STELLA KAPSA (nee KOZLOWSKI) Died peacefully on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in her 97th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Peter Paul, daughters Diana and Carol, brothers Mel (Felicia), Henry and sister Kay (Ted). Loving mother of Ed (Mary Lou) and her grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. She will also be missed by her sister Helen (Joe), sister-in-law Alice, her brothers Joe (Carol) and Wally (Olga) who along with their son Richard, helped take care of Stella over the last few years, her son-in-law Joe Czaja and her many nephews and nieces in Canada and the U.S.A. Stella's family acknowledges her good neighbours and friends, Dr. Kozak and staff and Ursula Matthews of Our Lady of Sorrows who tended to her physical and spiritual needs at home; Dr. E. Gutman, Jose San Pedro, Fr. Austin Francis, nurses who administered exemplary care and empathy at St. Joseph's Health Centre; Irena through CCAC and the doctors and staff at the E.W. Bickle Centre. As a businesswoman, she owned and operated her own drugstore for many years; as a caregiver, she tended to her husband through 5 years of cancer and her juvenile diabetic daughter; as a volunteer, she involved herself with the Society of Sharing - Inner City Volunteers; as a recipient of awards, she received in 1995, the Ontario Senior Achievement Award (Ontario's highest award for senior adults). Stella's experience with cancer and dying enabled her to respond compassionately to persons struggling alone with cancer or a variety of other physical ailments. She was often the only person with them at the moment of death and looked after their personal affairs. Her only reward was the response and affection they had for her, earning from those she helped care for and comfort, the nickname "An Extraordinary Angel." Friends may call at the Turner & Porter 'Butler' Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Toronto (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on January 27, 2013