Sep 28, 1934 – Feb 20, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mihela (Michelle) Sterbenc in Golden, BC on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the age of 83.
Mihela was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on September 28, 1934 and spent most of her young life growing up on the family farm in Trzin. At the age of 20, she boarded a steamship and sailed across the Atlantic to join her husband Joseph (Joe) Sterbenc in Toronto. After a short period of time, they headed west to Canal Flats before settling in Golden. She worked in various housekeeping positions before becoming the custodian at the Golden Medical Clinic for over 30 years until her retirement in 2000.
Mihela loved to garden and grew a bounty of vegetables and herbs of which she delighted in sharing with friends and neighbors. She enjoyed spending a quiet afternoon in the back yard, admiring her flowers, ordering Joe about with the barbecuing, or having a catnap in the sun. She also loved family visits and functions; her grandkids filled her with joy and laughter.
Mihela was a devout Catholic and attended mass almost every Sunday while she was able.
She is predeceased by her husband, Joe, brother-in-law Paul, and nephew Peter; lovingly remembered by her daughters, Maria (Don) and Irene, and son Rob; grandchildren Michaela and Ben. She is also survived by sibllings and extended family in Canada and Slovenia.
The family would like to thank the excellent staff at Henry Durand Manor for their kindness and care of Mihela and the many friends who continued to visit her during her residency there.
Mihela worked hard both in and out of the home and made many sacrifices to ensure a better life for her kids. Thank you mom, we love you very much.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Golden, BC on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 am, followed by refreshments and a light lunch in the reception hall.
Internment will take place at the Golden Cemetery.
Online condolences may be forwarded to the family through Mihela’s obituary at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com
Hindman Bowers Funeral Home