Stella Purpura, age 92, of Burbank, IL, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2018 in her home. She was born August 29, 1925 in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of John and Bernice (nee Clements) Kelbowski. She was preceded in death by her devoted and beloved husband of 67 years Joseph Purpura Sr. They were married on April 17, 1948. She was the loving mother of six children; Joseph Purpura, Jr. (Jeanne), Robert Purpura (Liat), Karen Koven (Ronald), William Purpura (Patti), David Purpura (Marilou), Mary Ann Oliver (James); 17 grandchildren: Joel, Laurel, David, Chloe, Meilea, Rachel, Ronald, Stephen, Eric, Lind-say, Ann Marie, Ashley, Joseph, Maria, April, Kevin, and Jason; 19 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of: Mary (John) Toczylowski, John (Marie) Kelbowski, Jean (George) Wierschem; Lottie (Rudy) Ziman, Ed-ward (Vivian) Kelby and Wanda (Al) Walker. Dear sister-in-law of: Sister Veronica Purpura, D.C.; Matthew (Janet) Purpura, Edward (Evelyn) Purpura, Thomas (Joan) Purpura; James (Mary Alice) Purpura, Frank (Janet) Purpura, Roseanne (John) Melody, and Sister Marian Purpura, D.C.; Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Stella was a graduate of Fenger High School in Chicago, class of 1943. After graduating she worked during the war effort as a secretary at the Pullman Company. After the war she worked for the National Gas Pipeline Company of America as a secretary and then her lifetime vocation as a homemaker and stay at home Mom to her children. Stella was an avid gardener. People would stop and ask to see her flowers and even brides would stop to ask to take their pictures in her flower gardens. She was very generous with her flowers, she loved to give away her plants to anyone who asked for them. She was also a talented seamstress, making clothing for herself and her family, including her daughter's wedding gown. No project was too big, such as curtains and sofa covers. She also made Christmas ornaments every year for all of her kids and grandkids who cherished them and decorated their trees. She loved every holiday season and enjoyed decorating every room of her home. She greatly enjoyed retirement with Joe for 32 years. They traveled many places together, and they built many projects and crafts. They loved to spend nearly every weekend at their second home at Goose Lake near Coal City, IL. She and Joe were original members of St. Fabian Parish and volunteered for many activities and events there. They were well known for making thousands of Jesus plaques and giving them away to people everywhere they went. They were lifetime best friends and loved to go everywhere together. She was the inspiration and designer behind many of Joes projects as they together finished and enhanced their home and later at Goose Lake. She greatly missed Joe after he passed in 2015. She kissed his picture every day and longed to be back together in heaven with her best friend. Her visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at Lawn Funeral Home, 7909 S. State Rd, in Burbank. Funeral services will begin on Monday at 9:15 AM from Lawn Funeral Home to St. Fabian Catholic Church, Bridgeview for the celebration of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM, proceeding to an interment service at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 87th and Hamlin, Evergreen Park, IL.
2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday April 29, 2018
Lawn Funeral Home - Burbank
7909 State Rd.
Burbank, IL 60459 (Map/Directions)
10:00 A.M on Monday April 30, 2018
St. Fabian Church
8300 S. Thomas Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455 (Map/Directions)
St. Mary Cemetery - Evergreen Park
8700 S. Hamlin Ave.
Evergreen Park, IL 60805 (Map/Directions)