STANKO VeraPosted: January 2nd, 2015
VERA PURNELL STANKO passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at the age of 96. Vera was born Oct. 21, 1918 at Woolford, Alberta to Sadie Glover and Shem Goaslind Purnell. She was the 8thof 12 children. A track star in high school, she went on to become a cosmetologist and eventually owned the Silverdale Beauty Shop from 1956 until her retirement. Vera was an accomplished cook, gardener, quilter, artist, a true generous friend, and community volunteer. She walked or hiked almost every day with friends. She married Nestor Stanko Dec. 13, 1939 in Cardston, AB. Nestor died May 26, 1994. They had two children: N. Leroy Stanko (Rosann) North Logan, UT; and Melanie Zimmerman (Dean), Alpine, UT. Vera has 7 grandchildren: Tamara Stanko Bond, Hong Kong; Brian Leroy Stanko (Terra), Hyrum, UT; David Zimmerman (Jennifer), Derby, KS; Michelle Smith (Greg), Alpine, UT; Michael Zimmerman (Kerri), Corona, CA; Jared Zimmerman (Josie), Brookfield, MO; Jacqueline Candland (Spencer), Eagle Mountain, UT; and 27 great grandchildren. Vera was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a choir member, and an inspiration to her children, grandchildren and extended family. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS – LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410-28 Street South, Lethbridge. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers (because of allergies) please contribute to your favorite charity. Many thanks to the devoted employees of Adapt-a-Care and friends and family who have extended kindnesses to Vera.