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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.

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From: Grace Donald
Relation: Niece

Sending you our love and sympathy as you mourn the loss of your mother. She has always been one of my favourites. I always admired her passion for life, family, cooking and fun. I loved your house in Derwent. It was alway so clean and comfortable. Funny, I too enjoy a very clean house. Must be a Bykowski trait. My dad spoke very highly of his sister Lena – always with great love and admiration. I

Rest In Peace Auntie Lena.

From: Sandra Lorenson (Holthe)
Relation: Acquaintance

Lena was a kind, friendly woman. Every time we met she would always say, “And how are you today Sandra?” Years ago I bought an antique jug from her. I was happy to get it and she was happy to get rid of the ‘old thing’ and her explanation of why made me chuckle. Lena was a delightful woman and in the future when I think of her it will always be with warm fondness. I extend my sincere sympathies to Lenas family and friends. Lena was a sweetheart.

From: Russ and Evelyn Kowtun
Relation: Ffiends of the family

Condolences to the family. We share many fond memories of Lena. She was a special Lady. May your memories bring peace and comfort during this sad time as you grieve a loss, but celebrate her life.

From: Russ and Evelyn Kowtun
Relation: Friends of the family

Condolences to the family. We have many good memories of Lena through the years.
May your special memories bring you comfort and peace as you grieve a loss but
Celebrate the life of a special Lady.

From: Donna Desjardins
Relation: Friend

Vic, Lillian and family- We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Norma Lorenson
Relation: Worked with Lil

My sympathy to you on the loss of your Mother. Remember the special times, may they bring you comfort. Lena always had time for a visit.

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