Obituary of Stella E. Sarandrea
Stella Elizabeth Sarandrea, age 72, of Chittenden, VT, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Born in Utica, Stella spent the majority of her life in the Oneida area of NY, where she graduated from Oneida High School with the Class of 1970. She furthered her education at the American Banking Institute and embarked on a fulfilling career as an accountant and banker. She successfully ran the mainframe at Oneida Valley National Bank and later worked for AMSA armored car service. She retired from The Roman Catholic Diocese in Albany, NY.
On April 18, 1970, Stella married the love of her life, James T. Sarandrea, at St. Patrick's Church in Oneida. Their union lasted an incredible 53 years, a testament to the enduring strength of their love. Stella's devotion to her family was unwavering, as she embraced her roles as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Stella's life was characterized by strength, kindness, and a genuine positive attitude. Her caring nature extended beyond her family, she treasured her friends, and consistently placed the well-being of others before herself. An animal lover and nature enthusiast, Stella found joy in the simple pleasures of life, always expressing gratitude for what she had. Calm and enduring, her loving demeanor left a lasting impact on all fortunate enough to know her.
A woman of many talents, Stella was a passionate gardener who found solace in nature. She enjoyed camping, biking, and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She loved playing with her kitties and spending time with her many beloved pets throughout her life. One of her cherished activities was baking cookies with her granddaughter, Bree, creating fond memories that will be treasured forever.
Stella is survived by her devoted husband Jim, her son Jimi (Beth), and granddaughter Bree. She is also survived by her two brothers, Frank and Jake, and three sisters, Sharon, Mayme, and Ella, many nieces and nephews and her two kittens, Mischief and Frisky.
Preceded in death by her sister Alvina, her Aunt Marie, and her mother Dorothea Schmidtka, Stella's memory will be honored at the Malecki Funeral Home, 464 Sherrill Rd., Sherill, NY, with calling hours on Friday, December 1st, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. A remembrance ceremony will follow at 1:30 PM. The burial will follow and will be private. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Stella's life at 3 PM, place TBD.
The family requests that donations be made in Stella's name to the Rutland County Humane Society, reflecting her love for animals. This gesture serves as a fitting tribute to a woman whose warmth, strength, and generosity touched the lives of many.
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1951 - 2023
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