Friday, January 7, 2022
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Canton, West of Sheldon
45100 Warren Rd.
Canton, MI 48187
Saturday, January 8, 2022
11:00 AM EST
St. Thomas A'Becket Catholic Church
555 S. Lilley Rd
Canton, MI 48188
Life Story / Obituary
When reflecting on the life of Stella Sacha, it is easy to see her unending love for her family. She had a zest for life that was contagious to all who were near, and her desire to love and serve others was unmatched. Stella was deeply devoted to her loved ones, and it has been said that she had a heart of gold. With faith as a cornerstone, she made the most of each and every day she was given. Deeply loved, Stella will be forever missed.
The 1930s brought us some of the most trying days we have faced as a nation as the entire decade was cloaked in the hardship of the Great Depression. Jobs were scarce and the unemployment rate soared while cities, communities, and families came together to weather the storm however they could. Despite the trials around them, Frank and Mary Dyszynski were able to shift their focus to an exciting time in their lives as they announced the birth of the baby girl they named Stella on July 3, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of seven, and as the years went by she was close to many of her siblings.
Born and raised on Conant Street on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit, Stella was a young girl of her generation. She was raised in a Polish community, and her family was deeply entrenched in Polish traditions as well. Her father had various jobs including as a custodian at the theater, cleaning streets, and working in a factory while her mother cleaned offices. Stella attended grade school where the nuns were really strict, and English was a second language. Her family had limited funds, but Stella was very grateful when her sister-in-law, Jenny, took her to a store and let her pick out anything that she wanted. Stella picked out a doll that became a treasured possession. She often sat on the front porch with her sisters, watching the boys go by. As the story goes, Stella and her sisters were quite the boy magnet. She attended local schools, but when her father passed away when she was around 11 Stella stopped attending schools shortly after that. She helped her sister, Francis, sand parts, at the factory where she worked. Stella worked at Woolworth’s, first as a sales clerk and later as store buyer. She helped open new stores in the Metro Detroit area and even turned down an opportunity to work creating window displays in New York!
New and exciting changes were in store for Stella when she met the man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Henry Sacha, and they met when his older brother began dating a coworker of Stella’s. It didn’t take them long to fall in love, and with a desire to spend the rest of their lives together they were married at Queen of Apostles, marking the beginning of a new chapter in a love story that would span 60 years. Together they welcomed two children, Kathryn and Robert, into their hearts and home. Stella was a loving and supportive mother who focused her time and attention at home. Her meatballs were always a family favorite, yet everything she made was fantastic. Once her children were older, Stella returned to work at various retail stores.
There was nothing that Stella loved more than being with her family. For years family dinners and holidays were spent with the Savitskie and Hendra side of the family. Stella was filled with unspeakable joy to become a grandmother, and her five grandchildren, Carolyn, Gabrielle, Christophe, Jean-Pierre, and Nicolas, were the light of her life. She helped raise her grandchildren and was there to babysit whenever she was needed. Stella loved playing games like Kings in the Corner and Dominoes with her grandchildren. She was included in many of the things that Kathy’s family was doing including small getaways or various daily activities. There were also memorable family trips to Hawaii, Florida, and France. Stella was also there to help her husband travel with the American Legion. While her husband was serving as commander, Stella was also involved in hosting several conventions throughout Michigan. There were many celebrations along the way as well including both 25th and 50th wedding anniversary parties at Botsford Inn and Inn at St. John”s. More recently, they celebrated Stella’s 90th birthday last July with family in St. Augustine, Florida. They took an airboat ride in the Florida swamps, went sightseeing, and just relaxed on the beach. Although she was deeply saddened with her husband’s death in 2014, she was so thrilled to continue living on her own as she was very self-sufficient and independent.
Over the years Stella was always busy. Faith played an important role in her life, and she was a faithful member at St. Suzanne's in Detroit and St. Thomas a Becket in Canton. Stella enjoyed watching Fox News, often lamenting about today’s world with Kathy. She loved getting advice and help from John, and she had a very special relationship with Carolyn.
All who knew Stella Sacha would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. Her priority was always the happiness and comfort of others, and she would go out of her way to make others happy. Stella treasured her roles as a wife and mother, but she just might have argued that nothing was better than becoming a grandmother later in life. She loved to laugh, and her joy for living was easy to see. Deeply loved, Stella will be forever missed.
Sacha, Stella T. Age 90. Beloved wife of predeceased Henry J. of 60 years. Dearest mother of Kathryn (John) Hendra, Robert (Nathalie) Sacha. Loving grandmother of Carolyn Hendra, Gabrielle (Daniel) Sacha-Mellstrom, Christophe, Jean-Pierre and Nicolas. Visitation Friday 2-8 p.m. with Parish Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 45100 Warren Road, Canton. In state Saturday 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas A Becket Catholic Church with Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia.