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Peter Kozyra

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On April 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm In Obituaries | 8 Comments

1928 ~ 2018

Peter Harry Kozyra passed away on February 24, 2018 at the age of 89 years, following a steady decline due to Parkinson’s Disease.  Peter was born in Brokenhead, MB on April 22, 1928.  He attended school at White Poplar and Brokenhead High.  Following graduation, he taught school at Walkleyburg and at Clover Leaf Schools.

He studied music and art and art lettering and worked at various jobs before settling in a career he enjoyed as an agent for Great West Life for 31 years.  On weekends he played violin and accordion in dance bands at socials, weddings and barn dances for many years.

He also built up a small sign business in which he skillfully created hundreds of hand lettered commercial signs.  Besides music and art, he had a passion for history and an unwavering desire to preserve local heritage.  Peter became a founding member of Broken-Beau Historical Society and served tirelessly on the committee from the time of a “vision” in 1967 until retirement in 2010.  He served in the capacity of President for many years and guided a dedicated volunteer group in its mission to preserve local history through the collection and restoration of buildings, machinery and artifacts housed in the Pioneer Village Museum.

His grandchildren will remember a kind and caring Grandpa who “could fix anything”, who supported them in their activities and built them a playhouse lettered with their names.  They enjoyed watching him paint signs in his garage/workshop.  He took them for rides in the VW Beetle, stopping for pizza and ice cream, Bergies for treats, trips to Mel’s for movies and always trips to the museum, where he would explain the various artifacts and tell them stories about the “good old days”.

Peter was predeceased by his oldest daughter Michele Day in 2014 and by his son in-law Dr. Bob Day in 1997.  He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Edna, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage, his brother Bill (Barbara), his children, daughter Maureen (Dan), and son David (Connie), his grandchildren Darren, Heather (Mike), Mathiew (Brittany), Colleen (Dylan), Benjamin (Colleen), Maggie (Jacob), and Patrick (Denyse), great grandchildren Ayden, Claire, Celeste, Lilia, and Morrison, sister in-law Evelyn, brother in-law Paul (Connie) and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his sister in-law Beverly and brothers in-law Douglas and John.

Thanks to staff at Rose Unit of EGL for the care and comfort provided to Peter in his final years.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Brokenhead River Community Hall.

Memorial donations may be made to Brokenhead River Community Foundation, Box 2225, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0 or to a charity of choice.


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Condolence from Alvin and Alice Klapprat. on February 26th, 2018 6:28 pm

Edna and Famly Alvin and I send our sincere sympathy to you and your Family .

Condolence from Michael Czuboka on February 26th, 2018 9:23 pm

Edna & Family:

I was very saddened by Peter’s passing. I knew him well during my years in Beausejour (1969 -1996).

He was a pleasant person to speak to. I also enjoyed my contacts with Edna over the years, Bill Kozyra was also a good friend. The Kozyras have been leaders in our community.

Time marches on. We are all getting to the last stage of our lives. We can, at least enjoy our memories.

And I will remember Peter.

Condolence from Blaine & Lynn Krawchuk on February 27th, 2018 8:38 am

To Aunt Edna and all our extended Family, We send our most sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Blaine, Lynn, Bethani & Logan

Condolence from Reg & Adina Kendrick on February 27th, 2018 11:00 am

To Edna Kozera and Family
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Peter.

Reg and Adina Kendrick

Condolence from Don Malkoske on February 27th, 2018 1:22 pm

Our condolences to you Edna and your family on the loss of Peter,we always regarded you and Peter as very dear friends we well come and see you soon. Shannon&Don Malkoske

Condolence from Gerald & Ann Graves on February 27th, 2018 2:05 pm

To:Edna & family you have our deepest sympathy . Peter was a great man.

Condolence from Janice Cameron on February 27th, 2018 3:37 pm

Edna and family

So sorry for the loss of
your dear husband .
Our thoughts and prayers
are with you.

Janice Cameron and family

Condolence from Lorna on February 28th, 2018 10:58 am

To Auntie Edna and all our family
We send our prayers of peace and strength during this and the days ahead. You are all in our thoughts as we remember Uncle Peter and all memories we share of him. Take Care
With Love
Larry & Lorna Stubel (Tasha, Erica, Gayle, Ryan and their families)
Lyle & Grace Brady ( Ryan & Morgan)
Lynn-Don & Noreen Brady. (Savannah, Hirtle boys)
Lonnie & Alison (Grace & Alex)
Matthew Brady

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