ANNE MARIE SHEFCHEK-ROSS
June 3, 1922 ˜ April 29, 2020
Anne Marie Shefchek-Ross, 97, of Vancouver, WA, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 29, 2020. It gives her family great comfort knowing that she passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was born June 3, 1922 in Saskatoon, Canada to Mike and Victoria Bernasky. When she was 6 months old, her and her family moved to Portland, OR. Her mother passed away when she was 10, leaving her with her father and two brothers. She talked frequently about how horrible the Depression was to live through during that time. She said that she never wanted her family to know that kind of hardship.
Anne met the love of her life Joe Shefchek, and married him February 15, 1941. Together they had one son and three daughters. She and Joe lost 2 of their daughters before Anne lost her beloved husband Joe, on May 30, 1968. She was 46 years old when he died.
She then went to business college and worked as an office manager for Palena & Associates. She worked there for 17 years before retiring.
During this time, she met up with childhood friend, Jack Ross. They soon married and would travel the country in their motorhome. She was very proud of the fact that during this time, she became a United States Citizen.
Anne lost her third daughter to breast cancer and after 20 years of marriage, Jack too passed away. She said that she refused to be crippled by her grief and hardships. She said that you go on. You put it all away in your heart and make sure you let it out from time to time.
Anne was a beautiful seamstress, and would sew the suits she wore to work. She also loved working in her yard and carving wood. The Reflector newspaper did an article about her on July 15, 2009, in the Senior Lifestyles section. They showcased her story about a great-great-grandmother carving lasting art for family. She was a dedicated parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a pioneer woman of strength and set a wonderful example to her family of how the love of God will get you through the hardest of times. She will be greatly missed.
Anne is survived by her son, Charles (Gwen) Shefchek; son-in-Law, Dennis Vanderhoef; grandchildren: Corrine (Fred) Martin, Brenda (Doug) Fredrickson, Charles Jr. (Kelly) Shefchek, Joanne (Bill) McGinnis, Jeff (Trisha) Vanderhoef; 9 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers; her husband, Joe Shefchek; daughters, Joanne and Patricia Shefchek, Nadine Shefchek-Vanderhoef; and husband, Jack Ross.
Donations may be made to Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in memory of Anne Shefchek-Ross, 8701 NE 119th Street, Vancouver, WA 98662.
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Published in The Columbian on May 17, 2020.