Stella P. Arrowsmith, 89, passed away Aug. 31, 2012 at Aspen Ridge Lodge. She was born Stefania Polec on April 24, 1923 to immigrants Josephine (Markowicz) Polec and Michal Polec in Enfield, Conn. Stella attended Enfield Public Schools and also attended technical school in Hartford, Conn.
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Early on Stella worked as a pattern setter at the Bigelow Sanford Carpet Company where she met her future husband Edward J. Arrowsmith. They were married June 6, 1953 and enjoyed 54 years of marriage before Edward's death in February 2008.
Stella held a variety of jobs and had multiple interests including being a master knitter, quilter and crafter. She was a member of the Polish Women's Alliance and was a member of St. Bernard Parish in Enfield. Stella moved to Los Alamos in September of 2008 and was a resident at Aspen Ridge Lodge where she was known for her quick wit and ready smile. She made many new friends there with whom she loved to share memories.
She was preceded in death by her brother John and sister Matilda (Tillie) Razzo. Stella is survived by her three children: Joan of Farmington, John and wife Mary of Los Alamos, and Jim and wife Grace of Albuquerque. She was Grandma Stella to Nathan and Samuel Arrowsmith of Tempe, Ariz. She is also survived by her sisters Malvina Murawaski and Lydia Urbon, both of Enfield, Conn. Stella leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Day Out Program, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses and especially the staff at Aspen Ridge Lodge for their loving care. A memorial service will be held at a future date in Connecticut where she will be interred with her beloved husband Eddie. The family of Stella P. Arrowsmith have entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espa?ola Valley. 505-747-7477 or devargasfuneral.com.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2012