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Obituary for Stella Eva Trepkus (Crowley)

HOLDEN- Stella Eva (Crowley) Trepkus, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Oriol Healthcare’s Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Stella was born the seventh of nine children on July 26, 1925 in South Barre, MA to George L. Crowley and Denise (Cauvin) Crowley. She attended Barre public schools and, as a teenager, she began working as a home companion, cook, and house keeper for several of her mother’s aging and ailing friends and neighbors. These experiences no doubt borrowed mightily upon her innate sensibilities of compassion, sensitivity and her extraordinarily kind and selfless nature. She later worked at the Barre Woolen Mill and the Wrights textile mill in West Warren, making ribbons, and as a cook for the Barre schools. In 1951 she married and lived in South Barre for 80 years. Stella’s immediate and large extended family was an integral part of her daily life. Her neighbors, Joseph and Bette Sanc, along with their grandchildren and dogs, “Benny” and “Justin”, lit up Stella’s life with their frequent visits to her home, where the children and the pups knew that a treat always awaited them. During Stella’s stay in the nursing home, Bette’s faithful visits provided Stella with welcomed conversation and companionship, along with copies of the Barre Gazette to keep Stella abreast of the happenings in her hometown.

Stella was a gifted and talented master of knitting, crocheting, sewing, and award-winning needlepoint. Her family cherishes the baby sweater sets, afghans, buntings, angels, bedspreads, and Christmas tree decorations that she lovingly hand made for them. She was a fabulous Italian cook, and large family gatherings showcased both her talents and capacity to serve up delicious handmade pastas, tomato sauces, lemon meringue pies and Italian ribbon and anisette cookies. She loved the challenge of solving her daily crossword puzzles, and her favorite pastime was cheering on her beloved Boston Red Sox.

She was a devoted and loving mother to her only daughter, Laura Trepkus, Sterling, MA. Her dear niece, Cynthia Crowley Wright (Seth) W. Brookfield, MA became Stella’s trusted advocate and confidante whom she constantly relied upon to help her navigate the many decisions she faced as she aged.

Stella is survived by her beloved youngest brother, Norman Crowley and his wife, Doreen, Southwick, MA. In addition to Cynthia Wright, surviving nieces include Denise Crowley Melino (late husband Ralph) Philmont, NY, Barbara Hoy Chamberlain (George), Punta Gorda, FL, Elizabeth Hoy Regan (Robert), Vero Beach, FL, and Enid Crowley Callaghan, Logansport, IN. Surviving nephews are George Crowley (Patricia) Farmington, CT, Richard Crowley (Eileen), Monroe, NJ, Reginald Crowley (Debbie), Copake, NY, Dennis Crowley (Alice) St. Petersburg, FL, and Norman “Chip” Crowley, San Diego, CA.

Stella was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, the late Stanley E. Trepkus, in 2001; by her four sisters, firstborn Ersilia L Crowley (who died at the age of 3), Ersilia S. Crowley Hoy (Murray), Mary A. Crowley Better, Anna N. Crowley; and three brothers, Joseph C. Crowley (Marie Franciose), Leo G. Crowley (Mary Jannette), and William F. Crowley (Jeanette Roy). She was also predeceased by her nieces, Maureen Denise Hoy and Nicoletta Crowley Booream (Robert) and by her nephew Joseph C Crowley, Jr (Leah).

The family of Stella Trepkus extends our sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and entire staff of the Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center for their kindness, compassion, tender care and friendship. These dedicated professionals brought comfort to Stella’s days and a broad smile to her lovely face. They instilled humor as they chatted with her about the Red Sox, and most of all, they helped Stella enjoy peace, serenity and happiness during her 10 years there. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did for her while she was in your trusted care.

At the request of the family, the funeral service and burial are private. There are no calling hours. Pillsbury Funeral Home, 96 South Barre Rd., Barre, MA is directing all arrangements.

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