Joseph Nicholas Afterchuk

March 20, 1935March 27, 2013


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Afterchuk on February 27th, 2013 after a short stay at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital, with family at his side. He fought a lengthy and very courageous battle with cancer.

Joseph was born March 20, 1935 to John and Mary Afterchuk at the Bengough Hospital. He and his brother Frank along with his parents resided on the family farm in the Horizon district. His dad died at the age of 79 in 1973, his mom passed away at the age of 97 in 2001 at the Twilight Home in Bengough. Joe married Cleo (Sweeney) Mitchell in 1981 and they resided on the farm until they bought a house in Bengough. Cleo died in 1997 of cancer. The last parcel of land, the home quarter was sold to Trevor Hoffart in 2001. Joe was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Bengough Housing board and was also a member of the Sask Wheat Pool Board. He enjoyed curling for many years and was an avid player.

He remarried in 2002 to Yvette Breau, a resident of Bengough. They bought a house in Moose Jaw that same year. His greatest passion was polka music. He was a great self-taught accordion player since age 14. Joe played quite a few years with the Polka Massters from Assiniboia of which he was very proud. He entertained at dances, weddings and other functions. For many years he played many afternoons at the Twilight Home in Bengough. In Moose Jaw, he and his long-time friend, Alan Schmidt, played for dances, entertained in the ark and other functions. They volunteered their time playing at different seniors homes. Every summer he would enjoy playing at the Besant Park for the annual Polka Fest. He will be sadly missed by all as he was so loved and respected by family, friends and neighbours.

Predeceased by his parents John & Mary Afterchuk, his brother Frank, nephew Wayne and first wife Cleo Afterchuk, Joe is survived by his wife Yvette, sister-in-law Frances (Fess) Albers, three step-daughters Francine (Paul) Hoffart, Denise (Carter) Breau, Rachel (Chris) Graham, two step-sons Bill (Julette) Mitchell, Carl Mitchell, two nieces Myrna (Dave) and Roberta (Greg), as well as 12 step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at St. Michael’s R.C. Church, Bengough, SK. Father Anthony Pangan celebrant. Altar Server was Mattesyn Jones, Scripture Reader was Ron Myers, Perry and Audrey Jones presented the offerings. Ron Myers gave the tribute. Music Ministry was led by organist, Donna Morris and the Bengough Community Choir. Pallbearers were: Paul Hoffart, Chris Graham, Ryan Blackmore, Randy Pond, Eugene Hoffart, and Dave Pauls. Interment followed in the Bengough Cemetery. Masses may be said or Donations in Memory of Joe may be made to the Cancer Agency – Allan Blair Cancer Centre. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK. An online book of condolences may be signed at


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Joseph Nicholas Afterchuk

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Dave and Myrna Pauls and family

March 4, 2013

Yvette and family,our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.Our memories of Joe are very precious ,from his jokes to listening to him play at dances.Frank and Joe both had a great sense of humor. This fine person will be missed by all who knew him.

Lisa & Paul DaCunha

March 4, 2013

Yvette, and family, please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Joe was such and kind man and will be greatly missed... Thinking of you and if you need anything please do not hesitate to call.

March 4, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Joe. Such a nice man. Yvette,along with family, are in my heart.
LeeAnn Pidhorodetsky

Rhonda Meeds (Mayer)

March 3, 2013

I am sure going to miss you Joe! I love the times that you were with us and watched and listened to you and Dad play your accordians and happy as can be. I loved watching you both smile away and laugh while playing. Never a bad time or word was said. I would watch you look over your glasses and smile as you watched all of us kids and wives or whoever was watching. Great pride on you! Rest well Joe, Paradise will be wonderful! xo


March 3, 2013

Im sorry for the lost of your dear loved one. May the god of all comfort comfort you in your time of need.

Heidi LaVallee (Mayer)

March 2, 2013

Joe and my father (Ronald Mayer) were each other's best friends since they were 16. They shared a lot of good times, and a lot of hard times. Joe was also my parents' best man when they got married and I cannot think of anyone else who would have been more suitable. I will always remember the times that he and Pops would play on their accordions for hours and hours. They would also spend hours and hours talking on the phone catching up. I will always remember Pops and Joe playing, with them both smiling, joking and laughing and Joe looking over his glasses - always! Rest easy Joe. We will never forget you. xoxo