elevated awpRF September 14, 1934 ~ May 12, 2021
elevated awpRF Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be a private family service.
elevated awpRF Funeral Service
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Click here to watch a livestream of the Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 p.m.
elevated awpRF Interment
Assumption Catholic Cemetery ~ Section 9
elevated awpRF Obituary
SEPTEMBER 14, 1934 – MAY 12, 2021
elevated awpRF It is with deep sorrow and much love that we announce the death of Jožef Nerad, who, in the early morning hours of May 12, 2021, passed away peacefully after a bravely fought battle with cancer.
elevated awpRF Jožef leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Terezija, and his children Sonja (Fredrick), Joseph, and Valerija (Neil), as well as his cherished granddaughter, Avery, all of whom will, every day of their lives, miss him tremendously but remember him lovingly.
elevated awpRF Jožef was born in Črenšovci, Prekmurje, to parents Ivan and Magdalena. He was the third of eight children. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Ivan (Liza), Matija(Angela), Anton (Chantal), Angela (Jože), and Veronika, as well as countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, his eldest sister Ana (Ciril) and youngest brother Franc. He will be missed by all his relatives and friends in Slovenija and Canada.
elevated awpRF Upon completion of his compulsory military service, in the dead of night, he crossed the Mura River to escape to Austria in September 1956. After six months in an Austrian refugee camp, he arrived in Canada in April of 1957, determined to make a new life for himself. He returned home in 1964, where he met his love and future wife, Terezija; they were wed in May of 1966. Jožef settled into family life and became a father with the birth of his first child, Sonja, followed by Joseph and Valerija.
elevated awpRF Jožef was a very loyal man; he gave you all of his loyalty, and in return was given the same. He was an incredibly hard-working man, who at his retirement party, announced that he would no longer work twelve-hour shifts, instead he was cutting back to an 8 hour day; such was his work ethic. Upon arriving home every day, he would immediately retire to his beloved backyard and garden. Whether it was a result of his farming roots, or all of the time spent in his much-admired garden, he loved growing and eating his own fruits and vegetables… especially apples; he loved his apples. As well as being a wonderful husband and father, Jožef had many passions. He thrived on knowledge, and could always be found reading, not one, but multiple books at the same time. He loved using everything he knew, be it learned or innate, to create things; he was a tradesman who would turn his hand to anything. He worked hard, but also very much enjoyed his down time. A passionate walker, he spent many hours exploring his surroundings. Whether throwing them or attending, he loved a party, especially if there was dancing involved; a good polka was never lost on him. He loved nothing more than being surrounded by his family and friends, enjoying every moment with them, always a joke to tell and a smile to share.
elevated awpRF Although he was small in stature, Jožef was a huge character; although quiet in voice, he could always make himself heard. Over the past year, although his body was weakening, his fight never did. He resigned himself to his situation, but he never quit. To the end, he gave it his all. His body may be gone, but his memory lives on. His innocent, boyish, loving smile is etched forever in our hearts.
elevated awpRF A celebration of the life of Jožef will be planned at such a time when we can all come together to love, laugh, hug and remember.
elevated awpRF Donations
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
To the Nerad Family, my sincerest condolences at this time. May God bless you all and give you strength. I remember visiting Joe since I was a little girl and up until recent times with my father Joe, as they are cousins. My dad would have only wonderful things to say about his cousin because the amount of respect he has for him is immeasurable. Many fond memories of Joe will live on forever in our hearts. You are in our prayers.
Družini Nerad izrekamo iskreno sožalje.
Naj vas Bog blagoslovi in Marija potolaži vse žalostne.
Lepe spomine omamo na Joška in ženo Terezijo, ko smo jih obiskale leta 2005. Zelo gostoljubno sta nas sprejela, mene,mojo hčerko in Irmine nečakinje.
Zelo sem vsem hvaležna.
Dragi bratranec Joško,počivaj v miru Božjem.
Dragi bratranec Joško, počivaj v miru. Družini Nerad pa izrekamo iskreno sožalje.
Val and family, our most sincerest condolences to you are your family. We are so sad to hear of your Joe’s passing and his fight with cancer, and especially through this difficult period during this pandemic. You are all in our prayers and hearts, Sonia, Paul and Sam
Zapustil si nas brez slovesa. Bil si mi kot zvezda Repatica, nakazal si mi smer življenja, me usmeril v poklic, katerega sem se izučil. Brez tvoje pomoči ne bi bil to kar sem, in imel kar imam! Bil si kot atlet na stezi z ovirami, jih uspešno premagoval eno za drugo, a ta zadnja bila je previsoka. Telo se je izčrpalo in omagalo pred njo. Rad bi verjel, da se bova nekoč, nekje srečala še srečala, se objela in srečo si delila! Zelo te bom pogrešal, vsi te bomo pogrešali, a ostal mi večno v lepem boš spominu! Počivaj v miru.
Brat Matija z družino.
Dear brother Joško!
You are left without farewell. To me you were a shooting star, you are shown me the path in life, pointed me in the direction of my chosen profession. Without your help, I would not be who I am today and I would not have everything I posses now. You lived your life on obstancle course, overcoming each and very hurdle but alas, the last was set too high. The body had worn out, had fallen beneath it. I would like to believe that we shall meet again somewhere, sometime, that we will embrace again and share our joy. I will miss you dearley, we will all miss you, but you will forever remain beloved in memory. Rest in peace.
Your brother Matija and family
Dear Val and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Val, you have often spoken of your dad and I know how much you admire, love and respect him.
We are thinking of you all on this very sad day.
Draga Trezika in tvoja druzina !
Sprejmite prosim nase globoko sozalje .
Josko pa naj pociva v miru in naj mu bo lahka Canadska zemljica .
Josko in Vera z druzino .
Our sincerest condolences to Teta, Sonja, Joe and Val.
While it’s been a long time since we visited the Nerads in New Toronto, it was nice to read the beautiful words about Stric. That’s how we will remember him as well.