Lewis Stoppa

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STOPPA, LEWIS EDWARD Lewis Edward Stoppa, 93, of Middletown, devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2014, at Middlesex Hospital, after suffering from a brief illness. Born and raised in Hartford, Lewis is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth F. (Siena) Stoppa and his daughter, Paula Lucille Stoppa-Johnson. He is survived by his devoted son, Scott L. Stoppa, and his loving companion, Beth Milardo, of Higganum, and a loving granddaughter, Tara L. (Stoppa) Ogle, and her husband, James, of Middletown, along with other family members and friends. Lewis graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1939 and first worked for The Hartford Electric Steel Co. until he entered the United States Army to serve our Country in WWII. While in training, Lewis married the girl of his dreams, Elizabeth, whom he had proposed to in 1940 and married in 1943, at an Army Chapel in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Upon his honorable discharge, Lewis was employed with United Technologies Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Middletown for 28 years until he retired in 1983. Lewis enjoyed music and dancing with his wife, Elizabeth, at the Elks Club on Saturday nights. He enjoyed painting art and sharing his creations with family and friends at One MacDonough Place in Middletown. Lewis enjoyed bird watching and singing tunes of happiness as he shared his graciousness with those around him. He enjoyed gardening, while paying special attention to flowers and vegetables. Lewis was a devoted, outgoing and generous person in so many ways. A strong man with a warm heart for his family and friends. His unmistakable laugh and smile, which lit up his eyes, gave warmth and comfort to those fortunate enough to have known him. Lewis loved everyone dearly and touched many lives. As he took his last breath he showed strength, courage and happiness as he entered on to his next journey. He was a father, grandfather and friend, who will be loved and missed forever. Most importantly his family and friends will always recognize him as an extraordinary man who gave all that he could, especially his love and kindness to those around him. Through the years, Lewis also contributed to the Catholic War Veteran’s Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Elks Club of Middletown. In celebration of Lewis’ life, a mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Church in Middletown on Saturday, April 26, at 10am with burial immediately following at St John’s Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome to calling hours at D’Angelo Funeral Home, 22 South Main Street, Middletown, CT on Friday, April 25 from 6pm to 8pm. On Lewis’ behalf, donations may be made to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457, for their continued care for those in need; or to St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 398 Middletown, CT 06457, where continued assistance may be given to the hungry and homeless.
Published in middletownpress on Apr. 24, 2014
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