SLEMKO StevePosted: February 18th, 2015
STEVE SLEMKO, of Coaldale, beloved husband of Frances Slemko, passed away at the Coaldale Long Term Care Centre on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the age of 97 years. Steve is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances; son Ken (Kathy), three daughters Mary Coles (Walter), Loretta Simmill (Kevin), Rosanna Stevens (Tom); grandchildren Ken Coles (Dana), Angela Hope (Nick), Mike Coles, Sarah and Kris Slemko, Steven Simmill (Kathy), Lisa Orton (Jeff), David Simmill (Brittany), Tom and James Funk; 9 great grandchildren; two brothers Pete (Diana) and Bill (Jean). Parents Sam and Pearl Slemko, siblings Anne, John and Mary predeceased him. Steve was born on September 13, 1917 in Coalhurst, AB but raised in Lethbridge until Grade 8 when his family moved to a farm in the Coaldale area. He really enjoyed life on the farm working and playing together as a family unit. He attended Garbutt Business College in Lethbridge and became a bookkeeper and stenographer. He enlisted in 1940 with the Southern Alberta Regiment and because of his training became the "little Radar ORielly" in a mobile armoured unit. He received his discharge in1946 and returned to Coaldale. He married Frances Wadden on June 30,1951, built a house on a farm in the Coaldale area and raised their four children. Steve farmed until 1971 when he became a county councillor for the County of Lethbridge. He and Frances developed many strong and lasting friendships within the county. Always steadfast in their faith, they joined the Sisters of St. Martha Association. Steve was secretary-treasurer of St.Josephs School from 1969-1994. He loved being around all the children and had a pocket full of coins to hand out. In recognition of his contribution to the community and country, Steve received Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals. Steve and Frances travelled the world during their retirement years. His children and grandchildren always returned to the farm for holidays enjoying farm life, card playing and family games. Steve and Frances moved from the farm to a seniors residence in Lethbridge in 2012 after Steve experienced deficits from a stroke. He will be remembered with a smile and greatly missed by his family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. with Father Newton Rodriquez officiating. The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 – 23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Newton Rodriquez, Celebrant. A Private Family Interment will follow at the Coaldale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve\’s name to the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation, C/O Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program, Foothills Medical Centre, 1403 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 2T9
Our deepest condolences to Frances and the Slemko family.
Steve was a true gentleman and will be missed. We are thankful that he was able to attend the re-union held in September.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember him.
Our condolences to you on the loss of your father, Steve Slemko. Dennis and I briefly met him on the evening of my brother, Jake Klassen’s viewing at the Martin Brother’s Funeral Home. I think my brother Jake built your family’s house on the farm. Mary, your father seemed like a very devoted, sincere person and had a real heartfelt concern for your family. We hope and pray that things are going well for all of you.Reading your father’s obituary brought back many memories for myself growing up in the Coaldale community. I remember Peter Slemko, who was the principal at John Davidson when I was in elementary school. Please give Michael our love, we would still like to do that in person, someday when he is ready.
Blessings and peace to you as you lay your beloved father to rest.
– Dennis and Katie Harder
Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father, Steve Slemko. Dennis and I met him briefly the night prior to my brother Jake Klassen’s Funeral Service. Your father came to the viewing that night and he was parked next to us. He was such a kind, gentle person, and he had heartfelt concern for your family. He must have been a wonderful father and grandfather. Please give Michael our love.Someday when Michael is ready we would love to give him a hug in person.
Blessings and peace to all of you as you mourn and lay your father to rest.
– Dennis and Katie Harder