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Christine Stefula


July 13, 2017

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Christine Stefula

Christine Stefula, 98, beloved wife of the late Steve Stefula, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 1, 2017, in her home at College Walk in Brevard.

Born in Myjava, Slovak Republic (then Czechos-lovakia) Feb. 6, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Stefan and Anna Vanek. She emigrated to the United States in 1937 and lived in New Jersey, where she met her husband, Steve. They were married April 15, 1941 and settled in Demarest, N.J., where she worked for Bergan Knitting Mills making sweaters and other knit-wear.

Their love of the ocean brought them to Bradenton Fla., where they lived for several years before settling in Brevard in 1975. They built a home on See-Off Mountain, where they lived for nearly 30 years before moving to the Deer Track community in town. She moved to College Walk in 2015.

They were blessed with 70 years together, sharing a remarkable lifetime filled with all that they loved to do. Long time members of the See-Off Homesteader's Club and Friends of the Library, they biked and hiked together, and were active members of the Pisgah Hiking Club for 30 years.

They loved the ocean and for many years enjoyed vacationing at Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Bradenton. They traveled cross-country by car, and enjoyed many trips visiting family and friends in Czechoslovakia.

In Czechoslovakia they witnessed the first free election after the 1989 fall of communism.

Long-time volunteers with Meals on Wheels, they received the N.C. Governor's Service Award, honoring them for 27 years of service.

She is survived by her niece, Lillian Pekrul, of Dover, Del .; grandnieces, Kristen (Tony) DiLorenzo, of Rocky Hill, Conn. and Susan (Herb) Miller, of Baltimore, Md .; grandnephew, Mark (Wendy) Pekrul and their children, Caroline and Robert, of Ellicott City, Md .; and great-grandnephew, Adam (Heidi) Miller and their children, Benjamin and Jocyln, of Baltimore, Md.

Special friends, Sue, Nancy, Judy and Bill brought much joy into her life.

In addition to Steve and her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, John Vanek and sister, Zuzana Oujezdsky; also several nieces and nephews, all in Slovakia.

She loved the natural beauty of the world around her and enjoyed flowers, birds, the mountains and waterfalls. She longed to return to her little house in the woods. She was an excellent cook, especially of dishes reminiscent of Slovakia.

Always gracious and thoughtful, she was thankful for the very special care she received from the staff at College Walk and from the caregivers of Compassionate Home Care. Her family is forever grateful for the friendships of Sue and Nancy and Judy and Bill, and for the loving care provided by all of her caregivers.

A memorial service will be held at College Walk at 3 p.m. July 19, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christine's memory to Compassionate Home Care, c/o Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main St., Hendersonville NC 28792 or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 485, Brevard, NC 28712.


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