Stella V. Privateer

Stella Victoria Privateer, 92, a resident of Heritage Park, formerly of Fredonia N.Y., passed away on February 11, 2014, after a brief illness.

She was born in Dunkirk on September 15, 1921, the daughter of John and Katherine (Cynecki) Kwasniewski. From the age of 7, she was raised in St. Mary’s Or-phanage in Dunkirk.

As a young woman, she held many jobs, including elevator operator at the Statler Hilton Hotel; and while working at Van Raalte, met through a co-worker, her future husband, Salvatore Samuel Privateer.

A loving and hard working mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, her kind and gentle demeanor, and tireless dedication, will be missed by all.

She was predeceased by her son, Noel Privateer (d. 1976); her husband “Sam” (d. 1987); and her siblings Margaret, Alex, Henry, Sophie, Florence, Tom, and Helen.

Survivors include her children, Marsha Privateer of Cape Coral, FL, Elaine (Paul) Arendt of Gerry, NY, James M. Privateer of Boston, MA, and Laura (Mark) Privateer-Swihart) of Fredonia, NY; grandchildren include James J. Privateer of Dunkirk, NY, Rebecca (Lester) Wilson of Lakewood, NY, and Laurin Privateer of Fredonia, NY; great-grandchildren Emmy and Owen Wilson; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements will be made by Larson-Timko Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Open Door Baptist Church in Cassadaga, NY on Saturday February 15 at 11:00 a.m., and will be officiated by Pastor Mark Emke.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.