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On January 23, 2024, our beloved matriarch, Steffy Kawalilak, passed away quickly and peacefully surrounded by family and love just a few months short of her 100th birthday. She will be sorrowfully missed and forever appreciated as a perfect example of how a life should be lived.
Stefania Katie Kawalilak was born on April 5, 1924 in Kopernick, Alberta to Albert and Pearl Stefaniszyn. She was the third of eight children born into a farming family that settled in the Viking area. After a childhood filled with hard work typical of the era, Steffy married her one true love, John Kawalilak in 1941. John and Steffy settled into their own rural home in the Polska area which they affectionately filled with 10 children and lived a farming life that revolved around hard work, family, and faith. After John’s passing in 1984, Steffy continued to live on the farm until 1988, when she moved into her own home in Camrose. Steffy filled her widowed life with church, gardening, sewing, and visiting famil and friends. In 2017 Steffy moved into Rosealta Lodge in Camrose where she continued to practice her faith, stitch quilts, visit loved ones, and partake in every social activity. She was very proud to call Rosealta home until her passing.
Steffy was predeceased by her husband John; her son, Richard Kawalilak; her daughter Virginia Voltner; her son, Don Kawalilak; her parents Albert and Pearl Stefaniszyn; her sister, Rosie Lestus; and her brothers, Casper, Stanley, Martin, Rudolph, and Andrew.
Steffy is survived by her daughter Leona (Stan Voltner); son-in-law, Vern Voltner; daughter Veronica (Dean Niemetz); daughter Theresa (Phil Lindgren); daughter-in-law Betty Kawalilak; daughter Barb (Brian Micklich); daughter Cecilia (Bruce Rivest), daughter Maryann (Bob Nolan); son Len Kawalilak (Colleen), and brother Louis Stefaniszyn. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. Steffy was very proud of the large legacy that she was leaving behind.
Despite a great deal of adversity and many challenges throughout her years, Steffy rarely complained or felt sorry for herself and lived each day full of prayer, love, and with a very grateful heart.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 26, 2024 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Camrose.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2024 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Rev. Kris Schmidt as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Polska Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Polska Cemetery or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.