Born on Feb. 5, 1910, in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late John and Michalena Sarzewski Nejako. Stella attended school in Huntington Mills, PA, having to walk a mile to and from school every day. At seven years old, her father died in a mine rock fall. Her mother then bought a small farm, thus being able to support her family, and later married Stanley Kochinski. Stella had to quit school to go to work to help the family. Later, she and her sister Victoria moved to New York City to work as domestics. She met her future husband, John Landers, an Irish immigrant, through friends. They married on June 13, 1937 and moved to Brooklyn, and John worked in an office for New York Life Insurance Co. in Manhattan. Stella moved to Dushore in 1983 with her husband to retire. On July 11, 2002, she moved into her new home, the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home.
She was a very good Catholic and a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, and was an active member of its Altar and Rosary Society.
While in Dushore, she enjoyed having many friends in for lunch or dinner since she was an excellent cook and baker. She always enjoyed lively conversations as she kept up on all local and world news. She was always willing to help others and was pleasant and friendly to all. Most days, while in her 80s, she still walked a mile or more each day always enjoying the exercise.
Survivors include a special great-niece, Carol Gayeski of Rochester, NY, and by a special niece and nephew, John Grajewski of Shickshinny, PA, and Regina Sill of Arizona, and by two special friends, Janet Schrann of Sayre and Francine Cartaginese, formerly of Dushore.
She was predeceased in death by her parents, her husband, John on Nov. 13, 1986, and by her brothers, Anthony Nejako, Zigmund Nejako, Frank Nejako and John Nejako (Stella’s twin who died in infancy), and sisters, Victoria Queal, Anna Grajewski and Julia Houseknecht.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore.
Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
The family will provide flowers and they ask that memorials be directed to St. Basil’s Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
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