Stella Ann Davidson

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stella Ann Davidson, age 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at The Broadmoor Court Assisted Living Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Stella was a longtime resident of Meriden, and a member of St. Joseph's Parish.

Born on April 11, 1921, in Beacon Falls, Conn., she was one of four daughters born to Martin and Mary Yvasauskas, both deceased. She graduated from Center Grammar School in Beacon Falls in 1934, and from Naugatuck High School in 1938. Stella also graduated from the Meriden Hospital School of Nursing in 1942 and went on to work in the operating room at Meriden Hospital as a registered nurse.

She met her husband, Jack Velz Davidson, of Meriden, while treating him for injuries incurred during World War II. They were married on Aug. 22, 1945. They became inseparable and shared a beautiful life together for 61 years. Jack was an agent for John Hancock Insurance Company in Meriden, and Stella continued working part-time at Meriden Hospital. In 1950, they became the proud parents of one son, Jack Davidson Jr., who is an Air Force Academy graduate and is now employed by United Airlines as a 747 captain. He and his fiancée, Brenda Hancock, live in Monument, Colo.

Stella lost her husband in 2007. She also lost her sister and brother-in law, Helen and Ernie Grohs, of Wolcott; and her sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and James Coffey, of Naugatuck. Her fourth sister, Ann Yvasauskas, age 99, is a resident of East Haven.

Stella has three married grandchildren, Jamie, and husband, Thomas Canino, of Boulder, Colo.; Erik, and wife, Kelly Davidson, of Thornton, Colo.; and Meghan, and husband, Lee Holder, of Sacramento, Calif. She also has two great-grandchildren, Alex and Christian Canino, also of Boulder. She has a surviving niece, Judy, and husband, Andrew D'Amato, of Guilford; and a surviving nephew, Ernie, and wife, Beverly Grohs, of Big Lake Township, Maine.

Stella was a very family oriented and caring person who will be missed by all who knew her.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home.
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Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 12, 2014