Stella Theresa Hepler, 102, of Butler passed away early Sunday morning due to natural causes in the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law.
Stella was born on March 30th, 1918 in Butler, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Franklin and Maria (Achezynska) Marchinoski. During the Depression years of the 1930's, she moved from Butler to the largely Polish Hamtramck area of Detroit to find work with a parts manufacturer for the automotive industry, returning to Butler near the end of the decade and giving birth to her daughter Patricia.
Stella was a dedicated and life-long member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. Stella grew up on Butler’s southside, where she later worked as a school-crossing guard during the 1950s and 1960s. She also worked at Sunnyview Nursing Home as a housekeeping supervisor. Stella was a competitive and active woman, as she participated in women’s softball and bowling leagues. She thoroughly enjoyed playing bingo biweekly. Stella was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, and family could always find her watching a game and talking to the TV when it was on. She was an intelligent, devoted, and independent woman, who will be missed by many.
Stella is survived by her daughter, Patricia (James) Galbreath of Butler; stepsister, Josephine Nemith of Butler; grandsons, Eric (Heather) Galbreath of Butler and Greg (Jackie) Galbreath of Oakland, California; great granddaughters, Hannah Galbreath of Butler, Olivia Galbreath of Butler, and Aviana Galbreath of Oakland.
Visitation and Funeral Services are private. Arrangements completed by the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. Butler, PA 16001.
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