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BRZYSKI, STELLA 90 - on Saturday, February 16, 2013 the world lost one of its truly joyful spirits. Stella Bryzski passed over to the Lord, peacefully, while asleep in her bed. She was born in Philadelphia, PA to Michael and Victoria Baraniewicz. Her parents occasionally maintained a confectionary shop, allowing Stasia to meet most of her Polish immigrant neighbors when they visited the store. Perhaps a dashing young boy named Casimir first glimpsed her while she darted about that store. As was true of most Nicetown families, the Baraniewicz's religious and social life centered on their parish of St. Ladislaus. Stasia maintained the faith imparted to her there throughout her life. On November 20, 1943 she married Casimir, that handsome Brzyski boy from the neighborhood. They shared their lives for the next 52 plus years until her true love passed from this life on August 21, 1996. After a difficult period of transition, Stasia spent her remaining years in that happiness that comes from a life well spent. She cherished every piece of news and every visit from her sons, grand-children and great grand-children. She lived independently until 2008 when she moved to the Shores at Wesley Manor in Ocean City. The saintly, loving staff of the Memory Support Unit became "Princess" Stasia's second family. Professionally, Stella loved inn keeping. She proudly owned, at different times, the LaCas Court, the Gaslight Motel and the Singapore Motel, all in the Wildwoods. She always maintained the highest standards of quality and customer service. Stasia never did anything half-heartedly. In addition to her parents and husband, Stella's brother, Rev. Joseph Baraniewicz, OSFS, preceded her in death. She was the last of her generation on either her husband's or her own side. We mourn and miss them all. She leaves behind her two loving sons, Henry (Ann Marie) and Robert (Edna); six grandchildren, Michelle Caverly (Tom), Vincent (Doc), Rebecca Pahlka (Benton), Jonathan (Nonie), Katy (Gregg) and Michael; three extended grandchildren, James Dierwechter (Jennifer), Robin Blum-Tomasello (Don), and Janet Lardner (Ring); and many great grandchildren. The family especially wishes to express its gratitude to the amazing caregivers in the Memory Support unit of the Shores at Wesley Manor. Funeral Mass will be said on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish St. Casimir Church, 304 Clay Street, Woodbine, where viewing will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cold Spring. Contributions in Stella's memory may be made to the Shores at Wesley Manor by making checks payable to UMHNJ Foundation, 3311 State Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753. Condolences at www.radzieta.com
Published in The Press of Atlantic City from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013