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Madeline STEPA

August 16, 1922 - July 16, 2020


It is with heavy hearts and much love that we say farewell to our beloved Madeline (Lena) Stepa who passed away on July 16th, 2020, at the age of 97 years. Lena was born on August 16th, 1922 on a farm near Derwent, Alberta to Mary & Andrew Bykowsky, and was one of eleven children. She left the farm seeking adventure and moved to Elk Point where she found employment at the local hospital. In 1943, she married Paul Stepa and together they raised 3 children. Lena was never one to sit still for long. She was always very involved in her community, whether it was volunteering at the library or with the many different organizations in town. She especially enjoyed being a part of the local choir. Lena also took pleasure in gardening, spending time at the lake, berry picking, golfing, curling, playing bingo and cards. Lena was an excellent cook and the family always looked forward to her traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper. She will be forever remembered by her daughters, Lillian Demchuk & Luci Mackenzie; and son, Victor (Sandra); also by her grandchildren, Cheryl Demchuk, Lorne Demchuk (Alison) & Erin Mackenzie (Rahul); and great-grandchildren, Ella & Adam Demchuk. Lena will be missed by her sisters, Mary Woloshyn & Nancy Korpan, as well as her numerous nieces & nephews. Lena was predeceased by her parents; husband, Paul; infant son, Bobby; sons-in-law, Larry Demchuk & Cameron Mackenzie; grandson, Duncan Mackenzie; brothers, John, Matt, Eugene & Russell; & sisters, Hilda Kryvenchuk, Stefania Kiefiuk, Annie Palinka & Olga Boyko. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Dr. Ramful & staff at the Elk Point Health Center for their care, and also the staff at Heritage Lodge where Lena resided for the last couple years. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life may be held at a later date, with inurnment in Elk Point East Cemetery, Elk Point. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations in Lena’s honor may be made to Heritage Lodge or Alberta Health Services/Parkview Extended Care c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Janice & Dan Zarowny
Relation: Family friends

Lillian, Lucille & Victor: We have many fond memories of growing up alongside the Stepa kids. Your mother treated us all well and we respected her always. May you find comfort and peace in your loving memories of her.

From: Debbie and Kevin Lawrence
Relation: Friend

To Victor, Lillian and all of Lena’s family
We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I really got to know your Mom on the first trip the Elk Point Choir took to Germany and have many fond memories of her from that trip as well as the years spent sharing our love of music in the choir. She was a reliable member always ready to help with whatever needed to be done. If we needed someone to bring food we always asked her to bring egg salad sandwiches because her’s where the best. She was a gentle,kind, generous person always elegant and always a lady.
Our condolences to you all. Whatever soothes your spirit, comforts your soul and brings you peace, that’s what you are wished at this sad time.

From: Doris Gancer
Relation: Friend

My condolences to the family of a very friendly Lady . May your wonderful memories help you get through this sad time.

From: Val & Willie Poitras
Relation: Friend

Condolences to all of Lena’s family. She has left us with fond memories.

From: Marian Tychkowsky
Relation: My late husband Peter was related to Victor myself through Royal Purple

Victor so sorry to hear of your loss. I got to know your Mom with the Royal Purple a great lady.

From: Denis Duchesneau

Hey Vic, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Nothing can prepare us for losing a parent regardless how old they are. May you find comfort in happy memories and in knowing others sympathize and care. Remember her from our hockey days.

From: Tony and Myra Bochon
Relation: friends of family

Our thoughts are with the family during this sad time. Lena was such a vibrant and active member of the community. She was always so friendly and eager to visit with everyone. It’s our wish that your memories of her bring you all comfort.

From: Gerald and Mavis Smereka

We send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Don and Brenda Midgley

So sorry to hear for your loss.

From: Priscilla Goossen
Relation: Caregiver

Just thinking of you all and praying for you. I loved looking after your mother. I miss her.

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Heritage Lodge   or

Alberta Health Services/Parkview Extended Care

c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB   T0A 3A1.

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