1928 - 2018
It is with great sorrow that the family of Stephan Thomas Sutka announce that he passed away peacefully in Taber on Sunday June 17, 2018 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides Bessie, his loving wife of sixty five years, Steve will be greatly missed and held deep in the hearts of their two sons Ron (Maureen) Sutka of Cranford and Jerry Sutka of Calgary; grandchildren Michelle (John) Winters of Newport, Virginia, Jason (Jennifer) Sutka of Taber and Troy Sutka of Cranford; great grandchildren Kallista Winters (Adam Harless), Kyrra Winters, Brodyn Sutka, Josh Sebok and Tyrah Sebok. He will also be remembered by his sister Helen (Frank) Benci of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Steve was predeceased by his parents Katie (nee Hanzlik) and William Sutka, sister Annie Praskach and brother-in-law Joe Praskach and by Bessie’s parents Mary (nee Frolka) and Joe Kacer.
Steve was born in Hostovce, Czechoslovakia on February 16, 1928, the youngest child of William and Katie Sutka. His father immigrated to Canada in 1928 with the rest of the family following in 1935, settling in Picture Butte where his family farmed and the children received their education.
On November 19, 1952 Steve and Bessie (nee Kacer) were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lethbridge and together they farmed and raised their sons in Cranford.
Steve continued to reside on the family farm until his passing.
He was a man who was proud of his heritage and you could often find him in the kitchen cooking foods from his childhood.
Steve loved to spend his spare time gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling. He and Bessie were able to enjoy vacations to Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, Michigan and various other places in the United States and loved spending summers at Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia. His greatest pleasure was travelling back to Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Steve was a family man at heart and cherished every moment spent with the ones he loved most. You could always see the sparkle in his eye when his grandchildren and great grandchildren were near.
Steve’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Galbraith, Dr. Zielke, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Leishman, all the nurses and staff at the Taber Hospital, Taber EMS and Taber Home Care for providing exceptional care.