WATERTOWN, NY — Stella E. Navarra, 100, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at her home in Watertown, NY.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.
A prayer service will be held 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the funeral home followed by the 10 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, MSC, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Born Oct. 26, 1918, in Massena, NY, the daughter of Charles and Marion Dewitt Robare, she was a high school graduate.
On Feb. 3, 1937, she married Dominick Navarra in Black River and the marriage was solemnized at St. Anthony’s Church by Msgr. Claude Sechi on May 9, 1937.
Mr. Navarra, a long time New York Air Brake and NYS DOT employee, died on May 13, 2003.
She had worked as a sales clerk for several local businesses, including Bachman’s, Neisner’s, and Woolworth’s.
Stella was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. She was an original member of the Birthday Club and a member of both the Avon Group and North Side Improvement League.
She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially making pies, and she vacationed at Cape Cod for many years.
Five generations gathered to celebrate Stella’s 100th Birthday October 26, 2018. A proclamation by Mayor Joseph Butler proclaimed October 26 to be “Stella Navarra Day” in the City of Watertown, NY.
Stella is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Frances Marie and Lawrence K. “Larry” Kenney, W. Yarmouth, MA, and Betty Jane and Robert H. “Skip” Maracle, Watertown; a daughter-in-law, Haruko (Chika) Navarra, Henrietta, NY; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great- great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Along with her husband, Dominick, she was predeceased by her son, Joseph C. Navarra, on Nov. 27, 1981, and two brothers, Roy and Theodore Robare.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Stella’s name may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com