous chef. There always seemed to be something cooking in the Cholak household, often a pot of homemade soup on the stove – everyone was invited to come in and sit down for a spell to enjoy at least one bowl of soup with a piece of rye bread and a cup of tea.
Alvin was a die-hard Oilers, Elks, and Blue Jays fan. He enjoyed watching sports of all types and kept up to date on the current sports world. He loved going to games to cheer on his hometown favourites and enjoyed watching with his grandkids.
Although Alvin loved to tell stories, he absolutely loved being with people and hearing their stories. He would ask questions and truly listened when others would share with him. Alvin demonstrated traits of patience, love, determination, faith, and courage everyday. He was a role model to us all as he lived his life with a kind and generous heart. We are incredibly blessed to have had him in our family and to have shared many memories together. We will miss him dearly, but we are rejoicing that he is in paradise with Jesus.
Alvin is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 54 years, Jadwiga (nee Gorka); his daughters Leanne (Harvey) Powers, Christy (Darcy) Morin, and Jackie (Eric) Fournier; his grandchildren Allison (Joel) Toews, Zachary Morin, Carson and Molly Powers, and Jackson and Jade Fournier; his siblings Jean Berreth, Leonard Cholak, and Donna Swanson; sisters-in-law Halina Boisvert, Elizabeth (Rick) Redl; and numerous other family members and friends.
He is predeceased by his parents, Michael and Anne Cholak; brothers-in-law Ben Boisvert, Ernie Swanson, and Ken Berreth, and many other loved ones, who he has now been reunited with.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to: the U of A hospital team, the Good Samaritan Seniors Clinic, Bayshore caregivers, AHS physicians, home care workers, and community paramedics. Each of you have had a part in caring for Alvin over the last year and a half, and as a family, we are so grateful for your compassion and kindness as you did your job with excellence.
A celebration of Alvin’s life will be held on Wednesday April 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Life Church, Edmonton. For those wishing to view the service on line, please refer to the following link:
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Arts on the Ave at or ShareWord Global at
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalms 91:1-2

Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel

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Heather Asimos

What a man… passionate, faithful & driven to make and encourage Christ followers & disciples. Uncle Alvin is one of the reasons that I serve the church in the ministry of music. He once said to me, “God has given you a gift and you have worked hard to cultivate that gift. Are you going to let it go to waste or use it for the Kingdom of God? I have been ministering in the church since I was 19 and I still am today. Thank you Uncle. I know that Jesus welcomed Uncle Al into heaven with, “Great work, my good and faithful servant.” But thank God uncle is His the Lord’s friend and son as well. Blessings to you all, my family. <3

Judy Ellett Pedersen

A fitting tribute today to Alvin. Such a good man! With deepest sympathy & love to Jadwiga, Leanne, Christy, Jackie and families.

Judy & Doug


Such a beautiful, amazing life Alvin lived and shared with his remarkable family. Passing along the value of hard work, perseverance, family, and connection with others shines brightly in your family. I share my heartfelt compassion with you in your loss.

Rosanna Cholak

Sorry that we have lost someone like Alvin and he was very family orientated and would stop and talk to catch up on life when we were in the same places,Now he is no longer the busy man he was and has lots of time to spend listening to the world of sports

Sherwin &Georgina Cholak

Dear Jadwiga and Family,
We are very sorry that we are unable to attend Alvin’s funeral. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult and sad time. May God Bless you with peace and comfort. Treasure your memories.
Sherwin & Georgina

Laura Schular

Your words are a beautiful summary of a life from which many books could be written! As a young mom of three small children, I so appreciated his care and his wisdom.
I’m smiling as I remember the way he took time with my kids.❤️He was a treasure.

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