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Born: Mar 11, 1919

Date of Passing: Nov 10, 2013

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SIR JOSEPH C. STANGL, KSG, CM March 11, 1919 - November 10, 2013 Peacefully, with family by his side, at Misericordia Place, November 10, 2013, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away. He has left us to join his dearly missed wife Kay. He will be forever cherished and missed by his daughters: Judith (Ron McGavin) and their children Cameron (partner Mel and his son Rob), Michael and Lori; and Joanne Hunt and her children Kyle (Kim Penner), Ryan and stepdaughter Tracey Groening (Rod, Cody, Whitney, Kipton, Hudson). We all hold dear the memories that have been created over the years. He was predeceased by his loving wife Katherine in 1997; special son-in-law Jim Hunt in 2006; his mother and father, and siblings Frank, Mary, Vera, and Sister Benedicta. Joe was born in 1919 in Quantoch, SK. He completed his education at college in Battleford. In 1937 he moved to Winnipeg in search of a job and found and married the love of his life, Kay (Katherine Mary Ottenbreit) on October 26, 1940. In 1943, they moved to Saskatoon where their first daughter, Judith was born. After seven years in Saskatoon, the family moved back to Manitoba and settled in Norwood and Holy Cross Parish in 1950. Several years later their second daughter, Joanne was born. Joe resided in Norwood until March 2011. Joe began his adult life as a business man in the private sector with Crane Supplies and Anthes Imperial. Due to his good fortune and success with this company he was able to retire in 1968 at age 49. This permitted him to embark upon a lifetime of volunteering his talents in the interests of others, becoming Secretary-Treasurer at St. Paul's High School for 13 years, where he was duly recognized. Joe has distinguished himself as an outstanding Catholic layman in the community and a model of Christian living. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1943 in Saskatoon, transferred to Winnipeg Council in 1950, and was a founding member of the Norwood Council. He "served" in the true sense of the word, as Manitoba State Deputy and Master of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Manitoba State Jurisdiction, and also held various positions on the Manitoba State Board. Joe was active in his parish and numerous Catholic organizations, resulting with him being honoured with a papal Knighthood - Knight of St. Gregory the Great (KSG) in 1958. His involvement in numerous community projects and causes, combined with his ongoing participation in education, resulted in Joe receiving the Queen's Commemorative Medal in 1977 and the Order of Canada (CM) in 1979. In 1980 the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews honoured him with the Human Relations Award. He was an active member of the planning committees of the papal visit in 1984. Joe was very humbled to meet his Holiness Pope John Paul II and to receive his blessing. Educational interests in Joe's life have been twofold. Joe became involved locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, in public and independent school education. He took on the challenge of the long-standing Manitoba School Question, and both independent and public schools in Manitoba have benefited from his active dedication to education. Joe found time to pursue recreational activities as a supporter of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Blue Bombers, St. Vital (where he scored an eight ender) and Fort Garry Curling Clubs; and Niakwa and Elmhurst Golf and Country Clubs. Joe and Kay travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Russia and Africa. His grandchildren have fond memories of him cheering for their teams at all their sporting events, and of his particular interest in the eyesight of the referees. Joe published his memoirs, Life's Challenges: A Man for Others in 2002. His main objective in writing his story was to encourage people to give of themselves for others. He believed that with "determination, persistence and commitment, anyone could achieve similar results". The greatest gifts we give people and members of society are our love and our time. And while his dedication and commitment to others was very evident, his love for family and friends was first and foremost in his life. Charity involves giving of one's time and energy and Joseph's life has been a dedication of his personal time to religious, educational, political, community and social organizations. Joe's family would like to thank the staff of Misericordia Place for the kindness and caring they provided to Joe and his family, enabling him to die with dignity. Pallbearers will be Joe's grandchildren. Viewing will commence at 12:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of Joe's life at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish, 252 Dubuc Street on Friday, November 15, 2013; reception to follow in the church hall. Flowers gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba, 622 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2B4, or Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M3. Dad your guiding hand and loving smile will remain with us forever. Cropo Funeral Chapel, 204-586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2013

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • I remember uncle Joe as a very caring man, and he was the strength for me when my father John passed......You will be missed. Rick Ottenbreit - Posted by: Rick Ottenbreit () on: Mar 09, 2014

  • When I was a young girl Mr. Stengl often phoned my Dad, Walter Drewrys, as he was involved forming the 1st Ukrainian council of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was a huge help & supporter of that endeavour; highly respected by my family. I will miss 'bumping into him' at worthwhile events. - Posted by: Valerie Wadephul (Daughter of friend) on: Dec 03, 2013

