KACSMAR, Steve John


March 24, 1909

- July 3, 2010

Kacsmar - Steve John ~ March 24, 1909 - July 3, 2010~It is with great sadness that we announce that Steve John Kacsmar passed away peacefully on July 3, 2010 at the age of 101. He was born in a log house with a sod roof near Esterhazy, SK. on March 24, 1909 to John Sr. and Anna Kacsmar. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Kay: daughters: Marion (Glen) Almberg of Calgary and Elaine (Dan) Larter of Okanagan Falls, B.C. and son: Merlin/Spike (Maureen/Moe) of Calgary. Steve is also survived by his grandchildren Kelly Almberg, Karen Viznaugh, Bob Swyryda and Jaymie Swyryda and predeceased by his grandson Robert/Rob Almberg. Steve was one of a family of eleven; he is survived by his brothers: George of New Westminister, B.C., Walter of Gran Marais, MB., his sisters: Barbara of Sleepy Eye, Minn. and Emily of Winnipeg, MB. He was predeceased by his brothers: John of Esterhazy, SK., Joseph/Joe of Stoney Creek, ON., Andrew of Esterhazy, SK., James/Jim of Saskatoon, SK. and Henry/Hank of Sydney, Australia and by his sisters: Anne of Winnipeg, MB. and Margaret of Minneapolis, Minn. Steve started out as a teacher (grades 1 to 11) in the fall of 1929 in Standard Hill, Sask. Times were tough and after a few years he ventured to seek his fortune in California, but after a few short months returned to Canada. As he had a little experience in the grocery business he started up a small grocery in Three Hills, AB. His grocery business flourished. After 25 years in Three Hills he sold the business in 1964 and moved his family to Calgary. He managed I.G.A. stores for 2 years and also worked as a real estate salesman for about a year. His next move was as a partner in coin operated car washes for about a year. Finally he went into a vending business for shuffleboards, pool tables and juke boxes in Calgary and southern Alberta, which he operated very successfully for 20 years before selling and retiring. He always enjoyed being active in his garden and also liked to fish. After he retired, his next venture/passion was the designing and creation of stained glass lamps and hangings with some being sold by stores in the Calgary area. Many friends and family members appreciated his creativity and his artistic ability. The family would like to gratefully thank all the staff of the Poplar Unit at Extendicare Cedars Villa for their love and care that they gave Steve over his almost six year stay with them. They became like a second family to him and he was spoiled greatly by his caregivers Aida, Katie and Rose. A Celebration of Steve's Life will held in the Arbor Lounge of Mountain View Funeral Home on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. To email expressions of sympathy: mountainview@arbormemorial.com Subject heading: Steve Kacsmar. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1605 - 100 Street SE (17 Ave. SE at Garden Rd.), Calgary AB, T1X 0L4. Telephone (403) 272-5555 www.mountainviewmemorial.ca