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Peter Robert Poletz

May 20, 1930 - December 31, 2023

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Peter Poletz was born on May 20, 1930 to Samuel and Annie Poletz. His parents immigrated to Canada from Russia and his mother spoke little to no English, making it difficult to communicate, especially when her husband was away. As a family in difficult times, they managed. They farmed and raised children, and all children contributed in the daily operations of the farm as was needed especially since his mother suffered with rheumatoid arthritis, making tasks very difficult and painful with her crippled hands. The family settled south of Biggar in the Zealandia area. Peter was the youngest son and sibling to Annie, Adam, Samuel, George, Nick, Gladys and Ria. The family eventually moved to the homestead north-east of Biggar in the Louvain district. Peter worked hard and helped his family on the farm and eventually met and then married Edna Tarasenko in 1950. They eventually farmed the homestead area. They retired in Biggar, with the farm taken over by son, Calvin.

Peter and Edna together worked on the farm, and at times off the farm as well in different positions. Peter and Edna raised four children, Barry, Calvin, Darryl and Valerie. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Sylvester “Sam” and Annie Poletz; his sister Annie (Laurent) Lovenuk; his brothers Sam (Evelyn) Poletz, Nick (Ria) Poletz, George Poletz, Adam (Alexandra) Poletz; brothers-in-law Sam Savostianik, Robert “Bob” McGratten; and his daughter-in-law Kim Poletz.

Hi is survived by his loving and faithful wife, Edna; sisters, Ria McGratten and Gladys Savostianik; sister-in-law Bernice Poletz; his children, Barry (Margaret) Poletz, Calvin (Denise) Poletz, Darryl (Brenda) Poletz and Valerie (Phil) Ozeroff; fifteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Peter can be remembered by his natural talent for singing, playing his guitar and being a lefty! He had a talent also for storytelling and hours would pass as he captivated his listeners. He enjoyed the outdoors, his yard and their farm in earlier years.

In lieu of flowers, Peter would like donations to be made to Kinsmen Telemiracle or The Canadian Cancer Society.

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