With heartfelt sadness we announce the death of our sister, Ciocia (Aunt), and friend, Agnes ‘Aggie’ Stephenson on  Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Cove Guest Home, Sydney. 

Aggie was the daughter of the late Stefan and Maria (Bedryj) Wroblewski. She was born on January 11, 1930 in Whitney Pier where she lived and worked for many years until her move to Coxheath. Aggie was a dedicated and active parishioner of St. Mary’s Polish Church which was the most important part of her life.

Aggie worked in administration at the Gaum Clinic for 40 years which connected her to so many people in Whitney Pier. For several years she was part of the performing arts and theatre community and a member of the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia. She was an avid reader and loved the Cape Breton Regional Library. Aggie was a very independent and spirited soul all of her life. 

Aggie is survived by her loving sister, Mary Pierrynowski; nieces, Maria (Barry) Pierrynowski Morrison and Wanda ‘Wandzi’ Pierrynowski and great-nieces, Krystina (Darryl) Hartigan and Candice Morrison. Her nieces and great-nieces were a very special part of her life and brought her so much joy and she loved being their Ciocia. 

Besides her parents, Aggie was predeceased by her husband, Peter Stephenson (Stefanyshyn); brother-in-law, Teofil Pierrynowski and godson, Kenny Paruch (her handy-man for many years). 

Special thank you to neighbours, Kaye (a dear and loyal friend) and Walter Ingraham and Barbara and Gerard MacKinnon who provided Aggie with so many supports which enabled her to live independently at home for as long as possible. Thank you to Dr. Gregory Myatt and his staff, Janice and Laura for their exceptional care and support to Aggie for so many years. 

It was Aggie’s wish to live at the Cove Guest Home with her sister, Mary Pierrynowski. On August 3, 2018, Aggie moved to the Cove Guest Home and had the gift of living 11 nights in the same house as her sister. Thank you to the staff of the Cove Guest Home for their kindness, compassion, attention, and care provided to Aggie. 

A memorial mass to celebrate Aggie’s life will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Polish Church, Whitney Pier with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. A reception will take place in the church hall (Sala 1050) following the mass. Interment will occur after the reception at Forest Haven Cemetery, Sydney. Mass offerings and/or donations may be made to St. Mary’s Polish Church Building Fund in memory of Agnes ‘Aggie’ Stephenson. 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Pier Community Funeral Home.

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Sincere condolences to Her family,friends and fellow parishioners at St. Mary's Polish Church. I will offer Holy Mass for her soul this Monday in Las Vegas. Father Richard Philiposki S.Chr
From: Father Richard Philiposki

Mary, Maria, Wanda and family I was so sorry to hear that Aggie had passed away. My deepest condolences to you at this most difficult time. I will be out of town and not able to attend her funeral. You are in my thoughts and prayers Mary Anne (Wrobleski) Keeping and the Wrobleski family
From: Mary Keeping

Dear Mary, Wandzi and Maria: So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Aggie. We will always remember her energy, kindness and warm smile. In this time of loss, may you comfort one another with assurances of faith. Sincerely, Fr. Barrett Clare-Johnson and parents, Jim and Marg Johnson
From: Barrett Clare-Johnson