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Memorable Manitobans: Stella Howelko Dunn (1916-2000)


Born at Winnipeg on 12 July 1916, daughter of Johanna “Joanne” Hewko [Howelko] (c1895-1963) and Theodor “Fred” Hewko [Howelko] (c1890-1967), she grew up at Matlock and graduated from Whytewold Beach School and the Central Normal School in Winnipeg. She also attained a BA degree from the University of Manitoba. Her teaching career began in 1935, working at Camperville School (1935-?), Duck River School (1937-1938), Darveau School (?-?), Minitonas School (?-?), and a Principalship of Steep Rock School (1944-1946), Nesbitt School (1946-1947), and Myrtle School (1947-1950). Next, she was Vice-Principal of Baldur School (?-?) and taught at Dauphin Collegiate (?-?) where she met fellow teacher Herbert Irvine “Herb” Dunn. On 20 August 1955, they married at the All Saints’ Anglican Church at Whytewold, took up residence at Dauphin, and had a son, Theodore William “Ted” Dunn. She continued to teach, substitute teaching at Brickburn School in Gilbert Plains. In 1967, they moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta, where they both taught in the Medicine Hat School District No. 76. She retired in 1981 and died at Medicine Hat on 30 July 2000, with burial in the St. William’s Cemetery.


“Dunn - Howelko,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 September 1955, page 24.

Obituary [Johanna Hewko], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1963, page 28.

Obituary [Theodor Hewko], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1967, page 47.

“Winnipeg Beach [Mrs. Anne Warner],” Selkirk Enterprise, 14 October 1970, page 10.

“Retiring teachers leave legacy to children [Stella Dunn],” Medicine Hat News, 12 June 1981, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 August 2000, page C7.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 October 2019

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