Victoire (Vicky) Stefkovic
January 16, 1943 – June 2, 2020
Forever In Our Hearts
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Victoire (Vicky) Stefkovic (née Manaigre) on June 2, 2020 at Health Sciences Centre.
Vicky was the embodiment of generosity and kindness. She leaves behind John, her husband of 60 years; beloved daughters Gladys (Maynard), Grace (Douglas), and Phyllis (Garth); grandchildren Danielle, Bradley, Amanda, and Kelly; and three great-grandchildren Quintin, Wrenn, and Brandi. Vicky’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were a great source of joy to her and she delighted in spending time with them. She also leaves behind 2 brothers and 2 sisters and many nieces and nephews. Vicky was predeceased by her son-in-law Maynard, brothers Armand, Arthur, baby Emile, Odias, Gerald, Edmond; and sisters Hermine and Anita.
Vicky was married at 16 years old to John and began farming alongside his parents to develop prize winning registered Holsteins. Their cattle would go on to win Grand Champion and many other awards of excellence. They knew many of their cows by name and pedigree and were very proud of their standing in the shows. Together, Vicky and John overcame adversity and rebuilt their farm after the destruction of most of their prized herd in 1999 due to a barn fire.
In her later years, Vicky relished in fishing including catching several master angler fish and participating in several local wildlife clubs. She delighted in going to the cottage which she considered her “happy place”. Vicky also enjoyed making puzzles and knitting—making over 170 pairs of socks for family and friends.
A special thank you to Dr. Wong, Dr. Beshara, and the staff at Cancer Care in St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Centre for their care. We would also like to thank her many friends for their help and kindness during her illness.
Due to the current restrictions with Covid 19, a private family funeral service will take place. When restrictions are lifted, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date.
In lieu in flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association or CancerCare Manitoba.
She leaves behind John, her husband of 60 years; beloved daughters Gladys (Maynard), Grace (Douglas), and Phyllis (Garth); grandchildren Danielle, Bradley, Amanda, and Kelly; and three great-grandchildren Quintin, Wrenn, and Brandi. Vicky’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were a great source of joy to her and she delighted in spending time with them. She also leaves behind 2 brothers and 2 sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Vicky was predeceased by her son-in-law Maynard, brothers Armand, Arthur, baby Emile, Odias, Gerald, Edmond; and sisters Hermine and Anita.
- Amanda Cook
- Kelly Cook
- Mike Restiaux
- Danielle Lobert
- Bradley Bazinet
- Trevor Lane
- Manitoba Lung Association or CancerCare Manitoba.
Celebration of her Life to be held at later date.
Victoire (Vicky) Stefkovic
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June 16, 2020
Deepest sympathy on Vicky's passing.
We remember her as a jovial, smiling person living in Dufresne and attending church events at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church.
May she rest in peace.
Sincerely, The Bielik Family
June 6, 2020
Known Vicky and John for many years.
Thank you for the socks, Vicky. My sympathies to John and the family.
June 5, 2020
Auntie Vicky was my godmother and always remembered all of my special moments growing up, from my first communion and confirmation to many Christmases and birthdays. The little white baby cradle and talking doll she gave me for Christmas when I was four years old sit in my home as a reminder of her kindness and I remember well how excited I was to receive those on Boxing Day when she and Uncle John visited with us all at Aunt Yvette's and Uncle Marcel's in Winnipeg that year. It is Auntie Vicky who brought us Christmas dinner one year when we visited Grandma Manaigre in Lorette but Grandma had forgotten that we were coming and so she was in Thompson and we were alone in her trailer, back in the days when restaurants were closed on holidays. She took the time out of her own busy Christmas and work day to make sure that we were well received and taken care of. I will always remember her as a generous soul with beautiful eyes that lit up when she laughed that contagious laugh of hers, but more than anything, I will remember her as the woman who raised Grace Bazinet, one of the kindest, most loving, compassionate, generous and thoughtful people I have the honor of knowing, of loving and of being loved by. I will always be grateful to Aunt Vicky for that, most of all. Godspeed Auntie. You've worked so incredibly hard your whole life. Rest well now. ❤