1934 – 2021
Alexandria Stesenko passed away peacefully on June 12, 2021, at the Swan River Valley Personal Care Home at the age of 86 years.
Alexandria was born November 17, 1934, to Mary and Fred Slobodian in Whitebeech, Saskatchewan where she grew up and attended school.
She married her husband Walter on October 16, 1954, and their love sustained them through good times and hard times for sixty-six years. They began their life together on the Stesenko family farm in the Harlington District where they lived until retiring to Swan River. In November 2020 she was hospitalized and then moved to the Swan Valley Personal Care Home in May 2021.
Alexandria, or “Laxie” as she was known by most people (or “Baba” in her later years), was a loving person with a kind and gentle soul. She worked tirelessly her entire life - from her days as a young girl building the fire at school before class started - to working side by side with her husband to make a success of the family farm, she worked milking the cows, caring for the animals, planting, and harvesting a massive garden, all while raising four children. She was always busy, cleaning and cooking (especially her fabulous pickles and making her famous perogies). Laxie was generous to everyone and welcomed one and all into her home.
She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing cards and time spent at the lake. After retirement she continued with her gardening, preserves and perogie making (right up until last summer) and most Saturday afternoons would find her enjoying a coffee at the Legion meat draw.
She leaves to sadly mourn, her loving husband Walter; her daughters, Marilyn (James) Beer of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Lorna (Dwayne) Stankewich of Swan River, Manitoba; her sons, David of Bowsman, Manitoba, and Lenard of Cranberry Portage, Manitoba; her grandchildren, Shawn (Molly) Stankewich of Seattle, Washington, Mark (Meighan) Stankewich of Minitonas, Manitoba, and her namesake Alexandria Stesenko of Bowsman; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Laxie was predeceased by her parents; her brother Dan Slobodian; and sisters Ethel Chess and Olga Golding.
Cremation has taken place and no service will be held at this time. If desired, donations may be made in Alexandria’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Swan River Branch No. 39.
“She asked for so little, but gave so very much”
We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone;
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same;
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Swan Valley Funeral Services
363 Kelsey Trail, Swan River, Manitoba
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Swan River Legion Branch No. 39
Box 786, Swan River MB R0L 1Z0