Our loving Mother and Grandmother, Pearl Stefanik passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 in the Polson Multi-Level Unit at the age of 90 years.
Pearl will be sadly missed by her children, Carol (Vern) Healey and Stanley Stefanik (Cathy); her grandchildren, Jim (Tara) Healey, Joyce (Dan) Shetterly and Brianna Stefanik. Also left to cherish her memory are her two brothers, John (Joan) Melnyk and Bill (Eileen) Melnyk; and many nieces and nephews in B.C. and Alberta. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph; and two brothers, Harry and Andrew Melnyk.
Pearl was born on August 7th, 1924 in Poland of Ukrainian heritage and she immigrated to Canada with her family when she was five years old. The family homesteaded near Bonnyville, Alberta and in her late teens Pearl moved to Edmonton where she met her future husband Joe. After their marriage, they moved to Vernon with their daughter Carol in 1947. A spirited entrepreneur, Pearl was the driving force behind the building and opening of the Red Top Cafe in 1950. The enterprise grew into a corner store and coffee shop with clothing and footwear added in the early sixties. Taking an early retirement, Pearl then had plenty of time to enjoy her passion for fishing and hunting.
Pearl was cremated and a Graveside Service is being planned for the Spring that will take place in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Pearl to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., #102-3402-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S1 or to the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Polson for the wonderful care they gave to our Mother in the last years of her life.
Arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5