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Stella Ann Symbalisty
November 1, 1939 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Stella was born November 1, 1939 to Michael and Nellie Zabresky in the Postup community northeast of Roblin. She received her early education at Postup school, then graduated from Roblin High School. She held a couple of jobs; one as a waitress and one as a bookkeeper at Skinner’s Nursery.
At 18 years of age, she attended a gospel meeting in Grandview where she responded to the invitation to let Jesus Christ be Lord of her life. This set her direction and purpose and guaranteed her final destination where she is now enjoying life, full and complete, in His presence.
Stella married William Symbalisty on October 23, 1958. They settled on his parents’ family farm, southwest of Grandview, where they farmed successfully until 2000 when they retired and moved to their present home at Lake of the Prairies. One daughter, Brenda May, the joy of their lives, was born May 1, 1960.
Stella poured ceaseless energy into being a caring mother, fabulous cook and amazing gardener. During harvest, she worked side by side with her husband operating a combine or driving a truck, hauling grain.
Stella enjoyed gardening and preserving; always producing much more than what was needed for themselves. Her hospitality and generosity were never-ending. Friends, family and acquaintances always went home with something from her garden or kitchen. She was an amazing cook, turning out delicious cabbage rolls and perogies, cakes and muffins on a regular basis.
She liked to save recipes and accumulated quite a collection. Stella did a lot of sewing, making dresses for herself and Brenda, and creating numerous quilts from the left-over fabric pieces. She passed on her knowledge and passion to her daughter. The family worked together but also took time to get away, making several memorable trips through Western Canada and to destinations in Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.
Happy that Brenda lived nearby in Yorkton, Stella was a proud young grandma, very invested in Brinton and Braden as infants and young children. She continued to keep the connection even after Brenda’s passing when Brian and the boys moved to Abbotsford, BC.
Stella’s enjoyment in her later years came from watching gospel TV programs, her twice-weekly visits with coffee row friends in Roblin, and hearing from her grandsons. For many years, through Compassion Canada, Stella faithfully sponsored under-privileged children in Rwanda, Indonesia and Nicaragua.
Stella will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her husband William, brother Steve Zabresky, sister Shirley King, son-in-law Brian (Marike) Hall, grandsons Brinton (Samantha) Hall, Braden (Elizabeth) Hall, great-grandchildren Ezra and Evangeline Hall, brother-in law Eugene (Shirley) Symbalisty, sister-in-law Audrey Symbalisty, numerous nephews and nieces and a host of friends.
Stella was predeceased by father Michael in 1945, daughter Brenda in 1995 and mother Nellie in 2003; also, brothers-in-law Stan King, Jake (Laura) Symbalisty, Morris (Kay) Symbalisty, Andrew Symbalisty, and sisters-in-law Ann (Mike) Buyer, Isabel (Jack) Switzer, Margaret (Bill) Murray, and Gladys (Jim) Taylor.
The memory of Stella will remain etched in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8
Funeral Service was held on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm from Sneath-Strilchuk Roblin Chapel in Roblin, Manitoba. Interment followed in Roblin District Cemetery in Roblin, MB. Pallbearers were Brinton Hall, Braden Hall, Myron Sorokopud, Wally Neuman, Gordie Mitchell, Danny Anhalt.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Stella may be made to Compassion Canada 985 Adelaide St S, London, ON N6E 4A3 or at www.compassion.ca or to a charity of your choice..