Hello, I am Paul Kobasiuk, nephew of Carl. Carl was born right in Lamont
County . The children of Charles Purschke from Chicago USA and Anna
Reinhard from Germany were Francis, Richard, Carl, Elizabeth, Edward, and
Arthur. Carl and his siblings grew up on his fathers homestead near Star.
At the tender
age of 17 in 1943 he enlisted into the Armed Services of
The Queen's Own Rifles, Light Infantry. Through the years his favorite
reading was war literature. There were many discussions with anyone that
would challenge the subject. Carl was an avid reader of science, geography,
and history. He wanted the facts.
My first acquaintance with Carl was when he came to Grandpa Kobasiuk's
farm with his tractor, to court my young Auntie Jane. He finally won her
heart and they married on August 18, 1949. In a short time Carl and Jane
moved to their own farm near Bruderheim, which Grandpa Kobasiuk insisted and
helped them acquire “land”.
Their first-born son was Randy in November 1950, and in March of 1959
they welcomed their son Donald into the family. Carl and Jane spent these
happy years while the boys were growing up, camping, fishing and hunting.
Carl and Jane traveled through Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C., and also to
the Radium health Mines in the USA, which Jane enjoyed.
Randy married Maryanne Svitich from Chipman in November, 1979. The young
couple moved to Calgary while Randy proceeded to get a Bachelor of Education
degree with the encouragement from Carl and Jane. What a joyous time when a
beautiful granddaughter Lorette Jane was born November 18, 1982. Carl was
so pleased having a little girl around to watch her growing up, but you
guessed it, along came many camping and fishing trips. Even after his
beloved wife Jane passed away in 1998, Carl was again very persistent in
education, making sure Lorette went to NAIT, where she earned the highest
degree in Computer Sciences. Carl was very proud of her accomplishments.
Carl worked as a mechanic in Lamont and Bruderheim. I even worked with
him assembling John Deere farm equipment. Carl used to go
out to the
farmers' fields to repair problems on the spot. Also if you had a vehicle
breakdown, he was always eager to help and able to solve the problem. He
used the phrase “Just takes common sense to see the working parts.”
Carl eventually took a job at Sherritt, being a plant operator for a
number of years. Then he joined Alberta Food Products' Canola Plant in Fort
Saskatchewan, as a plant operator until his retirement in 1990.
About 4 years ago, Carl discovered he had a severe vein blockage in his
neck. Finally the doctors convinced him this could be eliminated but was
risky. Carl had the operation July 18, 2006. The same week severe
complications set in, due to which he spent 3 weeks in the Intensive Care
Unit, in the U of A Hospital. After 3 more weeks of intense care in the
hospital, Carl, being of strong body and mind, was able to move to Lamont
into extended care.
His greatest hope and wish was to get healthy enough to be able to return
to his beloved farm home and travel to Hawaii.
Last week he had a turn for the worse and passed on to a greater place
while his dear friend Claudette was by his side. May he rest in peace and
be assured that he has passed the Torch of Life to many people that knew
him. And now who is going to teach me how to operate your fancy short wave
Till we meet again Uncle Carl.