Stella Haponski Andrews died Monday, January 5, 2012, at Woodland Terrace Nursing Home in Hernando, Fla. She was 93.
Mrs. Andrews was born July 5, 1918, in Herkimer, N.Y., the daughter of Antoni and Sophia Haponski. In her teen years, she moved to Gloversville, N.Y. and met her future husband, Navy Fireman First Class Roy L. Andrews at a dance. The two were married on February 6, 1937, and resided on the Willy Road just outside of the Gloversville town line. Mrs. Andrews worked at the Gloversville Knitting Mill and Grandoe Gloves while studying Floral Design. She was then happily employed as a Floral Designer at Roy's Greenhouse in Gloversville until her retirement.
The couple then summered on the St. Lawrence River and wintered in Hernando, Fla. until Mr. Andrews death in 1982. Mrs. Andrews continued to live at their home in Hernando, Fla. until entering the Alzheimer Ward at Woodland Terrace Nursing Home there.
Mrs. Andrews was a former member of First Methodist Church at Bleecker Square in Gloversville, and a weekly volunteer at the Key Store Thrift Store in Hernando, Fla. She was an avid gardener, and enjoyed fishing, camping and cooking as well as playing cards, traveling, and visiting relatives and friends.
Mrs. Andrews is survived by her beloved companion of 20 plus years, Dr. Harold Martin of Mayfield, Johnstown, N.Y. and Hernando, Fla.; and her only child, Shirley Andrews Smith (Collie) of Speculator, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Susan Winchell-Sweeney of Copake, N.Y., Roy Winchell (Cheryl) of Fellsmere, Fla. and Barbara Winchell Bledsoe of San Jose, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Mercedes C. Bledsoe of San Jose, Maciek T. Winchell of Fellsmere, Liam B. Sweeney of Copake, Spencer C. Bledsoe of San Jose and Oskar E. Winchell of Fellsmere; and countless numbers of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by all of her brothers and sister, Joseph, Lloyd, Bronislaw, Stanley and Mary.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the St. Hubert's of the Lakes Episcopal Church on Route 8 in Lake Pleasant, N.Y. across from the Hamilton County Complex. The Reverend Robert Limpert will be officiating. Interment of her ashes will be immediately following the service a mile from the church at Airdwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodland Terrace Nursing Home Alzheimer Ward, 124 Norvell Bryant Hwy., Hernando, FL 34442.