Memorable Manitobans: Peter Anthony “Tony” Stefaniec [Stephens] (1913-2011)
Born at Garson on 14 February 1913, son of Casmir [Casmere] Stefaniec [Stefanick] (1877-1932) and Maria Saluk (c1891-1981), he attended school locally and completed teacher training. He taught at Highland School (1934-1936) and was Principal of Ladywood School (1936-1940) and Whitemouth School (1940-1943). Around 1943, he Anglicized his surname to Stephens and, in the following years, married Mabel M. MacKew (1918-1989).
In 1948, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA degree and joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Board, teaching at Machray School (1948-1952). They resided at 30 Lipton Street during this period and had three children: Ronald M. Stephens, Elizabeth Stephens (wife of Wallace Immen), and Cynthia Stephens. He and his family departed Manitoba and settled at Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan.
He died on 2 March 2011 and was buried at Saint Peter Cemetery in Mount Clemens.
Birth [Peter Stephens] and death [Casmere Stefanick] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Michael MacKew], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1940, page 4.
“332 student veterans in graduate class boost total,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1948, page 6.
“Tyndall [Mrs. Stefaniec of Garson],” Springfield Leader, 17 October 1950, page 4.
“Tyndall [Mrs. M. Stefaniec ...],” Springfield Leader, 3 April 1951, page 3.
Obituary [Maria Stefaniec], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1981, page 43.
Obituary [Mabel Stephens], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1989, page 45.
MacKew family tree, Ancestry.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 4 August 2023