Peacefully on October 06, at Fairview Lodge Whitby,Stanislawa (Stella) Sadowski departed this world in her 99th year.Stella was the beloved wife of Steve, devoted mother of Irene, Ted, Diane,Christine and Ellen. She was predeceased by Steve (1989) Ted (2006) andChristine (2017).Stella was quite a remarkable and courageous woman. Born in Boryslav,Poland she was taken by the Nazis from her home into forced labor in Germany.There Stella met her future husband Steve and together they escaped from theirfirst work site. Later they escaped again, always trying to get back toPoland. As the war drew to a close in 1945 they found themselves in EastGermany and welcomed the birth of their first child, Irene. After severaldifficult years in refugee camps and the birth of a second child, Ted, Stevesigned up for work as a miner in Pickle Crow northern Ontario. Stellafollowed a year later, coming to Canada alone with two small children, by ship,not knowing the language or anything about her new country. After severalyears in northern Ontario, she and Steve moved to Port Colborne wherethree more children (Diane, Christine and Ellen) were born. In PortColborne Stella came into her own. She taught herself English, taught herselfto sew, grew the most amazing garden, joined the Rosedale Baptist Church,and made many dear friends. Stella had a beautiful voice and loved to sing.She was an excellent cook whosespecialties were much appreciated by her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She was full of light and love and always eager to make thosearound her happy. She had a great if sometimes piquant sense of humourand loved to laugh. Stella had an engaging and empathetic personality whichdrew people to her. She will beremembered and greatly missed by all. She is survived by daughters, Irene,Diane, Ellen; grandchildren John McKay, Suzanne Sadowski, Carrie Sadowski,David Ruston, Lisa Ruston, Stephen Ruston, James Simpson, Sarah Simpson; greatgrandchildren Sephra Ruston, Ryan and Cassandra McKay, Ruby Oldham, Ella Simonand a great-great grandchild, Mary Rae Ellen Brown. Arrangements entrustedto the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne.Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, a private family service will take place.Toview the funeral service, a link will be made available on Friday, October 9that 1:30 p.m. Please go to YouTube andtype into the search bar - Armstrong Funeral Home & Chapel Port ColborneStella Sadowski Funeral Service - where you will be able to view the service. A celebration of Stella's life will be announced at a future date oncethe dangers of COVID 19 have passed. Donations in Stella’s memory may bemade to Port Colborne Feline Initiative or a charity of one’s choice.
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