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Tom Starosielski

February 3, 1930 - March 8, 2016


It is with heartfelt loss and gentle relief that the family of Tom Starosielski (Husband, Father & Grandfather) of Ashmont, announce his passing on Tuesday March 8, 2016, at the age of 86 years.Family and farming were always incredibly important to him. They were his passions and the foundation of his life.

Big Tom was well known for his exuberant and boisterous personality throughout the land. His strength of character and determination was evident throughout his life. At a young age he finished high school, grabbed an axe, and the following day started to brush his home quarter by hand. Tom’s dedication and love for farming lasted right up until November of last year. His legacy of hard work will be remembered and modeled for years to come.Tom felt blessed with his beautiful family and enjoyed watching his children grow up and succeed in their own lives. Each new grandchild brought even more happiness and fulfillment. Tom took exceptional pride in his home and in the work he did to grow his farm and was proud to win the Farmstead Beautification award in 1982.The family is forever grateful to relatives, friends and neighbors for all of their acts of kindness, offerings of help and sympathy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Doreen; 3 sons, Tom D. (Heather) Starosielski & Ivan Starosielski both of Ashmont & Richard (Rita) Starosielski of Indiana; daughter, Iris (Chad) Cundliffe of Bermuda; 8 grandchildren, Mienna, Kaela, Rylan, Taryn, Trevor, Sunita, Anita & Bobby; 2 brothers, Emil (Sheila) Starosielski of Ashmont & John Starosielski of St. Paul; sister, Gloria (George) Cotton of Glendon; numerous nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John & Anna Starosielski; brother, John, who passed at 10 years old in Ukraine; 2 sisters, Mary Labant & Stella Friel; 2 nephews, Joseph Labant & Emil Jr. Starosielski. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel, St. Paul. Reverend Father Mark Sych will be officiating, with interment in Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Spedden. If desired, donations may be made to Haying in the 30's (Cancer Support Society) c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Bill & Odette Misiewich
Relation: neighbor/friend

Our sincere condolences to Doreen and all the family on the recent loss of husband , father, and grandfather. May his soul rest in peace.

From: Andrea and Jimmy Weinmeier

Tom Sr lived his life exactly how he wanted; he will be remembered with respect and kindness. So sorry for your loss, may all the wonderful memories help you through this sad time.

From: Susan Landiak and Ross Castor

So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy for the family during this difficult time.


To the Starosielski family:

We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, Gerald and I are unable to attend the service but our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. May all your memories give you strength in the difficult days to come.

From: The Wowk Family
Relation: Friend

I would like to send my sympathies to Mrs. Starosielski and Tom, Ivan, Richard and Iris. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thinking of you guys in your memorial. Lawren & Lori Wowk

From: Peter Fedirchuk
Relation: Uncle

Doreen, Ivan and Tom Jr., please accept my condolences. Your “Big Tom” was my Uncle Tom and the older brother I never had. We became quick friends when I first met him in 1980, and with his telephone calls over the past 36 years he has remained a cherished person to me.
I will miss him for ever, as I know you will also. He was one of a kind, in so many good ways.
Peace and strength to all of you.
With Great Respect, Peter Fedirchuk (Son of Pauline Hnatko)

From: Jennifer Lawton-Godziuk
Relation: Friend of the children

Thinking of your family, Mrs. Starosielski, Tom & Heather, Ivan, Richard, Iris, and and your families, and wishing that you will feel the love and support of your family, friends, and neighbours during this time and the days ahead. Vichnaya Pamyiat, Mr. Starosielski. His big smile and booming voice will be remembered.

From: Cindy (Hartley) Sogge-Schurek
Relation: Neighbour

Growing up on a nearby farm Tom and his family were frequent in my life. He always put a smile on my face with his booming voice. You will be missed. God bless, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of great sadness.
Tommy mom and dad also send condolences and regrets for not being able to attend funeral as they were in the states.
Bless you and your family…

From: Don and Norma Cole
Relation: Friends

To Doreen and Iris and your families: Our sincere condolences to you all in your loss of Tom. Our lives intertwined every year Iris and Warren and their wonderful group of academic high achievers spent together at Ashmont School, and we just want you to know you’re still in our thoughts at this sad time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 14, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel
5626 - 51 Street
St Paul, AB Canada

5626 - 51 Street
St Paul, AB Canada

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