On January 11, 2016 Richard and Donna Korban passed on their
family business to a long-time friend and fellow funeral director, Joe
Coffey and his family.
Martin and Helen Korban established Korban Funeral Chapel at
907 Main Street in 1977 along with the help of their son Richard. Richard and his wife Donna operated the
business along with Martin and Helen until Martin’s passing in 2001. Richard and Donna then took on the day to day
The Korbans proudly operated their funeral chapel as a small
family owned business ensuring that everyone who walked through their doors was
offered attentive and personalized service.
As it became evident that their children were moving on in directions
other than the funeral profession, they knew that they never just wanted to
list the business for sale, nor ever wanted to sell to the highest bidder. After many years of dedicated 24/7 work,
without much vacation, Richard and Donna were given the opportunity to slow
down. They found someone they could
entrust the family business and Korban name to!
Martin and Helen had met Joe Coffey as co-parishioners of
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church when Joe was starting in funeral service
at another funeral provider in the city.
That many years ago, Martin had said to his family, “there’s a young
fellow that could take over our business one day.” Over the years, Joe would occasionally help
Korbans out when an extra hand was needed.
Joe grew up in Ethelbert, MB and completed his high school
at St. Vladimir’s College in Roblin.
After studying philosophy and theology for the priesthood with the Basilian
Fathers he went on to answer a vocation to funeral service. After working for a large company in Winnipeg
he went on to become the owner and president of the Canadian College of Funeral
Service, training funeral directors and embalmers across the country. Eventually he purchased Sneath-Strilchuk
Funeral Services, serving his home territory in Manitoba’s Parkland (Dauphin, Ethelbert,
Roblin Ste. Rose and area).
Richard and Donna look forward to spending more time with
family, being involved with the community they love so much, and even helping
out at the funeral chapel from time to time.
Joe looks forward to serving families in Winnipeg while maintaining the
Korban standard. He will draw on his
experience of serving communities in rural Manitoba and hopes to maintain the “home
feel with genuine attentive service” that the Korbans did so well.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.