Winnifried (Winnie) Elsa Stankoven

June 26, 1934 – August 21, 2009

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving wife, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind her loving husband, Gus, of 53 years and five children: son, Bill (Lorna) Stankoven – grandchildren Christina, Devin, Brennan & Garrett of Victoria; daughter, Brenda (Dave) Jones – grandchildren Amanda, Jeff & Michelle of Revelstoke; son, Larry (Franca) Stankoven – grandchildren Amy, Amber, Steven & Samuel of Enderby; daughter, Linda (Fred) Iadarola – grandchildren Eric, Jenna & Melissa of Kamloops; son, Wes (Deana) Stankoven – grandchildren Logan & Macie of Kamloops. She also leaves behind one brother, Leonard (Audrey) Goebel of Enderby and one sister, Norma (Nick) Kucher of Kamloops; along with nieces, nephews, close relatives and treasured friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilhelm & Katherina Goebel.

Winnie was born on a farm near Neudorf, Saskatchewan on June 26, 1934. During her elementary years she had to milk two cows and walk four miles to and from school each day. At the young age of 14 she had to quit school and help in the family grocery store. She moved with her parents and siblings to Enderby in 1954. There she met the love of her life, Gus, and were married in 1956. Shortly thereafter they moved to Albert Canyon where Gus worked for CP Rail and they began their family. In 1959 they moved to Rosebery where they resided in the old railway house on Slocan Lake. In 1969 Gus’ work took the family to Enderby where they resided until 1984. While there, Winnie loved spending time at home raising her five children which included spending many hours at the arena and ballpark, doing ceramics, canning fruit and vegetables and looking after and loving her family.

In 1984 Gus was transferred to Kamloops with CP Rail where they resided until retirement in 1991. In 1992 they moved to a beautiful lakefront home on the Arrow Lakes in Nakusp. Here Win spent many hours enjoying the simple things of life including the lake and mountain views, rock painting, playing the organ, and knitting (not only for family and friends but also for third world countries). While in Nakusp she received a lifetime membership with the Nakusp Seniors and in 1998 shared honours with Gus of being awarded “Citizens of the Year”. In 2003 they returned to Kamloops to be more central to family.

Winnie was an unselfish person who loved unconditionally, a friend to everyone, and willing to help all those in need. She devoted her heart, her life and her love to being a wife, a mother and a grandmother and will be greatly missed.

The Reverend Father Derrick Cameron will conduct a memorial service on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 635 Tranquille Road, Kamloops following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army in memory of Winnie. Arrangements in care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 250-546-7237.

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