Stella M. Cieslak, 84, of Knoxboro Rd., Oriskany Falls, NY, died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 3, 2013.
She was born in the Town of Augusta on October 25, 1928, a daughter of Stanley and Mary Mazur Wolanski, and graduated from Madison schools, followed by Utica Business School. On July 26, 1947, Stella began her loving marriage to Leo J. Cieslak at the Holy Trinity Church in Utica. After raising three boys, she began her 25 year career, retiring as Production Planning Manager at Chesebrough Ponds in 1988.
Stella made the most of her retirement, where she was busier than in her working years. She and Leo owned Weathervane Herb Farm for 8 years, where she was able to showcase her love of gardening. She has always been active in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, having served as trustee and parish historian. Having such a passion for local history, she helped for the Limestone Ridge Historical Society, serving as President for several years. She is co-author of “The Colonel’s Hat” and “The Roots in the Hollow” written in 1977 and 1988 respectively. Most recently, she printed for local sales “A History of the Mill” in early 2012. Her other loves were her family, quilting, traveling and Polish culture.
Stella was a generous woman, hardworking, and lived a full life. She left no stone unturned, trying anything at least once, and with enthusiasm. She loved to share her passions with friends and family, and was always willing to teach.
Surviving are her three sons, Joseph Cieslak of Oriskany Falls; James and his wife Donna Cieslak of Waterville; John and his wife, Jan of New Bremen; four grandchildren, Heather, Kevin, Alicia and Monica; two great-grandchildren, Brycen and Natalie; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Leo, who has been waiting patiently in heaven for their reunion. She was also predeceased by two brothers and a sister.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am Monday January 7, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Church, 229 Main St., Oriskany Falls.
Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in the spring.
Friends are invited to call at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville on Sunday from 2 to 5pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., to whom the family extends special thanks for their support in Stella’s care. Also, thank you for Faxton-St. Luke’s Cancer Center and to Dr. Butala.