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Born: Apr 04, 1933

Date of Passing: Dec 17, 2020

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(nee KRUPA)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Stefania Karpa (nee Krupa) on December 17, 2020, at the age of 87.
Stefania is survived by her son Mark, daughter-in-law Shelley, and her three grandchildren, Orycia, Alexander, and Adrianna. Also mourning her passing are her sister Iryna, nieces, and nephews from Poland, extended family in Winnipeg, and her beloved friends. Stefania was predeceased by her husband John of 40 years, parents Nicholas and Eve, and sister Olga.
Stefania was born on April 4, 1933 in the town of Vetlin near the city of Yaroslav in Western Ukraine. She left home at the age of 29 and moved to Winnipeg in 1963 where she married her husband John in 1964. Stefania was very proud of her Ukrainian heritage and being a parishioner of St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church and Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha.
Stefania was involved with many Ukrainian organizations in Winnipeg including Institute Prosvita, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ukrainian Catholic Women's League, Manitoba Ukrainian Canadian Women's Committee, and Ukrainian Youth Association (C.Y.M.). Stefania also loved to sing and was a member of Dumka Choir for many years. Stefania was a seamstress working at Marika Fashion, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and from her house. She was also an avid gardener and wonderful cook.
Stefania was an unwavering servant of God and dedicated to her family. The love she had for Mark, Shelley, and especially her three grandchildren, Orycia, Alexander, and Adrianna gave her the strength to have a long and beautiful life.
Thank you to Dr. Terry Babick, Dr. Andrea Babick, and the entire St. Mary's ward staff at Holy Family Home for all of your compassionate care. We also want to thank Dr. Paul Szelemej and the entire G7 unit staff at HSC for making Stefania's last days peaceful and comfortable. Lastly, we thank our Lord for the wonderful gift of our Mama and Baba. We are grateful for her beautiful and precious life.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in our province, the Panachyda and Divine Liturgy were sung privately on Tuesday, December 22 at Korban Funeral Chapel with interment followed at All Saints Cemetery officiated by Msgr Michael Buyachok.

May our Mama and Baba Rest in Eternal Peace, forever in our memory. Vichnaya Pamyat.

Should you desire, donations can be made to the Lubov SSMI Foundation at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Mark, Thank you so much for sharing your dear mom with us, and letting her practice being the best substitute baba and grandmother two little boys could ever have. Her cookies and garden treats always came with hugs and tickles and even when we were told a firm NO, that they might just spoil our supper, she had a way of sneaking a treat into our pocket and placing a smile that will last forever in our hearts. Orycia, Alexander, and Adrianna (and Shelley too), you were so lucky to be loved and cherished by this beautiful, kind and generous woman. Rest in peace dear neighbour and friend, Love Adam and Nathan Glover, and Lois. - Posted by: Lois Greenhill (neighbour) on: Jan 15, 2021

  • Mark, Shelley and Family. May Gods grace bring you strength, comfort and healing in this time of sorrow in the loss of your mother. With Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy, our Condolences to all of you. . Vichnaya Pamyat. - Taras and Sally Jaworsky - Posted by: Taras and Sally Jaworsky (Friend ) on: Dec 29, 2020

  • Mark, Shelley, & Family Mrs. Karpa was a very gracious lady. We were very fortunate to have known her on St. Mary's section at Holy Family. She was very kind to my late mother - Anne Lacomy. She called her "Malenka Hanya". Her stories at the lunch table were very interesting. Please accept our condolences, from Marilyn & Boris Nazarewich, and Tanis & Cam Bennet & family. - Posted by: Boris & Marilyn Nazarewich (Friends) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Shelley and Mark - I just wish to offer my prayers and sympathy since your mother was called too soon into the Heavenly Kingdom. How she loved to pray and to celebrate the Divine Liturgy every Wed. and Sunday here at Holy Family... as I returned to the sacristy, she faithfully would come to chapel to pray and each time she reminded me that she was praying for me - for which i am most thankful! I loved her energy as she daily would proceed outside for fresh air and exercise... After visiting her in her room, she welcomed me with open arms and much love - as if she personally was welcoming her beloved Jesus... i always left inspired and felt her loving presence... May she rest in peace! Father Bohdan Lukie - Posted by: Father Bohdan (Chaplain) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Mrs. Karpa was a good friend and "neighbour" to my late mother on St. Mary's Ward at Holy Family. I had the pleasure of seeing her frequently during my many visits. A lovely friendly lady with a warm smile. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Vichnaya Pamyat. My condolences to the Karpa family. - Posted by: Bohdan Buyachok (friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Mark and family, We are very sorry to hear of Stefania's passing. We would love listening to her stories during lunch on St. Marys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ken and Dolores Bielak - Posted by: Ken + Dolores Bielak (Friends) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Mark & Shelley, Please accept our sincere & heart felt condolences from myself & Dennis. Your mother was a lovely women, & along with your father was a part of the tight knit family of friends our parents enjoyed. Many happy memories of our childhood growing up & gathering at different family functions, or just friendly Sunday afternoon visits & card games our parents would have. For me, many times your mother would make a dress for me for one occasion or another. Anyway, your mother will be missed but never forgotten, & always loved by her family as she loved you all. Take care. With Sympathy, Orysia &. Dennis Koster - Posted by: Orysia Koster (Family Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Mark and family my condolence for your loss. It was my pleasure to sing Liturgy at HFH with your Mom. Her beautiful voice blended so well it made the Liturgy come alive. God has another Angel to watch over you and your family . Vichnaya Pamyat. - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • We are sorry to hear about your mama. It is newer easy. Our prayers are with you and your family. Pecuh family - Posted by: Ivan Pecuh (friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

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