Stella Crispino

Stella Crispino (Slinko)

Wednesday, November 27th, 1918 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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Stella Crispino passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the age of 101. Stella was born on November 27, 1918 in Bridgeport, CT and was a lifelong city resident. She graduated from St. Michael’s School and attended Central High School. Her education was cut short when she went to work to help support her family during the Great Depression. She worked as a seamstress and on the assembly line in factories. While working at Remington Arms, Stella met her husband James A. Crispino. They were married in 1946. After Jim passed away in 1964, Stella worked hard to support her children, all of whom became college graduates. She said her greatest achievement was raising her children and she was glad to live long enough to see them all become successful.

Stella was a strong and independent woman who had opinions on all topics and was not afraid to share them. Never one to waste a dime, instead of buying her grandchildren a birthday card, she drew a smiley face and wrote “Happy Birthday!” on a piece of paper and gave them the $2 she saved. She was proud of her Polish heritage and was an active parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel Church. She enjoyed singing and dancing as a member of the Golden Follies, taking trips to the casino, swimming, being a member of the Widows and Widowers Club, making jigsaw puzzles, reading, playing games, hosting house-painting parties and picnics in her backyard, square dancing, gardening, eating lunch at Bethany Center, and playing bingo. What gave her the most pleasure was spending time with her seven grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.

Stella was predeceased by her husband, James; brothers Stanley, Edward, Benjamin, and Francis Slinko; grandson Thomas Crispino; and son-in-law Bruce Richardson. Left to cherish her memory are her son James and wife Mary Beth; daughter Stephanie Richardson; son Andrew and wife Donna; sister-in-law Candide Slinko; grandchildren, James Crispino and his partner Ana Cuadra; Libby Richardson; Marin Ranta and her husband Sean; Jayna Richardson; Lisa Weber; and Michelle Crispino. She also leaves four great-granddaughters, Juliette and Phoebe Weber, and Edith and June Ranta, and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff at Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation who worked tirelessly to make Stella comfortable during her stay there.

There will be a private burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Stratford and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael the Archangel Church, 310 Pulaski Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St, Bridgeport has been entrusted with the services. For online condolences, memorial tributes and to make a donation visit us at
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    St. Michael's Cemetery
    2205 Stratford Avenue
    Stratford, Connecticut 06615
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Michael the Archangel Church.


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Carol Lee Mallery

Posted at 05:00pm
To The Family of Mrs. Stella Crispino,
With deepest sympathy. I remember her and the family from St. Michael's The Archangel Church.
May God Bless, Mrs. Carol Lee (Ryczer) Mallery

Larry Slinko

Posted at 04:53pm
Andy, Jimmy, Steffi,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom. I will always remember her as being so much more than an aunt to me. Her warmth, intelligence, kindness exuded from her where you couldn’t help but to feel comfortable in her presence. Right now she’s in heaven with Uncle Jim and the rest of the clan having a reunion for the ages.


Diane DeMattia

Posted at 02:40pm
We are sending our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May your memories of her stay in your hearts forever. Tony and Diane DeMattia (Michele Scholz's parents)


Posted at 08:06am
Jim sorry for your loss .Your mom lived the STO LAT and more.

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