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Official Obituary of

Josephine Theresa (Kasprick) Payjack

September 25, 1929 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Josephine Payjack Obituary

Josephine Payjack (Kasprick), born September 25, 1929, passed away on November 13, 2023, at the age of 94 years old surrounded by family. Josie, as she preferred to be called, was one of twelve children born to Sylvester and Veronica Kasprick. She was born in the Municipality of Rosedale. She went to school in Eden until grade 7, Empire School for Grade 8, when the family moved west to Polonia, and finished her grade 9 in Minnedosa.

Josie started her hospital career working in the kitchen at the Neepawa Hospital when she was 15 years old. On the days that the cook was off, she took over making toast on an old coal stove and sending trays up to the patients. She later worked as a nurse’s aide on the wards.

Moving to Winnipeg she found work at the Woolworths store, soon after she applied to take her Practical Nursing training. Josie trained at the Concordia Hospital. After completing her training, she worked at the Children’s Hospital and the Health Science Centre.

In Winnipeg she met her future husband, Jim, they were married in Neepawa in 1951. They started a family in Winnipeg where six children were born. In the early 1960’s the family moved to a farm near Mountain Road. In 1963, the family moved to Eden and welcomed #7. Josie worked as a nurse at East View Lodge and at the Neepawa Hospital. She always grew a large vegetable garden and loved growing a variety of flowers. Later, she and Jim started a greenhouse in Eden, which she excelled at. They remained in Eden until Jim’s health deteriorated and he was moved into East View Lodge as he required more care. Josie moved to Neepawa shortly after that.

On October 22, 2019 Josie moved into Country Meadows. The staff there soon learned of her fierce independence and with their expertise, allowed Josie to be the person she always was, always looking after herself, rather than asking for assistance from anyone. She was known at Country Meadows as the lady with the “green thumb” and was asked by staff for tips. She always had her room full of plants and started seeds in the early Spring for the garden. Her passion until her dying days was always growing any kind of plants, be it house plants, outside flowers, and gardening. Many of her room plants were started by her taking “slips” from the many plants in the Care Home.

Josie was predeceased by her husband Jim, their son Terry, and eight of her siblings. She is survived by siblings: Rosie, Kenneth, and Mavis. She will always be remembered by her children: Shirley, Larry, Brenda, Barbara, Debbie, and Jim and for how she taught them to be hard workers. Josie was blessed to have 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. All who will miss her deeply.

“You are now at peace Mom, walking through gardens and enjoying the flowers and vegetables.” 

Her family would like to thank the caring staff at Country Meadows for looking after their mom over the years and Neepawa Memorial staff for her final care.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. 

Ronald Moffit Memorial Services of Portage la Prairie, MB in care of arrangements. 

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