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Stella E. Navarra

May 16, 2019

Stella E. NavarraStella 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.

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#14 John Howard 2019-05-30 09:12
Stella was my cub scout Mom. R.I.P
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#13 The Westons 2019-05-23 16:34
Miss Stella, Always enjoyed our Special times over the past almost 30 years as neighbors. May God Bless Your Beautiful Soul. You had 100 years to live and you did it Very Well! Rest In Peace. To those who knew Miss Stella, So Sorry for Your Loss, Prayers for Strength to get through this Very Difficult time.
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#12 Michele M 2019-05-22 15:01
Stella was one in a million and I so blessed to have met her during our time at Ft. Drum. I will never forget her kind heart, strength, and her love of red cardinals. My daughter loved her too and looked forward to each visit with her. She was so sweet to children! I’m thinking of her sweet family and everyone that was blessed to call her friend.
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#11 Natasha Simmons 2019-05-21 13:18
I have been so blessed to have met Stella. I was one of her "girls". Her attention to body lauguage and details called it when i found out i was expecting. She was right along beside me through my whole pregnancy until i had to leave and continue my pregnancy on bed rest. She always called herself "godmother" to my son. She took so much pride in it. When my son was 2 weeks old i brought him to see her. She was overjoyed. Bless her beautiful soul. Im also so thankful she got to enjoy one last summer with a brand new garage door thanks to overhead door company and their ugly garage door contest. I will miss her terribly and truely miss sitting down and making out cards with her. All my love goes out to her many family members and all the people who truely loved her. Now when i see a cardinal i will always believe its her looking upon Baby Jeremiah and I. To the moon and back Miss Stella u will always have a special spot in my heart!
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#10 Tamra and Doug 2019-05-20 13:36
Tina and family,
We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Ms. Stella. May you all take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.

With deepest sympathy,
Tamra and Douglas Thompson
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#9 BONNIE LAWRENCE 2019-05-20 12:08
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM, I WORKED WITH STELLA AT WOOLWORTH'S FOR MANY YEARS , SHE HAD SUCH AN UPLIFTING PERSONALITY, ALWAYS HAD A NEW JOKE FOR US, THOSE WERE GOOD TIMES, SHE WILL TRULY BE MISSED, MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY
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#8 Sue Pepe 2019-05-20 06:51
I am so sorry to hear of Stella's passing. My prayers are with you all. May your memories of her love and joy for life bring you peace. My heart goes out to you.
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#7 Dawn Russell 2019-05-19 10:33
Stella was a one of a kind who I am blessed to have known. I started out as her caregiver and ended up her best friend, she introduced me to people as such, and I can truly say she was also mine. When I spent time with her I was at peace. She always knew without me saying a word if I was hurting or if something was wrong. I will treasure all the time I had with her, whether it was having a meal or watching Judge Judy! Rest In Peace Stella, knowing you touched so many lives. You will be forever missed.
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#6 Annette M Lamar 2019-05-18 18:46
I am deeply saddened to hear of Stella's passing. I worked with her for many years at Woolworth's. She was so kind and friendly to everyone she met. I will truly miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
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#5 Ann Marie Scisci 2019-05-18 13:50
B.J. & Family,
I just read about your Mom & lots of memories from when we were kids came back to me.
It's never easy to lose a loved one. Know that your memories will sustain you.
I'm sure Stella has already found my parents & they're having a lovely chat. Probably about us!
Ann Marie (Pepe) Scisci
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