We Remember

STEFANIK, Joseph Leonard

December 2, 1929 — February 23, 2021

With dignity and grace, our beloved Joe passed away peacefully at Kelowna General Hospital on February 23, 2021, in Kelowna, BC. Joe, Dad, Granddad, Slammer, Uncle Joe will be lovingly remembered by his son Joe “Joey” Stefanik and daughter-in-law Dawn Kuehn; grandchildren Drew, Devan, and Dana Stefanik; step-grandchildren Ariel Kew-Ladret (Graham Kew) and Max Ladret (Teegan Titanich); sister Merie Vassar and sister-in-law Jean Jonasson; and nieces and nephews Debby Oldershaw, Renee Strong, Jacqueline Brisdon, David Couture, Jonna and Billy Vassar, Brian Keilback, Janet Fraser, Brenda Klayh, and Lori, Michael and Trevor Jonasson. Joe was sadly predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Norma  “Noomsie” Stefanik; as well as his father William Stefanik and mother Mary Stefanik; father-in-law Baldur Jonasson and mother-in-law Olga Anderson (née Olson) and her second husband Arnie Anderson; sisters-in-law Grace Jonasson, Gwen Couture and Polly Keilback, and brothers-in-law Leon Jonasson, Ray Couture, Jack Keilback, Bill Vassar; and nephew Dan Couture and niece Debby’s husband, Jim Oldershaw.

Born on December 2, 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to William and Mary Stefanik, Joe’s childhood and teen years were spent in the North end of Winnipeg.  While Joe was employed at the family business “Bill’s Dyers & Cleaners”, Joe went to a dance and met Norma; he fell madly in love with her at first glance. On June 6, 1953, Joe and Norma were married at the First Lutheran Church on Victor Street in Winnipeg. In 1957, they had their only son, Joey. A year later in 1958, they purchased their family home in Windsor Park. Many wonderful summers were spent together at their cabin at Grand Beach, family and friends were often with them. Joe continued to work in the family business until May 1972 when it was destroyed in a fire. At 43, Joe changed careers and became a travelling Life Insurance salesman for Pennsylvania Life. He stayed with Pennsylvania Life until his retirement.

In 1989, Joe and Norma moved to Kelowna, BC where they bought a lovely home with a big garden and fruit trees and spent many beautiful years there together. In 2008, Norma was diagnosed with dementia, and she spent the remaining 7 years of her life at Sunpointe Village. Joe, ever the devoted husband, faithfully visited her every single day.  After her passing, Joe moved in with Joey and Dawn surrounded with the love and compassion of family, but he remained fiercely independent. Joe continued to volunteer at Sunpointe Village, only the restrictions due to the pandemic stopped him. In 2020, Joe travelled to Mexico and spent his time reading books, watching his favourite hockey team the Winnipeg Jets, going on walks to Ben Lee Park, and many sunny hours growing his vegetables with great pride in the backyard. Joe will always be remembered for his larger than life character, his great sense of humour and jokes, his kind heart and generous spirit and big bear hugs.

A celebration of Joe’s life will take place, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, it will be by invitation only.

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

Share with Others:

Share on Facebook
Share Via Email