Sept. 14, 1927 - Oct. 4, 2013
Stella (Hrnyak) Pettigrew, 86, of Vallejo, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, Oct. 4, at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Walnut Creek.
She was born Sept. 14, 1927 in DeKalb, Illinois, to Rade and Dancia Hrnyak. She married Rex Laverne Pettigrew and they were married 50 years. Rex preceded her in death in 1994.
Stella, along with her husband were longtime residents of Vallejo, where she lived and raised her three children. She was employed by the Vallejo City Unified School District and Safeway Stores, Inc. She is survived by her three children; daughters, Nancy (Terry) of Lafayette, Linda (Bob) of Vacaville; her son, Rex (Dori) of Vallejo; and her sister, Mary Holtz of Carpentersville, Illinois; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She loved to spend time with her family and friends and loved the holidays. She always had the best decorated home and the best home baked Christmas cookies. She loved reading, cooking for her family, gardening, embroidery and enjoyed puzzle games. She always made time to sit and talk with individuals of her family and took the truest interest in the conversation. With her contagious smile and laughter, she loved life. She will be truly missed by her family and will be forever in our hearts.
No services will be held at her request.
Memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Skyview Memorial Lawn, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo.