Stella B. Wallenhorst
Stella B. Wallenhorst passed into the arms of the Lord at age 98 on January 28, 2018 at St. Columban’s on the Lake, Silver Creek, NY. She was born on May 20, 1919 in Braddock PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary Stella (Murray) O’Shea. On August 31, 1942, she married Ralph F. Wallenhorst of Buffalo, NY. Her husband of 72 years preceded her in death on November 13, 2013.
Surviving are her daughter Linda J. Wallenhorst of Clearwater FL and son Paul M. (Susan) Wallenhorst of Dunkirk NY; grandsons Timothy C. (Cait) Wallenhorst of Cleveland OH and Mark H. Wallenhorst of Buffalo NY; and great grandchildren Rowan M. Wallenhorst and Ruby A. Wallenhorst of Cleveland. Surviving nieces and nephews include Patricia O’Shea of Tampa, FL, Joseph Chalmers of Bethesda MD, Walter Chalmers of Temple Hills, MD, Mary Frances (Chalmers) Pierce of Arlington, VA, Theresa (Chalmers) Parlier of Lake Wales FL, and many other family members.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her beloved daughter Elaine M. Wallenhorst of Buffalo NY, her brother L. Murray O’Shea of St. Petersburg FL, her sisters Frances (O’Shea) Chalmers of St. Petersburg, FL, Mary Jane O’Shea of Washington D. C., and nephews Robert O’Shea of Boston, MA, and Gerard Chalmers of St. Petersburg FL.
Stella graduated from Braddock High School and moved to Washington D.C. where she provided clerical support during World War II. There, she met Ralph Wallenhorst, the love of her life and true soul mate. With him, she achieved her lifelong dream to be a mother and raise a family. For thirty years, she provided a warm and loving home for her family while Ralph worked as a journalist for the Buffalo News, and correspondent for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
She was a member of the St. Ambrose Holy Name Society, President of the PTA, and Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts. Stella enjoyed great friendships with her friends in the Pinochle Club, and enjoyed traveling with her family on annual summer vacations around
the U.S.A. and Canada. In 1984 she and Ralph retired to Florida and lived there until Ralph’s passing in 2013.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Columban’s on the Lake and a Celebration of Life will follow at 9:30 on March 3, 2018.