Edna Staebler

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Edna Staebler, CM
Edna Staebler.jpg
Born Cora Margaret Cress
(1906-01-15)January 15, 1906
Berlin, Ontario[1]
Died September 12, 2006(2006-09-12) (aged 100)
Waterloo, Ontario
Occupation writer, philanthropist
Nationality Canadian
Genre Non-fiction, historical non-fiction, creative non-fiction essay, literary criticism, Mennonite cooking
Notable works Food That Really Schmecks cookbook series, Namesake for the Edna Staebler Award

Edna Staebler, CM (January 15, 1906 – September 12, 2006) was a Canadian author and award-winning literary journalist,[2] best known for her series of cookbooks, Food That Really Schmecks,[3] based on Mennonite home cooking as practiced in the Waterloo Region.

She was born in Berlin, Ontario (later Kitchener) in 1906 and grew up there. Staebler received a BA from the University of Toronto and a teacher's certificate from the Ontario College of Education. Staebler married in 1933 but divorced in 1962. She wrote articles for Maclean's, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Reader's Digest, Star Weekly and other newspapers and magazines; she has also written non-fiction with Canadian themes. In 1991, she established an award for creative non-fiction, awarded annually by Wilfrid Laurier University. Staebler was awarded membership to the Order of Canada in 1996.[1][2]

She died of a stroke in Waterloo, Ontario, in 2006 at the age of 100.[4][1]

Edna's birth certificate shows she was originally named Cora Margaret Cress but her name was changed after registration by letter to Edna Louise Cress. She was the daughter of John Gerp Cress (7 Apr 1875 - 23 Oct 1932) (machinist) and Louise Sattler (24 Jan 1881 - 8 March 1972) who were married 15 Jul 1903.

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  1. ^ a b c The Ambassador's Online Magazine, January 2007, Edna Staebler, Volume 10 - Issue 1, Profile, Retrieved 11/26/2012
  2. ^ a b Faculty of Arts, August 28, 2012, About the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, Wilfrid Laurier University, Headlines, Retrieved 11/26/2012
  3. ^ McNeill, Laurie, Diaries that Schmeck, Canadian litterateur, Retrieved 11/26/2012
  4. ^ Obits for Life, Edna Staebler, Retrieved 11/26/2012

Further reading[edit]

  • Christl Verduyn, Must Write: Edna Staebler's Diaries (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005),

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