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Obituary: Stanek, Truda Kathyleen

Age 93

STANEK, Truda Kathyleen We mourn the passing of our mother, Truda Kathyleen Stanek. Truda was born in Spokane on May 31, 1919, and she passed away on March 30, 2013. Except for only a few years, she lived her entire life there. Several years after graduating from Rogers High School, she met and married Frank Stanek. They were married for 45 years. Truda worked for 20 years at Pacific N.W. Bell. She enjoyed the many friendships that she made there, especially the “Birthday Girls”. She looked forward to their dinner celebrations and conversations. After retirement, she volunteered for the Pioneers, a service group for the phone company. Truda was a kind, and loving mother, grandmother, and friend. The grandchildren loved visiting Grandma Truda. They all still talk about her room filled with toys, and all the surprises that she brought with her when she came to visit. Truda loved giving and made sure that Christmas was memorable for the needy. She bought a gift a month, and when December arrived, she would take twelve presents to a Toys-For-Tots drop off. She always included gift-wrap and ribbon. Truda loved animals, especially dogs. In the winter she would take blankets to the animal shelter. She especially enjoyed her little black poodle, Mitzi. Truda bowled on two different teams until she was 85 years old. She was also a world traveler. She visited Asia, Europe, So. and Central America, New Zealand, and Australia, as well as many places in the U.S. Among her favorite destinations were Hong Kong for shopping, and Reno for keno. In the summer, Truda could frequently be found fishing for salmon on the Kenai River in Alaska, where she enjoyed spending time with family members. Her three children will lovingly remember Truda: Ron Stanek, Judy and husband Jay Hatch, and Bob Stanek. She has six grandchildren: Barbara, Sandy, Tim, Anne, Colin, and Melissa, and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving Truda are many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceeding Truda in death were her husband Frank, sister Wanda Lemon, brother Frank Tavares, Jr., daughter-in-law Sheryl Stanek, and great grand-daughter Marie Belluomini. We would like to thank Hospice, especially Kris, for the comfort she provided. Also, thank you to the kind and caring staff at Northpoint, Unit B, where Truda lived her final years. Her funeral service will be held at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am. Interment at Fairmount Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a contribution to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur St., POB 2215, Spokane, WA 99210-2215.