It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph Franciscus Kalfics at age 78.
He was born on October 11, 1943,
in Heerlen, Holland. He came to Canada in 1956. He left this world peaceful with his family at his side on September 4, 2022. Joe was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Joyce. Joseph leaves behind his daughters Sherie (Cameron) Loring and Nickie (Robert) LaSaga, both will miss him dearly. He was deceased by both his parents, Gerda and Joseph Kalfics and his youngest brother Frankie. His 2 remaining sisters Anna Fulop and Kathy (John) Aartsen will mourn with us. He was loved by all his grandchildren Jordan (Shannon), Jared (Shaylene), Brendan, Mirranda (Ricky), Caila, Cherrise, Bryson (Theresa), Baylie (Colin), Kaycie (Steven) and Julian.

Merritt has been his home since 1967. Joe loved his community and his church. He was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus at the Sacred Heart Parish. He made lifelong friends that will remember his sense of humor, wisdom, and his incredible stories.

Joseph’s heart was broken after losing his lifelong love last year. Their one wish was to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary which will be April 7, 2023. Joe’s health was declining, and his body was tired, thankfully Our Heavenly Father took his home to rest and be with his wife to have their “Last Waltz” together.

So many hearts are feeling sadness because he was here and was loved.

Messages of condolences can be expressed to the family online at Kamloops Funeral Home.

Catholic Service will be held at the Sacred Heart Parish, Merritt BC on October 8,2022 at 11:00am. Reception and Interment to follow.

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17 Tributes

  1. Betty Ann McDonnell
    Posted September 10, 2022 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I will be forever grateful that Creator brought Joe & Joyce into my life as a teen. I will carry them both in my heart. I have wonderful memories to tide me through. I send much love to both girls and their families. I remember Joe singing loud and proud,I am sure he will join the heavenly choir. Give Joyce a hug for me Joe. I will miss you both.❤

  2. Carianne Bob
    Posted September 10, 2022 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    My deepest condolences to Joe family. I was one of Joe’s students at Coldwater school. I remember I failed grade 8 science and Joe was there to help me through it. I couldn’t understand it at all but he never gave up on me and tried to explain it in every way he could think of. Thank you Joe for not giving up on me. May you Rest In Peace note and be with your beloved. Until we meet again….

  3. Jackie Aljam
    Posted September 10, 2022 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    My condolences to his family and friends! He had taught me at Coldwater School, best teacher in my life to date! Sending love and light to all

  4. Marie Davis
    Posted September 10, 2022 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear òf your loss. Joe was like almost like an icon. Everyone knew him. He will be missed.

  5. Harold Aljam
    Posted September 11, 2022 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Joe always wanted the best for the students he taught and took pride in his teaching students and there are many.
    Joe and I had some good discussions and planning sessions, and to work with we had.

  6. Marilyn Oppenheim
    Posted September 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    My condolences sent to Joe’s family. I had the honour of working with Joe at the Coldwater School. Joe was a great teacher. Teaching the students dancing lessons, stamp collecting, cooking breakfast for the students. I was always scared to go to Joe‘a on Halloween never knew where he would be hiding. Enjoyed going to Game On for wings. Always nice to visit with Joe & Joyce. I wished we had the chance to meet up with Joe for wings. Joe you are going to missed Dearly.

  7. Myrna Tokaryk
    Posted September 14, 2022 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear about Bill passing! I thought it was you Sharon, thats why I,ve never sent my condolences. Take care and keep well. Hoping to hear from you at Christmas! My condolences to you and your family! Myrna

  8. Linda Baird
    Posted September 15, 2022 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    What a shock to hear Joe had died. I first met Joe when he was Recording Secretary For United Steelworkers Union at Craigmont. Lots of fond memories of Christmas parties and dancing. He loved to polka(always with his square hat(handkerchief)on. Worked with Joe for many years-first on a tutoring program and then at Coldwater School.
    Will miss his pranks and jokes.
    Rest in Peace old friend!
    Linda Baird

  9. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    The one thing that gives me joy is that they are together. Missing my parents so much.

  10. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    He loved his students. He loved teaching. He learned just as much from all of you as you did from him.

  11. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    He was an amazing teacher, not just in school but also in life.

  12. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    He truly was an icon. One of kind. Unsung hero. His is missed everyday.

  13. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    He truly loved teaching and always seen the best in every one of his students.

  14. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    He was a great teacher and loved his students. The more they learnt the prouder he was. Yes Dad loved Halloween, the scarier the better. He spoke highly of your Game On wing nights.

  15. Nickie
    Posted September 18, 2022 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Linda, he thought so highly of you. The stories he told. We will honour his ‘party hat’ whenever the opportunity arises.

  16. Kim Woodland
    Posted September 21, 2022 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Had the honour of being neighbours with Joe (& Joyce) for 13 years. Such a kind, wonderful neighbour. Will miss our driveway chats! Rest in Peace.

  17. Nickie
    Posted September 23, 2022 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    He was always kind and caring. Never gave up an opportunity to chat with anyone.

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