Stella T. Kania Dalbo, 98, Greenwood Section of Moosic, passed peacefully Friday morning at Allied Hospice Center. Strong-willed in mind and body, Stella defied expectations and continued to live comfortably at her home of 68 years with devoted care provided by her family until her final days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Dalbo, who died Feb. 10, 2011. They were married 61 years.
Born July 2, 1923, to the late Paul and Alexandra Jachinski Kania, Stella embodied the truest sense of resilience and courage throughout her extraordinary and long life. Her strength enabled her to survive a Covid-19 infection in January of 2022.
After graduating from Moosic High School in 1942, Stella went on to work for the Jaunty Silk Co. and the former Capitol Records. She later retired from Gould Battery.
Deeply selfless and loyal to her family, Stella uniquely illuminated the lives of so many through her joyous spirit, compassionate caretaking, and creative artistry. Her delicate hands and patient demeanor were best expressed through her intricate crocheting of blankets and dolls, tending to her vibrant garden of flowers, and the making of her famous Polish piggies. She enjoyed ice and seasonal fishing, especially with her brother Frank. Adventurous at heart, Stella never passed up an opportunity to travel with her family.
In her later years, she embraced her inexplainable luck at the casinos. She deeply treasured weekend trips to Mount Airy and Atlantic City with Paul and Linda. Her most notable claim of fortune included winning three designer purses at bingo on one day at the age of 95.
Guided by and grounded in her faith, Stella remained a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Greenwood, now Divine Mercy Parish. As a member of the Christian Mothers Society, she volunteered at church picnics and dinners, most notably at the "raffle stand," where people would travel distances to get a chance to win one of her crocheted dolls.
She is survived by two sons, Edward R. and wife, Renee, Plains; and Paul and wife, Linda, Taylor; a daughter, Mary Ann and husband, Dr. Phillip Boccagno, Clarks Summit; seven grandchildren whom she loved deeply, Derek Dalbo, Michael, Lauren and Julia Boccagno, Nicole and Brian Dalbo, and Olivia Dalbo; special family member Diane Dalbo; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by seven sisters, Francis Symuleski, Sophie Glogowski, Bridget Lipisko, Celia Sklanka, Caroline Verchuk, Mary and Josephine Kania; and four brothers, Peter, Joseph, Walter, and Frank.
The family extends its gratitude to Dr. Patrick Connors, his staff, and Traditional Home Health for their attentive care, as well as to those who offered special assistance, including Ed Ogonosky.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend Stella's funeral on Tuesday, May 10th, at 9:30 am from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., celebrated by Rev. Francis L. Pauselli. Burial with Rite of Committal will follow in St. Mary of Czestochowa, Moosic. Family and friends may call Monday, May 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions in Stella's memory may be made to: Boys Town, Development Office Boys Town, PO Box 8000 Boys Town, NE 68010- 2006
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