STELLA CHILDERHOSE (Stochmal) Childerhose - From endometrial cancer, on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at the Roger’s Street palliative care unit in Peterborough, one day after her celebrating her 72nd birthday. Eldest daughter of Frank Stochmal and Lucy Pekala of Kirkland Lake, beloved wife of Keith Donald Childerhose who died in June of 2003, she leaves her daughters Patricia Jean and Janet Elizabeth, and her sister Jean Sorochan and brother Jiggs Stochmal of Kirkland Lake. Stella was an achiever. Determined to get an education in an age when it was not readily available, she chose nursing because she could not afford teacher’s college. Nurses then were trained to care for the spirit as well as the body, and Stella graduated from Wellesley College in 1955 with an award for highest standing in bedside nursing. She brought that compassion to her work, which included speech therapy with children. Stella had many talents. A gifted artist, she designed the house on Stoney Lake that she built with Keith in 1989. An avid gardener, she coaxed fledgling gardens from bedrock to survive the harsh winters and marauding wildlife. A citizen of the world, she made As It Happens a regular dinnertime guest in our household, and brought her passion for community and service to her many years at the Willowdale Unitarian Fellowship. Friends cherished her warmth and loyalty, her laughter and great sense of fun, but none valued her companionship more than her husband Keith. “Most people think the most valuable thing to come out of Kirkland Lake is gold,” he told his guests at their wedding in 1956. “But I got the most valuable thing to come out of Kirkland Lake.” Stella died the way she lived her life: with great dignity, and determination to prevail. Our thanks to the wonderful staff at the Roger’s Street Site for their loving care of Stella, and to the many friends who called, wrote, visited, and cared for her in the last months of her life. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Comstock Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, P9H 4C7.