April 15, 1962 ~ April 11, 2022
Its with great sadness, we announce the passing of Joseph (Strawboss) Szalai, beloved brother, uncle, great uncle and friend, on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the Beausejour Hospital, at the age of 59.
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family; Brothers: Johnny, George (Virginia), Otto (Rhonda), Tibor and Alex. Sisters: Natalie Schinkel and Terry Steinke (Glenn). Sister-in-laws: Lois and Mary, and numerous nephews/nieces and great nephews and nieces and friends.
He was predeceased by his mom and dad, brothers Frank and Peter, sister Klara, sister-in-law Darlene and nephew Joseph.
Joe enjoyed hunting with friends and family. He loved and enjoyed the many people in his life. No one could make Joe smile and laugh as much of as the kids in his life. ‘Uncle’ Joe was always ready with a quick teasing word and treats.
Joe was passionate about food and enjoyed cooking and sharing meals with others. He was always proud of his culinary pursuits and if you were fortunate you got to share in the results – a perfectly made apple streusel from scratch, his home-made sausage or something delectable straight out of his meat smoker or oven.
We would like to give a special thanks to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, Pinawa Hospital and the Beausejour Hospital for their care and compassion they showed Joe throughout his stay.
As per Joe’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Beausejour Hospital T.V. Fund, Box 1614, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0.
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Condolences to the Szalai family on the loss of your brother.
Getting to know Joe and provide care to him over the years was a great pleasure. I always enjoyed his joking nature, never taking anything too seriously. But will also remember the times we had real talks. My most sincere condolences.
So sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. He was always such a wonderful guy. Sending hugs to the entire family.
Helene & Lou Savisky
Our condolences to the Szalai family on the passing of your brother Joe ( Strawboss), uncle & friend. We all have fond memories of “Straws” antics that had us in stitches. Farewell & RIP “Straw”.
Lou & Helene
So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing Terry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. (Taxi Gail) Gail
Wayne and Darlene Omichinski
Sorry for your loss. May the many stories you have to share about him bring you comfort and a few laughs. He fought the good fight. Rest In Peace Joe.
So very sorry for your loss Szalai.
We’re so sorry to hear about Joe. Our condolences to the whole family.
Rodney, Cheryl, Ian, Kegan & Jen.
My sympathies to the Szalai family on the passing of your brother and uncle ! RIP Straw Boss!
Chris & Ardith Tomasson
Deepest sympathy to all the Szalai family. Stawboss will be remembered by many. Keep your memories close.
Jan and Dwight Litke
Our condolences to the Szalai families. Rest In Peace Straw.
Dwight and Jan
My condolences to the Szalai family on the loss of Joe, he was very young when I moved from the area but my brothers knew him well.
Hilary Thome (Omichinski)
My condolences to everyone. Strawboss was incredibly kind to me the year I worked at Otto’s Upholstery. I spoke to him last Christmas and it was so good to reconnect. Though it is hard to have him gone, I look forward to him getting to meet my baby Rachel, who passed away recently, in heaven. He will be kind and teasing to her just as he was to me.