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Stella Wissner, 83, Dies; Still Counting Into Her Eighties

Stella Wissner passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 2, 2005, in Kirkland, Washington. She was born Stella Stein on May 26, 1922, at 538 East 175th Street, Bronx, New York, as the 4th child of Max Stein and Dora (Epstein) Stein. She completed high school in the Bronx, followed by a junior college accounting and bookkeeping program, and was married to Irving Edward Wissner three days short of her 20th birthday on May 23, 1942, in Yonkers, New York, by Frank H. Coyne, County Judge of Westchester County.

After living in New York and Louisiana during WWII, Ed's aerospace career took Stella to Long Island, New York, and her son Martin was born in New York City in 1947. The family moved to San Diego in 1955, where her daughter Lisa was born in 1962. After a brief time in Florida, the family moved to Los Angeles in 1968.

Stella worked in bookkeeping and comptroller roles for almost sixty years, including over thirty years for Los Angeles general contractors Montgomery Ross Fisher and Herbert A. Lewis. Stella and Ed moved to Bellevue, Washington, in 1989, to be closer to their daughter. She continued to work part-time for Fisher and Lewis, and also became active in the Overlake Hospital Auxiliaries and her homeowners association.

She enjoyed her final two years of life in the home next door to her daughter, where she enjoyed dinner with her three youngest grandchildren nearly every evening and got to follow their enthusiasms for Formula One automobile racing, Dungeons and Dragons, infectious diseases, and building all sorts of wild creations out of Lego and K'Nex.

Stella battled CREST Syndrome for nearly sixty years, and survived two bouts of breast cancer in the last decade of her life, but finally succumbed to a general failure of her major systems that was triggered by a foot infection that refused to heal.

She was preceded in death by her husband Irving Edward Wissner, and her brother Jack and her sisters Nettie and Helen.

She is survived by her son Martin Wissner and his wife Katherine, his children Timothy Wissner and Jason Wissner, her daughter Lisa Wissner-Slivka and her husband Benjamin W. Slivka, and their children Max Slivka, Nathaniel Slivka, and Lauren Slivka.

Suggested memorials to Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923,

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