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Born: Nov 01, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 07, 2020

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It is with profound sorrow and everlasting love I announce the peaceful passing of my darling mother, in Edmonton, July 7, 2020.
Stephanie Sowak (nee Slonecky) was born in Winnipeg, November 1, 1929, marrying her prince charming, Daddy Ross, June 27, 1952 in Toronto. Over 65 years of marriage, they built family and homes, working hard to provide as best they could.
Nobody had a better work ethic than Mom. She was amazing, beautiful, classy, dignified, private, and proud. Mom had a fine soprano voice, singing solo in choirs. She was a master gardener, making the sorriest of plants blossom at a glance. She was a great crafter, cook and baker. She professionally handled executive secretarial and administrative jobs.
Over time, Mom and Dad bowled at the St. Joe's club, golfed in Winnipeg, Arizona, Alberta, BC, and held famous crib marathons with late Uncle Bill and Wanda Koscielnuk. Mom so enjoyed our travel trailers, Falcon Lake cottage, Arizona house and vacays in America, Mexico, and Europe via our timeshare up Panorama Resort.
Mom lived for her big yards on the periphery of the Rossmere golf course and in St. Albert, Alberta.
She was incredibly loyal to friends and family, her bestie for decades being the late Sylvia Anthony. Stephanie took tender care of her mother Pauline, her sister Mary, and her children. We were blessed, provided with various lessons, sports, arts and culture. Mom loved opera, symphony, big band and might be caught humming to Luciano Pavarotti! She and Dad adored children and dogs, sharing values honed in Winnipeg's north end.
In her final years, Mom tended to her yards, Arizona fruit trees, pretty parish garden. She volunteered and she cared for Dad. Mom and Dad ventured together to Arizona to January 2017, cherishing the good friends they made there.
Mom was highly intelligent, possessing an excellent business acumen. She invested in real estate properties. She was well versed in reading business documents. Yet, Mom was modest to the core. Our Stephanie was a wonderful woman, the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend anyone could hope for. Her legacy is her green thumb, quiet dignity and inherent goodness of heart and soul. It was Mom's famous stubborn streak that provided her with an incredible strength of character and principle, serving her well over 90 years on earth.

"Rest easy with Daddy Ross and
our other angels, darling mommy.
We will all be together again."

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Sturgeon and Royal Alex hospitals, St. Albert and Edmonton, for their diligent care of Mom. Special thanks to Dr. Charlie Strytveen who looked after Steph and Ross over several years, and to great financial advisor Ben Foster.
Cremation has occurred, with private service and luncheon to be held in Winnipeg at a later date.
Should you so desire, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or other reputable animal rights and protection organization.

"Soar beyond dear meadow, reach the clouds so bright. Leave a kiss to the sunset and bring a glorious sight. Now, my dear meadow, you may rest for a while. But tomorrow is another day, for us to laugh and smile." Adieu.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Although I did not know Stephanie for very long, I was happy to see her at her garden. She taught me many things and she made the BEST lemon loaf cake ever. I shall miss her kind words and smiling face when I go to the garden. May she rest in peace and my sympathy to her family and friends. Vicky from the St. Albert Parish Garden - Posted by: Vicky (Gardening friend in St. Albert) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I had the best mummy ever - there is nothing she would not do and did not do, for me. She was very independent, very modern in that she was kind of liberated before her time. She and my darling dad were total partners, if different personalities. Mom - reserved, private, businesslike. Dad - more laid back, logical, amiable, more outgoing. I am still in a state of shock as this tribute is written, July 11 for despite her years, mom was in good health. Sadly it is my belief that the horrific pandemic combined with a terrible, recessed economy where we live and my losing my work in view of those variables, stressed out mom. She suffered several progressive health issues in her final couple of weeks that were, to say the least, terribly unexpected. I hope and pray my angel mommy is with my beloved best friend, advisor and mentor daddy now, and everyone whom mom and dad respected and loved. Mom is the sweetest rose in Heaven and I will do my best to continue with her beloved garden, and her flowers and plants at home. RIP mom......mere words cannot express my love, gratitude, respect for you and my excruciating grief. I love you and will do my best to make you and dad proud and soon, you will be with dad back home in Winnipeg with dear friends around you XO 11 July 2020 - Posted by: Barbara Jane Sowak (daughter) on: Jul 11, 2020

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