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Stella T. (Najako) Spice

Poughkeepsie - Stella T. (Najako) Spice, 93 of Poughkeepsie, NY died January 1, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Born on May 22, 1919, she is the daughter of the late James and Antonia Banach Najako.

On August 10, 1941 in Poughkeepsie, Stella married John "Jack" Spice. Mr. Spice passed away in 1989. Since Jack was a member of the Army National Guard Stella traveled to his various duty stations across America. They eventually returned to Poughkeepsie, where they raised their children.

She is a member of New Beginnings Church and was a passionate New York Mets fan. She was a Homemaker that loved to read, flower gardening, baking fruit cakes, cookies, lemon meringue pie and making soup for the family and neighbors who lived alone every Christmas. Stella volunteered with DAV Ladies American Legion Auxiliary and was very active in volunteering with PTA throughout all her children's school years.

She is survived by her children, Luanne Luckett and her husband Gary, Jane Shapiro and her husband David, John Spice and his wife Irene, two grandchildren, Jennifer Warren, Rebecca Shapiro, great grandson Andrew Burgess-Warren, her brother Raymond Wilk and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she is predeceased by five brothers, Walter, William, George, Steve and John Najako.

Calling hours will be held from 1 PM to 3 PM Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Parmele, Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY. Funeral services will be held, 10 AM Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Community Mausoleum. Memorial contribution can be made in Stella's memory to The ; 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.To sign the online guest book or for directions please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2013
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