STEPHANIE "STELLA" JAGELLOStephanie "Stella" Jagello, 87, of Duluth died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Chris Jensen following a short illness.
Stephanie "Stella" Jagello, 87, of Duluth died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Chris Jensen following a short illness.
She was born Oct. 7, 1921, in Lowo, Poland, to John and Joan Chrzanowska.
Her remarkable journey began after the invasion of Poland in 1939. In December, she was separated from her parents in the middle of the night and taken by train to Siberia. Although she never spoke of the concentration camp, the palms of her hands were reddened as a permanent reminder of that time. She was part of a group that escaped to Tashkent, Russia in 1941, where they worked with the Polish army until May, 1942. The Polish Army then helped these displaced people move to a Polish Camp in Teheran, Iran. From 1942 to 1946, she was a waitress and bartender in the Officer's Club for the U.S. Army, Andimeshk, Iran, where she met other wonderful Polish women, who became life-long friends. She spent 1947 to 1949 in Beirut, Lebanon working for the Polish government. In 1949, she sailed to Montreal, Canada, and spent one year as a nanny. In 1950, Stephanie began working in a basket factory and learned from a friend who now lived in Floodwood, Minn., that she had found the perfect bachelor for Stephanie. After a pen-pal type courtship, she married Frank Jagello, in Hamilton, Ontario Canada on April 7, 1951. With the help of U.S. Congressman, John Blatnik, she was finally allowed to move to Minnesota in May, 1952.
Stephanie became a U.S. Citizen in August, 1957. She was a devoted wife, mother and Grandma "Dat", as well as an avid gardener, knitter and was a former member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Duluth Heights.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and husband.
Stephanie is survived by her daughter, Joan (Paul) Scinocca and their daughter Emily of Duluth; brother-in-law, John Jagello, Jr., Esko; sisters-in-law, Del Rosberg, Whittier, Calif., and Frances Schreiber, Beaverton, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews, and special family friend, Betty Thibault.
The family would like to thank St. Luke's Hospice and the staff at Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation for their compassionate care and support, which made Stephanie's last month happy and comfortable.
GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 5 TO 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009 in the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Avenue in Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to either St. Luke's Hospice, 915 E. 1st St., Duluth MN 55805 or Chris Jensen Auxiliary, 2501 Rice Lake Rd., Duluth MN 55811. Services entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200.