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Stella Pietras April 3, 1914 -- Sept. 16, 2005

Stella Pietras, a former Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda resident, died Friday after a brief illness under Hospice care in Palm Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Palm Harbor, Fla. She was 91.

She was born Stella Polniak in Niagara Falls, and her family moved to Poland when she was a child.

Mrs. Pietras returned to Niagara Falls in 1936 and eventually was able to bring her three sisters and her parents to Niagara Falls with her.

A homemaker, she lived in Niagara Falls until the early 1980s, when she moved to North Tonawanda. In 2002, she moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla., to live with one of her sons.

When she lived in Niagara Falls, Mrs. Pietras was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Her husband of 48 years,
Louis, died in 1996.

Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Langley of Naples, Fla., Louise Rinehart of Cedartown, Ga., and Jean Rowan of New Port Richey, Fla.; two sons, Edwin Legg of Niagara Falls and Stan of Tarpon Springs; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church, 1112 South Ave., after prayers at 9:30 in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.


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