In Loving Memory Of

John William Stanich

April 28, 1924 - August 13, 2012


John Stanich, longtime resident of Rycroft, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Q.E.II Hospital in Grande Prairie on August 13, 2012 at the age of 88 years. John was born April 28, 1924 at Robb, Alberta, the eldest of 10 children to Peter and Pauline Stanich. His father was a shareholder in a coalmine and worked there until the mine was sold in 1928. At age four, with his parents and two younger siblings, they moved to the Silverwood district south of Rycroft. There his seven other siblings were born, two of which passed away as infants. In 1930 he began his schooling at the Silverwood School. There he completed grades 1-8. After completing grade 9 in Rycroft, John left school to take a more active role on the farm. As his brothers grew older they worked together with their father on the family farm. With much hard work the farm prospered so that they were able to replace their teams of horses with the first John Deere tractor that was brought into the Central Peace area. At harvest time the brothers worked on thrashing crews that travelled the area. Eventually they purchased their own thrashing machine. They were hired to thrash at the Ewanchuk farm north of Kadot Lake, and that is where John met his future bride Jenny. They were married August 1, 1953 in Rycroft. During the winter months John worked for Dika Brothers north of Hines Creek falling trees for their Sawmill while Jenny cooked in camp. Other winter employment included cutting pulpwood near Webster, hauling water for seismic in the NWT, and gravel hauling in summer for the construction of the Dunvegan Bridge. In 1954 their first son Harvey was born, later followed by their only daughter Rennie, and sons Peter and Jonathon. In the early 80’s the brothers dissolved their farming partnership and John continued farming with Jenny and Jonathon on their own land southeast of Rycroft. Jenny’s love of gardening was evident by the little piece of paradise she and her family created together on the farm. John and Jonathon enjoyed many successful harvests over the years. In 2003 John and Jenny celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Sadly on April 5, 2007 Jenny passed away from cancer. John continued living at home, being involved in all aspects of the farm with Jonathon until his passing. Over the years John was actively involved in the Spirit River REA; MD 133 Volunteer Fire Dept; Rycroft Ag. Society and St. Patrick’s Church Board of Wanham. John loved farming, family get-togethers, fire pits at the farm, playing pool, crib, shuffle board and was an avid reader. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere and had a wonderful sense of humor. He won several trophies for grains, grasses, belt setting, log sawing, crib and even a potato peeling contest at the Northern Winter Frolic. He will be greatly missed by son Harvey (Sharon), granddaughter Robin; daughter Rennie (Ken) Cissell, all of Grande Prairie; son Peter (Lottie), grandson Noah-John (Romey) all of Denver, Colorado; son Jonathon of Rycroft; brothers Steve, Robert (Leila); sisters Mary Chelick and Josie (Ernest) Thompson, and numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Jenny of 54 years, parents Peter and Pauline, brothers Paul, Andrew, and sister Polly. A very special thank you to Dr. Spruyt and staff at Central Peace Clinic for all the care and compassion shown to John over the years. Also the nurses and nursing constants on 3 North that provided tender care during his brief stay at the Q.E.II Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Rycroft Community Hall.


Our condolences Harvy on the loss of your dad

posted by Carmen & Bob Dolhan, Spirit River alberta : Aug 23, 2012


Dear Jonathan, I was deeply saddened by the loss of your Dad. Your parents were the nicest people I ever met. I remember coming to Rycroft with Mom and Dad and us kids always asked (Dad, can we go to John and Jenny's first.) We all loved coming to your place. We used to play football and I don't remember what else but we always had memorable times at your place. I'm with you all at this time of grief. With deepest sympathy, Kevin

posted by Kevin & Lisa Strach, Spruce Grove, AB : Aug 24, 2012


Harvey, Rennie, Peter & Jonathan Our condolence in the lost of your father. May your memories of the good times help you threw these time. Bob & Heather Long (nee Brown)

posted by Heather Long, St Albert : Aug 25, 2012



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