ERIE, Pa. — Estella Rose Stofko, age 81, died on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa.
Estella was born on March 12, 1932, in Conneaut, Ohio, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mildred (Katzeman) Stofko. Estella was a graduate of Conneaut High School. She received her Diploma in Nursing from Saint John Hospital School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Mo.; and her Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Upon her retirement, she was the Director of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program, Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus. Prior to that position, Estella was an Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio; Nurse Consultant with the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service, Washington, D.C.; Instructor, Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, Erie, Pa.; Staff Nurse and Service Scholarship Nursing Student, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Mo.; and Staff Nurse, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Estella was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Conneaut and served as Lector. She was a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court No. 413, serving as Recording Secretary and Financial Secretary. She was a former member, Board of Trustees, of Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County.
Her professional status and memberships included: Registered Nurse, State of Ohio; American Nurses Association; National League for Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Chapter.
Honors bestowed upon her were: Emeritus Director, School of Nursing, Ashtabula Campus and Emeritus Professor, School of Nursing, Regional Campuses, Kent State University; listed in Who’s Who Among Contemporary Nurses, 1984, and in Who’s Who in American Nursing, 1984.
She was the recipient of the 1986 Community Service Award from the Ashtabula Area College Committee, Kent State University. In 1990, the Ashtabula District Nurses Association, Ohio Nurses Association, created the Estella R. Stofko Scholarship to acknowledge her contributions to the nursing profession.
Her interests and activities were reading, traveling (especially Europe) and water-color painting. Estella was a member of the Harbor Artists and Irish Colleens.
Survivors include her brother, Stephen (Jean) Stofko of Fredericksburg, Va.; her nieces and nephews, Stephanie (Stephen) Malbasa of Bratenahl, Shawn (Dolores) Ansbro of Columbus, Ohio, Samuel (Alice) Ansbro of Conneaut, Mildred (Carl) Morgans of Fredericksburg, Va., Margaret (Garry) Secor of Salem, Va., Mary (Paul) Brown of Fredericksburg, Va., and Melissa (Thomas Joseph) Eberlo of Charlotte, N.C. Twenty-three great-nieces and nephews, including her name-sake Estella Ann Brown; and several great-great nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Maribel and Neal Ansbro; and niece, Sara Beth Bullock.
Friends will be received for Calling Hours on Sunday, Oct. 27th, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will conduct a Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28th, at St. Mary Church, 480 State St., Conneaut, with Father Philip Miller, of Corpus Christi Parish, presiding. Burial will follow at Girard Cemetery, Church Street, Girard, Pa.
Obituary and condolences at www.raisianfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.