Manchester-Stella J. Kustra, 90, died March 8, 2011 at home surrounded by her family following a brief illness.
She was born in Manchester on October 22, 1920 the daughter of Anthony and Julia (Krzanowska) Zawisza and had been a lifelong resident of this city.
She was a graduate of St. Casimir Grammar School and Manchester Central High School Class of 1938A where she had a four year perfect attendance and remained an active member of the Class Reunion Committee.
She was a parishioner of St. Hedwig Church and an active member and past Vice President of the Ladies Guild Organization of the church.
She had been employed in the Accounting Division of Public Service Co. of NH for 20 years retiring in 1982 and was a member of the New England Association of Retired Employees of Northeast Utilities, PSNH Chapter.
In addition she was an active member of Manchester Woman’s Club serving on the Board.
Dedicated to her family she will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose family was the center of her life. She was a talented seamstress and made many heirloom pieces for her family including sewing beautiful prom gowns for her granddaughters. She also did many types of arts and crafts for charitable organizations.
She will be remembered especially for her kindness, her warm smile and her devotion to the family, attending all their activities throughout the years. She enjoyed going to Hampton Beach, as well as apple, blueberry, and cherry picking.
Members of her family include her husband of 70 years John A. Kustra of Manchester, one son Kenneth J. Kustra of Candia, one daughter Lois B. Jeannont of Hooksett, 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, one sister, Mary Ann Pawlowski of Manchester, and several nieces and nephews.
In Her Life: She was predeceased by two brothers, John A. Zawisza in 1990, Joseph Zawisza in 2005, a son Thomas A. Kustra MD. in 1996, and a grandson, Kenneth P. Kustra in 2000.
Services: Calling hours will be on Thursday from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 PM at Durning Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St., corner of Beech St.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM in St. Hedwig Church, corner of Beech and Orange Sts. with Rev. Msgr. Alfred A. Daniszewski as celebrant.
Burial will take place in St. Hedwig Cemetery, Bedford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Felician Sisters, C/O 151 Walnut St., Manchester, NH.
For more information and on line guest book visit www.durningbykowskiandyoung.com.