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NASHUA- Teresa S. (Wozniak) Stopyra, 66, a longtime resident of
Lowell, died peacefully Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Southern New
Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua; surrounded by her loving family
who was constantly telling stories of laughter and love. She was the
beloved wife of the late Emil R. Stopyra who predeceased her on
September 2, 2006. They shared 35 years of marriage.
Teresa was born on April 7, 1951 in Orneta, Poland. She was the
daughter of the late Bronislaw and Jadwiga (Rebowska) Wozniak.
She received her education and graduated high school in Poland and
immigrated here, to the United States when she was 18, in 1969.
It was then she met the love of her life, Emil, and married on
December 8, 1970. They raised two children and lived in Lowell.
In her early years, Teresa was employed by Lowell Shoe and Paris
Shoe, in the assembly department. Later she was employed by the Lowell
Sun as a paper delivery person, delivering papers to her neighborhood
of First and Second Street on Christian Hill in Lowell. She was also
employed by Miller’s Surplus in Downtown Lowell, which she
affectionally referred to as “my store”, until her retirement.
Following her retirement, Teresa fell into the role of Babica to her
three grandchildren, who she adored.
In her free time, she loved to cook. Teresa always had a meal ready
for whoever was to stop by at any point during the day. Her family
will miss her delicious golombki, her homemade soups, and other
traditional Polish foods that she made regularly. She also loved to
stay busy, always cleaning and making sure her home was well taken
care of for her family. Above all, Teresa cherished time spent with
her family, especially during holidays and celebrations. She will
forever be remembered by her sassy personality and always had the last
word, no matter what.
Teresa is survived and will be deeply missed by her two children,
Julie A. Malatesta and her husband Charles “Kaziu” of Nashua, NH and
Richard E. Stopyra and his fiancé Devon Landry of Amherst, NH; her
three grandchildren, Kallandra Kapala and her boyfriend Thomas Kelly,
Raymond Kapala and his fiancé Julia Hadley and Julian Stopyra; and her
future grandchild, Tucker Faneuf. She is also survived by her
mother-in-law, Janina Stopyra of Lowell; her brother-in-law, Andrew
Stopyra and his wife Karen of Lowell; and her sister-in-law, Doreen
Stopyra of Dracut; her sister Barbara Sasin and her husband Macek of
Poland; as well as many nieces, nephews, dear friends and extended family.
Teresa’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff
at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for their compassion and care
throughout Teresa’s stay with them. Especially Chelsea and Sarah on
the fourth floor and Cindy, Erin, and Dr. Levine in the ICU.
Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on THURSDAY, March
1st from 3 PM until 7 PM at BLAKE-CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street,
CHELMSFORD, MA. Her Funeral Mass will be held on FRIDAY, March 2nd at
11 AM in Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, 340 High Street, Lowell,
MA. Interment to follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Boston Road, Lowell.
Donations may be made in Teresa’s name to Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or to the Shapiro
Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis
Street, Boston, MA 02215.