STERLING Teresa M. (Hamel) Stefanski, 91, died peacefully on June 15, 2013, at Knollwood Nursing Center, Worcester, with her loving family by her side. She was born and raised in Adams, the daughter of Joseph and Irene (LaFortune) Hamel and graduated from Adams High School. She had lived in Sterling since 1969.
She was a secretary for the Colonial Press Co. in Clinton before retiring in 1986. Previously, she worked for Paul Revere Co. in Worcester.
During the many years she lived in Sterling, she not only raised two children, worked full-time, but was active with the Alpha Club at Paul Revere Co., the Sterling Grange, and later the Sterling Senior Center. She was an avid animal lover who often volunteered at the Sterling Animal Shelter.
She was a long-time member of St. Richard of Chichester Church in Sterling. Teresa loved to travel and especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Her beloved husband of 46 years, Matthew F. Stefanski passed away in 1989.
She is survived and will be sadly missed by her children, Gerald "Jerry" M. Stefanski and his wife, Deborah Carrelli-Stefanski, of Sterling; Susan I. Morocco and her husband, John, of Clarksburg; a brother, Gerald Hamel of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; grandaughter, Tamara Morocco, and husband, James Bee, and their children, Ian and Declan; grandson, William Morocco and wife, Lynne, (Fasanello) and their children, Madeline, Camille, and Peter, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Hamel.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours today, Tuesday, June 18, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 in the Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Road, Sterling.
Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Bellevue Cemetery in Adams.
To share a memory or offer an online condolence, please visit: www.milesfuneralhome.com
This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.