Stella Zurenda (Dzurenda), 94, formerly of Forty Fort and West Wyoming, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon at Manorcare Health Services, Kingston.
Born in Poland, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Monika Stefanowicz Balun. She moved to Ashley with her family as an infant where she was raised. She was educated in Ashley schools.
Mrs. Zurenda was an excellent seamstress and interior designer. She worked for many years for an interior decorating shop in Kingston. Her drapery designs and workmanship graced many prestigious homes throughout the Wyoming Valley.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. She was also a 60-year member of the Polish Union and its Madame Curie Society. She enjoyed their meetings and playing pinochle. She was an avid reader and friend of the Hoyt Library, Kingston. She also took great satisfaction and pride in her gardening.
A cancer survivor, Stella became interested in natural healing and vitamin therapy long before the mainstream made it popular. She was so knowledgeable before her time that even doctors called her for her opinion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Zurenda, in 1992; her sister Leona Karney; and her brother Frank Balun.
Surviving are her beloved daughter, Evelyn Hagen, and her husband, Bob, of West Wyoming, with whom she resided before her illness; grandchildren Jeffrey Hagen, Harrisburg; and Jennifer Hagen-Hudock, Kingston; great-grandchildren Samantha, Abigail and Adam Hudock; Shane, Ryan and Sara Hagen; brothers and sisters Al Balun, Swoyersville; Irene Madersky, Joseph Balun and Agnes Duvall, all of New Jersey; numerous nieces and nephews, who will remember her generosity and knowledge.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with her pastor, the Rev. Richard J. Cirba, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stella’s memory to The Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.