May 16, 2019
Stella E. Navarra, age 100, passed away at her home in Watertown, NY on Thursday morning, May 16, 2019.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 4 - 7 PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Friday, May 24, at 9:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 10 AM with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, MSC, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Stella was born in Massena, NY on October 26, 1918, daughter of Charles and Marion Dewitt Robare and she was a high school graduate. On February 3, 1937 she married Dominick Navarra in Black River and the marriage was solemnized at St. Anthony's Church by Msgr. Claude Sechi on May 9, 1937. Mr. Navarra, a long time NY Airbrake and NYS DOT employee, died on May 13, 2003.
She had worked as a sales clerk for several local businesses, including Bachman's, Neisner's, and Woolworth's. Stella was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. She was an original member of the Birthday Club and a member of both the Avon Group and Northside Improvement League. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially making pies, and she vacationed at Cape Cod for many years.
Five generations gathered to celebrate Stella's 100th Birthday October 26, 2018. A proclamation by Mayor Joseph Butler proclaimed October 26 to be "Stella Navarra Day" in the City of Watertown, NY.
Stella is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Frances Marie and Lawrence K. "Larry" Kenney, W. Yarmouth, MA and Betty Jane and Robert H. "Skip" Maracle, Watertown; daughter-in-law, Haruko (Chika) Navarra, Henrietta, NY; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, Dominick, she was predeceased by her son, Joseph C. Navarra, November 27, 1981, and two brothers, Roy and Theodore Robare.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Stella's name may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted atwww.cummingsfuneral.com.