Stella R. (Ozerhauski) Buczek, 97, of New Milford, died peacefully Nov. 13, 2010, at Candlewood Valley Nursing Home in New Milford. She was the wife of the late Joseph W. Buczek for 51 years.

Mrs. Buczek was born Feb. 6, 1913, in Terryville, daughter of the late Walter and Helen Ozerhauski. She attended Terryville schools and lived in New Milford for more than 75 years. Mrs. Buczek was a loving wife, mother and homemaker.

Over the years she worked at the Western View Farm, General Electric during World War II, Golden's Department Store, Countdown Store and, most recently, Sara's Closet, a children's shop in Brookfield.

She worked well into her 90s and was especially loved by all the children, who referred to her as Gram.

Mrs. Buczek was a lifelong member of The Sisters Of Mary and an active member of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford.

She was best known for her beautiful handiwork. She regularly had a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook in her hands.

Mrs. Buczek won countless trophies and ribbons over the years, and she shared her talents with many others. She gave most of her beautiful work as gifts and donations over the years.

Mrs. Buczek leaves behind a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Barbara Buczek, of Brookfield; two grandchildren, David and Cynthia Buczek; and two great-grandchildren, Sara and Lauren Jelenffy, all of New Milford.

In addition to her husband Joseph, she was predeceased by four sisters, Stephanie Workowski, Sophie Louatoure, Jane Makara and Jennie Budzienski; and two brothers, Walter and Joseph Ozerhauski, all of the Terryville area.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.