Stella (Jakubowski) Rakowski

November 25, 1921 ~ July 29, 2019 (age 97)

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Stella Rakowski, (nee: Jakubowski) 97, of Bayonne, entered into eternal rest on July 29, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Va.  Born in Sommerville, NJ, she resided most of her life in Bayonne.  She worked in retail at Lew's Children's Store and then as a food service purchaser for Western Electric for 22 years before her retirement.

Stella was a shining example of someone who lived life to the fullest and encouraged everyone to do the same.  She will be remembered for her selfless nature and unbreakable spirit with a vivacious personality to match.  Over the years she had received several honors, including 2012 Bayonne's Outstanding Senior and was awarded MVP (Most Valuable Participant) by the National Fraternal Congress of America which recognized her volunteer efforts that strengthened her community through charitable endeavors.  She dedicated many years volunteering five days a week at the Bayonne 4th Street Nutrition Site.  At the age of 90, she was what many considered “an amazing exercise instructor”,  teaching aerobic classes to seniors three days a week.  

A devout parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, her faith in God was deep and unyielding, and carried her through some of the most difficult times in her life.  She was an active member of the Mt. Carmel Seniors, the Mt. Carmel Guild, the Rosary Society, the Altar Society, the Young at Heart, the Pulaski Parade Memorial Committee, the Royal Arcanum, and the Friends of Saint Francis Organization of Bayonne. 

Stella treasured her family and embraced every moment with them.  She especially loved her role as “Babci” where she proudly and joyfully shared pictures and stories of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's milestones with her friends.  She will be dearly missed and will remain in the hearts and memories of those who were lucky enough to have known her. 

Stella was predeceased by her dearly beloved husband Joseph Rakowski, her son Kenneth and daughter-in-law Sherry, two brothers, Walter and John, and her sister Helen Pearce.  Left to cherish her wonderful legacy are her loving and devoted son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Julie; three grandchildren, Susan Thornhill, Jeffrey Rakowski and his wife Jennifer, and Robert Rakowski, and four great-grandchildren, Makayla, Alexander, Aiden, and Jacob. 

A visitation will be held at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on Friday, August 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral mass in Stella's honor will be offered on Saturday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m. from the Parish of St. John Paul II at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, N.J. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Stella's favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, would be most appreciated.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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August 2, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home
20 East 22nd Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Funeral Mass
August 3, 2019

10:00 AM
St. John Paul II Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
39 East 22nd Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Interment to follow

Holy Cross Cemetery
340 Ridge Rd
North Arlington, NJ 07031

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