KENNARD, Stella Annie (née Diaczyszyn)

Posted: October 24th, 2018

June 15, 1932 – Shackleton, Saskatchewan

October 18, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Stella Annie Kennard (née Diaczyszyn) passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the age of 86. Stella was born in Shackleton, SK, on June 15, 1932. She was the only child of Thomas and Matrona ‘Minnie’ Diaczyszyn, immigrants to Canada from the Western Ukraine. Stella moved with her family to Medicine Hat, AB, and graduated from Alexandra High School. She completed secretarial school and worked as a tele-typist for the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Stella met her future husband Don Kennard in high school, and they were married on June 13, 1955. Stella was a happy mother of three girls- Kathy, Donna, and Susan. She was also active in the Medicine Hat Curling Club, and the community service Kinette Club of Canada. She enjoyed spending summers with her family at Elkwater Lake, AB.

In 1970, Stella moved with her family to Calgary and settled in Lake Bonavista. She developed new friends, joined a neighborhood bridge club, volunteered for the Catholic Women’s League at St Bonaventure Church, Calgary Meals on Wheels, and was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business at Bonavista Esso.

Most of all, Stella was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was very proud of her family and supported their many academic and extra-curricular ventures. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Kennard-MacKenzie of Rye, NY, Donna Kennard of Fernie, BC, and Susan Kennard-Ball of Banff, AB. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Kristine Sargeantson of Brooklyn, NY, Hallam, Charles, and Donald Cole MacKenzie of New York, NY, and Julie and Nicole Morter of Calgary, AB.

Stella is predeceased by her husband, Donald Percy Kennard.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers, nurses, doctors and Vets’ Angels volunteers at the Carewest Colonel Belcher Long Term Care Centre for all of the wonderful care and companionship they provided. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Health Trust in support of Colonel Belcher’s Vet’s Angels, 800-11012 Macleod Trail S, Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, https://secure. Condolences may be forwarded through

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