Anne Marie Shefchek-Ross
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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.
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May 24, 2020
Anne's carvings in our home will keep us mindful of this dear loyal friend once on earth and now in heave. Eternal joy, love and peace be hers with all her loved ones in heaven.
Michael & Maryann OBrien
May 17, 2020
Oh my beautiful grandmother. I have so many memories. Too many to write! I will touch on only a few! She loved all her grand kids and I spent many days at her house as a kids. I would stay the night and we would make Garlic Buttered Noodles (Her own recipe) and watch the Love Boat. She would let me put on her best silky nightgowns and would make MILE HIGH ice scream cones for dessert. I remember she used to pack the ice cream down with her hand so she could get the tallest cone without having it fall over. They were HUGE! She had a swimming pool we spent many days enjoying that my Grandpa Joe had made before he died. (I never met him but wish I had the chance). There were many springs cleaning that pool with all of us grand kids pitching in. One year there were a bunch of bull frogs that found their home in the winter pool. I remember when cleaning it they all started jumping out of the pool and Grandma and I ended up on the picnic table screaming! Such fun memories. When we were kids and grandma wanted in the pool we all had to get out. I remember watching her swim her laps, get out and then tell us we could get back in. She had a beautiful yard with a fish pond and waterfall and all of us kids used to play forever outside. Jeff and Chuck would go squirrel hunting with spears, they thought they were great hunters! Grandma had many Filbert and Walnut trees so you can imagine how many squirrels there were to keep them busy! She had a barn with cows and I remember we named two of the Spook and Pepsi. I remember going out an feeding the cows with a very large baby bottle. Something my kids won't probably ever experience. Grandma had a candy cabinet and she never cared how many times we sneaked into it and we did it often. She would take us grocery shopping and let us put whatever into the cart we wanted. I remember dressing up in her high heel shoes pretending to be just like her, I admired her so. She was the best grandmother anyone could have asked for. I only wish I could have said good bye. I love you Grandma Anne! Hug my mom for me.
Joanne McGinnis
May 17, 2020
I will miss you and your to die for peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches forever ♥
Miranda Waser
May 17, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for your loss, Anne was such a great lady. Marveled at her ceramics too....Her daughter Nadine was married to my twin brother Dennis. We have such fond memories of Anne & Joe. Our thoughts & prayers to you all from Denny, Cheryl, Dennis, Gary & Darla plus families!
Darla Warner
May 17, 2020
Thank you Grandma for setting such a great example of our Catholic faith to me. I know that you were not perfect, but that's what made you so great. We are all imperfect in our own way and God knows this. You taught me that. I miss you at church but know I will see you again one day. I love you my sweet Grandma.
Brenda Fredrickson
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