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Stella Spence Obituary
Stella Frances Spence

1921 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Stella (Stanislawa) Frances Borkowski Spence, 93, of 140 Newell Street, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox. Born in Pittsfield on July 9, 1921, the daughter of Stanislaus and Teofila Konarzewski Borkowski, she was educated in Tucker Elementary and Junior High School, and was a June 1939 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She served as their Class Reunion Treasurer for over 65 years. Following graduation, Mrs. Spence was employed by the Elmvale Worsted Company for 20 years until the mill closed in March 1959. While there, she was a director and president of Local 1397 of Textile Workers Union of America. In 1959, Mrs. Spence started working for General Electric Company, working in the Power Transformer Department until 1988 when she transferred to the Shipping Department of the Naval Ordnance Systems Division, where she worked on the Mark 73 and Polaris weapons systems. She retired from G.E. in 1988 with 29 years service. She was an active member of the Central Labor Council and an AFL-CIO union member. Mrs. Spence was a very active person in the community, outside of work, as well. Throughout the 1960s, she was a Red Cross volunteer to the Leeds Veterans Hospital where she visited and helped support veterans' rehabilitation by organized trips to the Northampton facility as part of a larger group of volunteer service citizens. She had been a communicant of Holy Family Church. She was the first woman president of the Polish Community Club and served in that position for more than 30 years. She participated in the first Ethnic Fair organization group. She was also a member of the first Greylock Golden Seniors Club, was a volunteer at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, and participated in many local political and social activities. Stella was a loyal and devoted Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics fan for more than 70 years. She attended numerous exhibitions and home games in Boston, as well as games in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and California. Mrs. Spence is survived by her son, Edward J. Spence, III., Esq., and his wife, Catherine Termotto Spence, of Richmond; a daughter, Maureen Plantier Bryan and her husband, Neil Bryan, of Hinsdale; seven grandchildren, Christine F. Coonrad and Angela Evans of Troy, N.Y., L. Christopher Plantier of Arlington, Va., Keith E. Bryan of Vienna, Va., David Ethredge of Japan, and E. James Arthur Spence and Jonathan P. Spence, both of Richmond; seven great-grandchildren, Michael A. Coonrad, Daniel B. Coonrad, Danika Jamie Spence, Quintin Charlton, Samatha Plantier, Annelise K. Bryan, Eleanor K. Bryan, and Reyna F. Ethredge; a sister, Constance Rivers, of Pittsfield, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Spence was pre-deceased by her daughter, Priscilla F. Ethredge, late of Lenox; by her twin brother, Steven Borkowski, and by six sisters, Lillian Gordon, Janina Stockley, Mary Klimek, Agnes Christopher, Ella O'Brien, and Sophie Duda. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Stella (Stanislawa) Frances Spence will be held Friday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield with the Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, pastor of St. Joseph Church, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel Care Center Activity Fund in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle from July 22 to July 23, 2014
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