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Born: Jan 30, 1929

Date of Passing: May 15, 2019

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Sadly, on May 15, 2019, family and friends said goodbye to Michael "Mickey" Polischtak.
Mickey was born on January 30, 1929 to Anne and John Polischtak and became the older brother to Helen. He was a lifelong resident of Winnipeg's North End and over the decades became a fixture at many of the North End's storied gathering places such as "School Boys" and the Polish Club. If there was a single phrase to describe Mick, it would be "fun-loving". He had a small but close group of friends, many of whom were family. That relationship continued all his life and was one he treasured. Mickey, his uncles Peter and Mel and cousin Ron were inseparable and were the equivalent of the North End "Rat Pack" - very cool dudes!
However, things changed when Michael met the love of his life, his wife and partner, Bernice Tkach. They were married on June 30, 1952 and remained devoted to each other for almost 67 years. In his last days, Mickey expressed his concern for Bernice and how she would manage without him. Although he and Bernice did not have children, they were the Godparents to many of their friends' and family's kids, a role and responsibility that they enjoyed. So don't worry Michael, we will take care of Bernice.
Over the years, Mickey's relationship with his Uncle Peter never wavered, and they were more like brothers than uncle and nephew. Living only two streets away from each other, Mickey visited his Uncle Peter, or "Zajey" almost every day for many many years, something that Peter and his family appreciated. In fact, Michael and Bernice became members of the Peter Zajac Clan and were included in virtually all Zajac family gatherings: holidays, birthdays, Grey Cup and more. And every summer the Polischtaks hosted the Zajac Clan at their Grand Marais cottage for the Zajac Family Picnic!! Country music, Mickey's favourite, was the entertainment and the image of Mick in his straw cowboy hat is unforgettable!
After many decades at CNR, Michael retired with the intention of travelling in the winter and spending the summer at their beloved Grand Marais cottage. And that's what he and Bernice did! They spent many weeks in Hawaii every winter but anticipated their return to their cottage in the spring, where they welcomed countless friends and family members.
In addition to his love of travel, Mickey had a variety of other interests, including 10-pin bowling and horseshoes at the beach! He was an accomplished 10-pin bowler, winning countless tournaments locally, including a City Championship, nationally and internationally. Once he and Bernice were at the lake for longer periods, horseshoes became his new favourite pastime, with Mickey becoming quite an avid player! In recent years, Mikey enjoyed spending time at the Royal Canadian Legion West Kildonan Branch 30, where he had many friends. As well, Mickey always honoured his Ukranian heritage and enjoyed opportunities to wear his Ukrainian shirts. And Ukrainian Christmas with Mickey and Bunny was always an evening to look forward to!
On behalf of Bernice, thank you to the nursing and support staff at Seven Oaks General Hospital, home care staff, and the administration and staff of Amber Meadows.
Michael will be sorely missed by all who knew him, but especially by Bernice, his wife and partner of almost 67 years.

"Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more
Tears in Heaven." - Eric Clapton

Cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of Michael's life will occur at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined but a donation to the charity of one's choice in Michael's name would be appreciated.
Publish Date: May 25, 2019


Sadly, on May 15, 2019, family and friends said goodbye to Michael "Mickey" Polischtak.
Born on January 30, 1929, Mickey was a lifelong resident of Winnipeg's North End.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, but especially by Bernice, his wife and partner of almost 67 years.
A longer obituary will follow.
Publish Date: May 18, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 18, 2019, May 25, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Condolences on behalf of my parents, Wally and Dorothy Jones. They all spent many happy time’s together in Grand Marais. - Posted by: Brenda Shipley (Acquaintance ) on: May 27, 2019

  • Enjoy his company mostly at the beach, he would visit us at our family cabin play horseshoes and have a drink - he liked the way I mixed them or we would go see Mickey and Bernice and watch a football game or hockey game. Could always smell his bbq steaks, he would cook them with fruit tree wood on his pit. My Dad Joe and Mickey were best of friends always helping each other. There’s probably a big horseshoe game going on up there miss you Mickey say hi to my Dad :) - Posted by: Phillip Paulicelli ( friend ) on: May 25, 2019

  • First of all, I offer my deepest condolences to Auntie Bernice and family. I met Mickey in 2008 through my wife Tracy. He was visiting his sister Helen at the lake. I see this guy in his late 70’s, swimming in the lake for quite some time, then he goes on the deck enjoying a drink and the sun. I think to myself...what a cool guy, hope I can be like that when I get old. I will miss having him over for family dinners, drinking rye and conversing, mostly about hockey and other sports. He was sharp and in tune with life events. God bless and keep you, Mickey. - Posted by: Richard Gasior (Nephew by marriage) on: May 25, 2019

  • Offering you my sincere condolences Bernice. Great times at Grand Beach & Hawaii with Mickey and yourself. Jade and I stand by your side in sorrow and friendship. - Posted by: Neil Hutsel (Family friend) on: May 21, 2019

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