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Estella J. Kruta Cich

August 11, 1929 ~ March 9, 2019 (age 89)
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Message from Eric Kurkey
March 18, 2019 6:48 PM

I am so sorry for your loss!! Deepest sympathy & prayers to all the family! So many good memories growing up on that street! My mom knew & loved so many on Pleasant Lane. I always think of Estella when I walk into Kruta's Bakery. She was loved by so many!!
Message from Cindy Kurkey Young
March 18, 2019 6:15 PM

My condolences to the Cich, Kruta and Kassly families on the loss of Stella. I grew up on Pleasant Lane and would recite the names of the people in the homes as I went down the street. Pleasant Lane will not be the same without her. She was a great neighbor and a wonderful friend for my mother, Dorothy. I remember many a coffee klatch being held and all of the females on our street in attendance. She was always kind with a word of encouragement. I am so sorry for your loss.
Message from Sharon Karraker
March 15, 2019 8:36 PM

Libby and family....so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a dear lady and the best volunteer Fairview Hts had. Her smile and volunteerism will surely be missed. I’m sure Gods angels have it all planned on what her next volunteer job will be! God’s blessings to you all. Sharon Karraker
Message from Randy Pierce
March 15, 2019 8:11 PM

I admired this wonderful lady tremendously and always felt better after seeing and talking to her. Her warmth, energy and kindness were exemplary. Her spirited approach to life was truly inspirational. The strength of her work ethic was greater than anyone I have ever known. My sympathy to her loving family. Fairview Heights lost an iconic individual when she passed.
Message from David A Jacknewitz
March 15, 2019 8:48 AM

I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Cich since I was a little boy. I also know her first name Mrs. You girls have great memories to live with. She helped me for 25 years with my Ethnic Day and she will always live in my heart. My deepest sympathy to everyone involved. She was a great woman. She always knew family came first.
Message from Percy McKinney
March 14, 2019 11:31 PM

Having born in the "Goose Hill" section, I have known "Stella" literally all of my life. All through my life she has been a gracious lady and dear friend. Be blessed and know that she lived a good and fruitful life. Thank you for sharing her with us. Percy McKinney (Goose Hill re-Union Committee)
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A Blooming Basket was sent by Catherine Aleman, Aaron, Cece, and Nina Goldberg on March 14, 2019
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A Spring's Bounty Basket was ordered on March 14, 2019
Message from Andy Mensch
March 13, 2019 5:00 PM

Libby, may you and your family find solace and consolation from your memories of your mother and the values she exemplified.
Message from Cathy Weldon
March 13, 2019 3:37 PM

Dear Libby - Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers over the loss of your Mother. I hope you can hold the memories of her close to your heart and share with others those wonderful memories that you have of her. Cathy Weldon
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An A Little Bit of Sunshine was sent on March 13, 2019

Always good memories. With deepest sympathies. -Cathleen Karrick (Pegram) and Family.

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A Large Spathiphyllum was sent on March 13, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Stella was such a wonderful woman! Always with a smile when we saw her! She will be missed! Love, Theresa, Mike, Mary Michael and Anna Dunn & Joseph and Maryann Skowron

Message from Louise Werner
March 13, 2019 1:38 PM

Libby, Condolences to you and your whole family at this difficult time. Thinking of you and sending you good thoughts and prayers.
Message from Sandra Singh
March 13, 2019 11:11 AM

Dear Libby, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Sending positive thoughts your way. May you be comforted by your countless memories with your Mother. *HUGS*
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A candle was lit by Sandra Singh on March 13, 2019 11:09 AM
Message from Patrick M Daniels
March 13, 2019 10:02 AM

We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you and your families. The members of SCQF
Message from Denise Anderson
March 13, 2019 9:56 AM

Libby - my deepest condolences to you and your family. It sound like your Mom lived a very full life. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
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A candle was lit by Lydia Walker & Family on March 13, 2019 9:30 AM
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A candle was lit by Ella Mumphard on March 13, 2019 9:17 AM

Ella M. Mumphard Sending love and prayers to this wonderful family. Stella and her brothers hired children from the neighborhood in the 50's and 60's and gave us a since of pride in having our first jobs. The children of Goose Hill who are now in their 60's and 70's send our sincere condolences and fond memories of Stella
Message from Susan Bajusz
March 13, 2019 8:43 AM

You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. May you find peace and solace in your memories of her and in the impact she had on her friends and family. I did not have the good fortune to know her but I know Libby and in knowing her and having her share stories about her Mom over the years, I feel the echo of her life resonate in me, This is the one of the greatest gifts of humanity...that I and others can be blessed to know her through those that are left behind. In this way her legacy will live on in those who loved her and were fortunate enough to have their lives graced by her presence. The loss of a loved one is difficult under any circumstances. Every life is unique and her passing leaves a whole in the fabric of the universe that cannot be filled. But never stop sharing her stories so that the beauty of her life lives on and on!
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An Among the Clouds Basket was sent on March 12, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your MetLife family

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An A Dream in Pink was sent by City of Fairview Heights, IL on March 12, 2019
Message from Albert and Donna Jackson
March 12, 2019 9:57 AM

Please accept our Deepest Condolences on the loss of your Beloved Mother! She was truly one of a kind. Always smiling and always teased Albert and I when we went into the bakery. Estella, May you Fly high on the Wings of an Angel! You were truly a Blessing to all who knew you. You'll truly be missed.
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Message from Mike and Linda Rembish
March 11, 2019 9:22 PM

What a beautiful woman she was. We know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the Kassly, Cich and Kruta families.
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