  • As a fellow resident of Champlain Street and serving on the Holy Cross church council, I was fortunate to have known Joe. He was the ultimate role model of how a Christian should live. He has now joined fellow investment club members, Leo Soenen and Tom Dooley. - Posted by: Adelard Bourgeois, Coquitlam, British Columbia () on: Nov 18, 2013

  • My condolences on the passing of your father. Though our lives were worlds apart he left me with an enduring appreciation for integrity and commitment to a just cause. - Posted by: Eric Skoglund (Friend of Joanne's) on: Nov 17, 2013

  • To Judy, Ron and Joanne, and your families, my condolences and prayers. I was privileged to know and enjoy both your parents. Joe was a wonderful mentor to me when I was at St. Paul's High School many years ago. Since that time he has been close to my heart as friend, and through the years he'd visit regularly when coming to see Sister Benedicta here in Regina. I shall offer a Mass in thanksgiving for him and keep all of you in my prayers at this time. - Posted by: R. Frank Obrigewitsch, S.J. (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2013

  • Our sincere condolences to Judy, Ron and family members. Your father was an inspiration to all of us. He was friendly, committed and served selflessly. He will finally receive the rewards he truly deserves. - Posted by: Larry & Margaret Kustra (Knights of Columbus) on: Nov 15, 2013

  • My Uncle Joe faithfully for years dropped over Christmas Eve until he couldn't drive anymore. He dropped in for at least 30 years. That was the loyal type of man Uncle Joe was. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Joanne, Judith and their families. He was indeed a Saint. May You Rest in Peace Uncle Joe. - Posted by: Sandra and Hugh Korol (Uncle) on: Nov 14, 2013

  • My sincere condolences Joanne to you and your family. Your Dad was an awesome fellow and hold his memory close to your heart to help you find comfort Shirley - Posted by: Shirley Trafton (Friend of Joanne's) on: Nov 14, 2013

  • We were deeply saddened to hear of Joe's passing. We enjoyed visiting with Joe whenever our paths would meet at family gatherings. We send our sympathy to all of Joe's family and we will be with you in spirit. God bless. Wayne and Sharon Stangl, Calgary. - Posted by: Wayne and Sharon Stangl (Relation) on: Nov 14, 2013

  • I have complete faith that when Joe passed from this life to the next, Jesus met him at the gates to heaven to welcome him and said; Well done good and faithful servant! On behalf of the Catholic School community of Manitoba I wish to express our sincere condolences to you, his family. We want to thank you for sharing Joe with us over the many years. His dedication to Catholic Education and his tireless commitment to restoring our constitutional right to funding is a legacy that will benefit future generations. Joe will always be known as the Grandfather of Catholic Education in the Province of Manitoba. I will personally miss all the great conversations we had and the wisdom that he so willingly shared with me. All Catholic Schools in Winnipeg will be flying their flags at half-mast this week in honour of Joe. - Posted by: Robert Praznik (Director of Education, Winnipeg Catholic Schools) on: Nov 14, 2013

  • Joe, your outstanding work for the Independent Schools in Winnipeg helped many many students. They may not have even known how much work you did, but, in historical annals, it will never be forgotten. thank you for being you. - Posted by: Avrom Kushner (Past colleague in the Private school system) on: Nov 13, 2013

  • Sir Knight Joe was an inspiration to me when I was appointed Master of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Cardinal McGuigan Province, Manitoba District. He was my confidant in whom I had the greatest admiration and respect. We will cherish his memory forever. Rest In Peace with God, Worthy Faithful Servant. - Posted by: Wally and Violet Huska (Friend) on: Nov 13, 2013

  • We are saddened by Joe's passing. Joe, a man of great faith and conviction. He was an inSpiration to us all. His brother Knights will miss him and remember him always as one of the greatest. To Judy, Ron and Joanne our sincere condolences and sympathy. We will not be at the funeral but will be thinking about all of you from our home in Texas. May God bless you all. - Posted by: Gilles and CLaire Girardin (friends and brother knight) on: Nov 13, 2013

  • I had the pleasure of Joe being my boss at Anthes Western in 1968-69. I have fond memories of Saskatchewan Ave. employees were like family. My deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Sharon Jacob Cyr (Co-worker) on: Nov 13, 2013

  • I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Having witnessed Brother Joe’s contributions during 15 consecutive state conventions, I can attest to his leadership and wisdom, always done with respect and dignity. He walked the talk and modelled what he expected from others. His legacy lives on in all those that he touched through his words and actions. - Posted by: Norbert Philippe (Brother Knight of Columbus) on: Nov 13, 2013

  • My sincere condolences Joanne to you and your family. Hold your Dad's memories close to your heart to help you find comfort. Teresa - Posted by: Teresa Brambilla (Friend of Joanne's) on: Nov 13, 2013

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