February 1, 1925 – Taber, AB
December 1, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Helen Stanko, beloved wife of the late Michael Stanko of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the age of 88 years.
Helen was born under a bright blue sky and grew to adore the great Alberta vistas. She grew strong working on the family farm and after the death of her mother Julia Revak, looked after her father Andrew and youngest brother John.
She had a great love of music and often sang at home. Her voice was clear and sweet, but being quite shy, she rarely sang in public except in church, and then very softly. For her, singing was a way to find solace and heal those around her. Though she never had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument when she was young, she placed a high regard in musical talent and expression. Later in life she taught herself to play the organ and found great enjoyment in the simplest of tunes.
Helen loved to walk and, having never learned to drive, used that love to canvas on behalf of a number of charities, walking long distances in community service. As a longtime member of the CWL, she worked tirelessly to help others, finding great satisfaction and reward, and true joy in sharing stories with those around her. Never one to quit, she strove to overcome two strokes in the last year of her life, but ultimately grew weary and said goodbye to prairie skies and left this world for a better place.
She leaves behind sons Eric and Brian of Calgary, sisters-in-law Pauline Strickland, of Langley, BC, Annie Stanko and Rose Stanko of Lethbridge, AB, and a wealth of wonderful friends.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Helen’s honour to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
In living memory of Helen Stanko, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences