Stella Terplak Brusoe, of Amsterdam, N.Y. passed away June 5, 2013, at the age of 85. She was a devoted wife to Kennard Gerald Brusoe Sr. for 40 years until his death in 1988.
Together they built their dream house and owned and operated two dairy farms in the Town of Florida.
Stella was the loving mother of four children; Ann Marie Brusoe of Amsterdam, Peter (Mary) Brusoe of Delanson, Kennard (Maria) Brusoe Jr., and Elaine Grant of Globe, Ariz. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Peter, Joshua (Bernadette), Reyers, Kennard III (Laura) Brusoe, Maryn (Stephen) Belling, Stella (Nathan) Gore, Rebecca (Amos) Neztsosie and Kendra Grant; and four great-grandchildren, Madeline Belling, Meadow and Lilly Gore and Aimee Neztsosie.
Education was extremely important to Stella. Even though she attended a tiny one-room school house on Millers Corners Road, she won a full scholarship to the University of Chicago when she was in high school. She had to turn it down when a fire destroyed her parents’ home.
She proudly saw all four of her children and most of her grandchildren graduate from college.
In addition to managing the family farms, Stella worked as a senior account clerk typist, most recently for the Montgomery County Department of Public Works until her retirement.
She loved anything to do with nature and homemaking. One of her favorite places was in the orchard picking apples, pears, wild strawberries and blackberries. Her storage cellar was always filled with preserves and her pies were legendary.
She grew a tremendous garden every year, both to feed her family and to feed her soul.
She loved to cook, especially traditional Ukrainian recipes that she learned from her mother.
Stella was of the Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish and sent her children to St Joseph’s School.
She was always ready to support bake sales, field trips, pageants, rummage sales and anything else she could do to help the sisters who ran the school. She later attended St. Mary’s Church.
Tokens of love and support may be sent to the Town of Florida Volunteer Fire Department in care of Betz, Rossi, Bellinger Funeral Home or a charity of one’s choice.