STANN, Stefan Anthony
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April 3, 1925 - Markinch, SK
September 24, 2013 - Calgary, AB
Stefan (Steve) Stann of Calgary, Alberta and formerly of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, passed away on September 24, 2013 at the age of 88 years. Steve was born on April 3, 1925 in Markinch, Saskatchewan. Growing up on a farm, Steve had a love for nature and agriculture. Upon completing high school, he enrolled in the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with distinction in 1949. He worked with the Conservation and Development Branch of the Government of Saskatchewan before establishing the International Harvester business in Southey with his brothers John and Dan. Steve met his future wife Maxine at a young people's function at Carmichael United Church in Regina. On November 17, 1951 they were married, starting a life-long partnership that spanned over sixty years. Steve and Maxine moved to Rosthern in 1959, a community which they called home for half a century. Following the move, Steve embarked on a new business venture – building and operating Stann Bros. Hardware & Sporting Goods with his brother Dan. For more than thirty years, Steve and Dan enjoyed serving their many customers in Rosthern and surrounding communities, many of whom became life-long friends. A dedicated sports enthusiast, education advocate, community builder and neighbour, Steve was quick to extend a helping hand to others. He worked passionately to make his communities better places to work, live and raise a family, and he cultivated many friendships along the way with his timely sense of humour. In his later years, Steve spent countless hours with his auction and flea-market hobby – discovering hidden treasures, restoring them and finding happy new owners. We have all been so richly blessed to have had Steve in our lives as a wonderful husband, father, Gramps and friend. Steve will be lovingly remembered by his children Darcy (Mary Ellen), Colleen (Alex), and Darryl (Denita); grandchildren Bryanne and Thomas; sisters Elaine and Eva; and nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was predeceased by his loving wife Maxine; his father Constantine; his mother Elena; his brothers John and Dan; and his sisters Mary, Flora and Sophie. A Memorial Service will be held at CALGARY CREMATORIUM CHAPEL, 3219 - 4 Street N.W., (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery) on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Please forward condolences through www.hffs.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 - 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 (Phone 403-205-3966, email email@example.com). The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to all our relatives, friends and neighbours for their many acts of compassion and kindness. Heartfelt thanks are also extended to the warm and caring staff of McKenzie Towne Retirement Residence and the Rockyview General Hospital.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Sept. 27, 2013