Stella was freed from her earthly bonds on May 14, 2013. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her daughters Debbie (Gerry) van Haaften of Edmonton and Joanne (Maurice) Gamache of Whiterock, B.C.She will also be missed by five grandchildren Greg (Tara) and Joel of Edmonton, Tim of Toronto as well as Lauren and Mark of Whiterock, B.C.Stella is also survived by three sisters Belle Romanick, Mary Knicely and Olga Slomer and one brother Joe (Gladys) Small–semicolon– sisters-in-law Ann Sawka and Kay Sawka–semicolon– numerous family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Peter–semicolon– brothers Bill and Peter and her parents, John and Eva (Sadoway) Small.
Stella was born in Radway, Alberta on the family farm and completed her post-secondary education at Alberta College. After several years of work at the Dominion Bank she married Peter where they operated the family farm in Redwater. While farm life involvedhard work, it also gave her many rewards in the form of family, close friends and neighbors. Once Stella and Peter moved to Edmonton she channeled her energy into the working world and retired from Canada Customs. Both in Redwater and in Edmonton she was actively involved in the work of the church and the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada. She held numerous executive positions both in the church and in the community.
The close relationships with family and friends always energized her as well as sustaining her during difficult times. Stella’s unwavering faith also gave her the courage and strength to face the challenges of her declining health with grace and dignity.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to all those friends and family that visited and cared for Stella, especially during this last difficult year. Special thanks are extended to the staff and management of Laurier House Lynwood and Dr. G. Schwalfenberg for their exceptional care and compassion during Stella’s time there. Father Planchak’s spiritual guidance and regular visits were a blessing in Stella’s life.
A Prayer Service will take place at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be officiated by the Very Reverend MihajloPlanchak at Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 3635 – 116 Avenue, Edmonton on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 13819 – 82 Street, Edmonton.
Donations in memory of Stella may be made to CNIB, 12010 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5K 0P3 or CapitalCare Foundation, specifically to – Laurier House Lynnwood, 6th Floor, 10909 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3M9.