It is with a piercing sadness that we announce the recent passing of Sandra Stadnek at the age of seventy-four in Wetaskiwin, AB, following a long and difficult struggle with her health. Born in Turner Valley, AB on August 24, 1946, Sandra slipped quietly from the life she so thoroughly loved on the morning of Monday, October 26, 2020, her husband of over fifty years by her side.
Sandra was predeceased by her parents Rose Marie and Carl Wilfred Carby and her sister, Rosalyn Pearson. Left to cherish her many memories and stories are her loving husband David and her daughter Charmayne, brothers Bill and Michael, all of their spouses and family members as well as numerous extended family and truly dear friends. Sandra touched many lives and it is without doubt that she will be intensely missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
An avid gardener with an unquestionable green thumb, Sandra filled the world around her with vibrant blooms, stunning tomato crops as well as a multitude of other fruits and vegetables which she always turned into delicious culinary delights. She loved to nourish the bodies, hearts, souls and minds of everyone she adored, warming them with a hot meal, a hug, a handmade quilt, a knitted scarf, a crocheted afghan or quite often an entertaining tale.
Sandra was a deft seamstress, who sewed everything from ballet and theatre wardrobes to Halloween costumes, to splendid quilts and even wedding dresses; she certainly knew her way around most any sewing machine. She was also very much at home with crochet hooks or knitting needles in hand, always with a creative project on the go. Immensely resourceful, Sandra could seemingly invent or improve upon most anything and if not, she would swiftly figure out how.
A prodigious reader and writer of stories, Sandra long dreamed of publishing a myriad of books and surely would have, had her health allowed. She loved being a storyteller and did so with a unique flourish, always able to evoke laughter and the odd surprised gasp from her varied audiences. From stories of pipeline life, traveling all over the country and meeting all manner of interesting folk in all sorts of little known places, to copious amounts of journaling and notes for a cookbook , to forays into political satire and even the occasional poem, she was never found far from a pen and paper. It was ever a familiar sight to see her jotting things down as they occurred, never to leave a detail out.
Sandra worked in a variety of jobs over the course of her life, from her time in the insurance field, to working for Imperial Oil, to a period as a much loved teacher’s aide, to eventually working in the shipping office of the Home Hardware warehouse. She excelled throughout her endeavours, however these experiences were never what defined her. What defined Sandra was her devotion to her family, friends and to the things she loved to do with all her heart. Happily traveling many a mile, talking to her plants until they grew green and strong, cooking with sheer love, telling her stories and making people laugh — these were the things that lit up her warm brown eyes and brought a glowing smile to her lips.
A devoted wife, Sandra was also the definition of a mother at her very core, both to her only daughter with whom she shared the deepest of bonds and to any and all who found themselves in need of someone to call “Mom.” Also much loved by Sandra were a number of dear pets over the years, including most recently her beautiful cat Wynter (passed 2018), who were all just as cherished by her as any other family member.
As a person, Sandra was relentlessly resilient, generous and kind of heart. She was always putting the needs of others above her own desires, truly lived to help those she cared for and she steadfastly continued to try to do so until her final day. She will remain ever appreciated, endlessly loved and never forgotten.
Due to current circumstances surrounding gatherings, a Celebration of Life will be postponed until a later date.
For those wishing to honour her life by helping others, donations may be given in memory of Sandra Stadnek to the University Hospital Foundation by visiting https://givetouhf.ca/ways-to-give/ or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta by visiting https://www.heartandstroke.ca/how-you-can-help/ways-to-give and following the respective directions therein.
In addition to the Guestbook here, which all are highly encouraged to use, a Facebook Group has been newly created as a more intimate space within which to share remembrances of Sandra, as well as find updates on future events. For those on Facebook and wishing to join, requests may be submitted to the Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rememberingsandrastadnek.
Serenity Funeral Service Wetaskiwin 780-352-5300