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Niagara falls, Stella Mary (Sroda)

KAJFASZ - Stella Mary (nee Sroda)
89 of Niagara Falls, NY passed away Saturday November 22, 2014. Born September 14, 1925 in Podolsze, county Zator province of Krakow, Poland she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Sroda. Stella's life was a journey from Poland to America. In 1937, arriving on the Batory in Kirkland Lake, Canada at the age of twelve with her sister Mary. She was reunited with her parents and her new brother and sister, seeking work in Canada. The family moved to St. Catherine's in 1940, where Stella worked at McKinnon Industries / GM during World War II. She loved to dance, sing, sew, cook and worked tirelessly. While attending a dance in Canada she felt sorry for the soldier no one would dance with. That soldiers name was Stanley Kajfasz, whom she later married on August 2, 1947. Now a US citizen Stella and Stanley welcomed their first born MaryAnn on June 11, 1951. Stella owned and operated the Pelican Motel for 28 years with her husband and then Polish Nook Restaurant until the present time. Known for her homemade apple strudel, pierogi, kapusta, mushroom soup and more. She traveled to Poland several times to visit family over the years and also Hawaii and many other places. You could say she had a colorful life. She is survived by her children John C. (Carol) Kajfasz, Stanley E. (late Robin) Kajfasz Jr., Kathleen J. "Kathy" Kajfasz and Elizabeth J. "Liz" (Robert) Szafran, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Stanley Kajfasz, her daughter MaryAnn Kajfasz, brother Casimier (Batty) Sroda, sisters Mary (William) Kotwila and Bronise (John) Zdeb. Friends may call Wednesday November 26th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC. 319 24th. St. corner Welch Ave. Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will begin at 12:00 noon followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 12:30 PM at Divine Mercy Parish 24th. and Niagara Sts. with Rev. Jacek Mazur officiating. Burial following in Holy Trinity Cemetery Lewiston, NY. Donations in her memory may be made to Niagara Hospice 4675 Sunset Dr. Lockport, NY 14094 or Summit Life Outreach Center, 1622 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

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