With great sadness the family of Ernie Koshuta announces his passing on July 22, 2022, at the age of 82, following a brief battle with cancer.
Ernie is lovingly survived by Joan Koshuta (Messeroll), his wife of 58 years and their children, Janet (Ferdie), Jeff (Judy), Judy (Matthew) and Jill (Steve) as well as their eight beautiful grandchildren: Makayla, Kennedy, Danica, Ronan, Chloe, Lily, Ashton, and Claudia. He will also be missed dearly by the many other members of his extended family.
Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Steve & Florence Koshuta and his sister, Alyce Shavchook.
Ernie was born in Vegreville on July 20, 1940, and grew up on a farm near the hamlet of Beauvallon, AB. While his parents farmed their land, he attended school with his sister Alyce in Myrnam, where he graduated in 1959. From there he attended SAIT in Calgary and graduated with a diploma in laboratory sciences. This education led him to apply for work at Atomic Energy Canada in Chalk River, ON where he met Joan Messeroll. Joan & Ernie were married on Dec 28, 1963, in Deep River, ON and settled in Pinawa, MB. Ernie was not finished with his education and enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan with the Faculty of Engineering. Ernie and Joan moved to Saskatoon so he could pursue his dream of becoming a civil engineer. He convocated in 1970 and began work with the City of Saskatoon. In January 1971, Ernie & Joan welcomed twins – Janet & Jeff. This was followed by daughter Judy, born in April 1974 and daughter Jill, born in May 1981. Ernie’s engineering work led the family on many adventures throughout western Canada: Prince Albert, SK, Vegreville, AB, Stony Plain & Spruce Grove, AB, Bella Bella, BC, Edmonton, AB and finally Lloydminster, AB, where he retired from work in July 2010 at the age of 70. Ernie was well respected throughout his practice of engineering, and he loved to connect with his clients at the community level. Towards the end of his career, he really enjoyed mentoring a new generation of young engineers. Ernie is a Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS).
In his youth, Ernie was an avid fastball player, in the key role of pitcher. He was also a natural athlete and stayed busy playing ball, hockey, badminton, and golf. Following retirement, Ernie returned to his love of sports, both playing and watching! But it was golf he truly enjoyed and would play as many rounds as he could. Ernie was a Marshal at the Stony Plain Golf Course and when he was not marshalling, he was on the course. Ernie was skilled enough to claim a hole-in-one as one of his life achievements!
Travel was another interest of Ernie’s. He and Joan looked forward to their annual winter vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC where they would connect with family and friends. This proved to be an excellent place to seek out new and exciting golf courses. Ernie loved to drive, and road trips were a family favorite. There were many road trips ‘out east’ to visit extended family and explore other parts of the country.
Perhaps it was the farm boy in him, but Ernie knew how to keep a beautiful garden. From vegetables to flowers, Ernie kept his yard immaculate, and the grandchildren loved to eat fresh peas and strawberries straight off the vines. His lilies and gladiolas were wonderful to see every summer.
Ernie faced his cancer diagnosis and treatment with great courage. Despite what he was facing, he maintained his sense of humour and always had a smile for his family. There have been many ways that others have characterized Ernie, using words such as smart, genuine, patient, kind and fun-loving.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove, AB) on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 11am, officiated by Father Paul Moret. Visitation will precede the Mass from 10-11am at the same location. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery (Century Road & Diamond Ave., Spruce Grove).
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the entire care team at the Cross Cancer Institute and Pilgrims Hospice for their kindness, care and support shown to Ernie and his family during his stay there.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating directly to Pilgrims Hospice Society at https://pilgrimshospice.com/.
Serenity Funeral Service
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