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John Kostelyk
April 18, 1933 - April 9, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">John Kostelyk, 83, of Sherwood Park passed peacefully from this world into the arms of Jesus in the early morning hours of April 9, 2017. He leaves behind Nell (nee Budding), his loving wife of 60 years, as well as 7 children, John(Marcia) of Sherwood Park, Winnie (Rod) of Strathmore, Aneta (Dave) of Kamloops, BC, Don (Gladys) of Edmonton, Deanne (Matthew) of Langley, BC, Ed (Laurie) of Sherwood Park, and Mark (Sharla) of Sherwood Park, more than 30 grandchildren, and over 20 great-grandchildren, with several on the way; brother Harry, sisters Ankie and Nelly, and numerous extended family. He was predeceased by his parents Jan and Agatha (nee Veldman) Kostelyk, brother Jaap, sisters Maria (infant), Trudy, and Maria. <br><br> John was born on April 18, 1933, the eldest of 8 children, in Broek op Langendijk in Holland. At the age of 19, he flew to Canada as an approved and sponsored farmworker, obtaining his landed immigrant status card in Gander, Newfoundland. He worked on farms in Edmonton and Pitt Meadows, and finally obtained a job at the sawmill in Port Alberni. Here he met Nell and they married August 11, 1956 at the Christian Reformed Church. John farmed many years with Prairie Mushrooms in Sherwood Park, eventually owning his own family mushroom farm for several years in Surrey, BC, before returning as operator of Prairie Mushrooms until his retirement. <br><br>He will be remembered for his strong quiet faith, deep commitment to his wife and family, modelling a loving and accepting father, great work ethic, gentle spirit, quick sense of humour, and kindness towards people and animals. John loved long drives, camping, reading, listening to music while playing online adventure and puzzle games, and enjoying coffee and lekkers (sweets!) with his loved ones. He always enjoyed a good laugh!<br><br>He was loved and respected by all who knew him, is deeply missed, and will never be forgotten. Special thanks to the caring hospice staff at Capital Care Norwood.<br><br> In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to World Vision or Hope International.<br></div>