Cecilia Dorothy Stambeck, 98, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at her home in Krebs, two months shy of her 99th birthday.
Cecilia, the eldest of six children, was born on Oct. 4, 1918, to Anthony "Tony" and Anna Steigel Zavoina in Krebs. She attended school in Krebs through the eighth grade, graduating in 1937 from St. John's Catholic High School as Valedictorian.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Mike DeGiacomo Sign Company and the McAlester Public Service Company.
Following her marriage to Louis "Louie" Bartholomew Stambeck on Sept. 12, 1946, she started her homemaking career as a devoted wife, mother and world's greatest grandma.
Cecilia first started playing the organ for St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Krebs at age 10, receiving an Award of Merit upon her organist retirement, having completed 81 years of continuous, unpaid service. She modestly viewed her contributions, motivated by, "the distinct, rewarding, spiritual relationship, due to the love of God and the desire to give back what little we can."
Cecilia was a woman of many talents including, singing, choir director, cooking, organic gardening, canning, herbalist, caciocavallo maker, church floral arranger, chicken farmer, CCD teacher, previous officer and longtime member of the Saint Joseph's Altar Society and voter registration volunteer.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Kassa, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; her six children, son, Phillip Stambeck and wife, Lisa, of Norman; son, Anthony Stambeck, of Krebs; daughter, Diane Sears and husband, Patrick, of Tulsa; daughter, Bernadette Hazlewood, of McAlester; son, Dennis Stambeck, of Krebs; son, Donald Stambeck and wife, Penny, of Bartlesville; grandchildren, Shawn Hazlewood, Oklahoma City, Katie Hazlewood Thompson and husband, Chris, of Oklahoma City, Shelby Stambeck, of Tulsa, and Peyton Stambeck, of Bartlesville; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Andrew Thompson, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Cecilia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; half-sister, Sister Theodosia Kozok, OSB, of Guthrie; brothers, John Zavoina, of Detroit, Michigan, Joseph Zavoina, of Dallas, Texas, and Lawrence Zavoina, of Killeen, Texas, and sister, Margaret Pajcic, of Cleveland, Ohio.
A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Krebs.
The Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph's Church.
Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Hudson, Louis Zummer, St. Joseph's Men's Club, nephews of the Kassa, Zavoina and Pajcic families, Greg Marino, Don Waller and Dr. A. Khorasanchian.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to our mother's beloved Saint Joseph Church "Fund for the Future" to preserve this historic site, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or your favorite charity.
Published on August 22, 2017