Monroe woman who loved people and mariachi music died of COVID-19
Monroe woman who loved people and mariachi music died of COVID-19

Monroe woman who loved people and mariachi music died of COVID-19

This obituary is part of “We will remember“, a series about those we have lost to coronavirus.

People always complimented Stella Lopez for having a big, beautiful smile. She was a kind woman who lived for her children and tried to help others by sharing her sewing skills and homemade pastries.

Lopez, 79, died on December 21, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Monroe as a result of complications from COVID-19.

She was born in San Antonio and graduated from Somerset High School.

Lopez married Joe Lopez in Somerset, Texas, and they eventually moved to Monroe. After her husband’s death in 1972, Lopez remained single and decided to raise their four children in Michigan.

Stella Lopez with her children, from left, Kathy Vensel, Robert Lopez, Joe Lopez and Elaine Sulfaro.

Lopez, a member of the Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, worked as a private home caregiver with the Monroe County Opportunity Program and retired from the Lutheran home in 2010 after 25 years of employment.

She lived for her children, and her motto, as she instilled in them and her grandchildren, was: If you have to do something, make sure you do it right, according to daughter Elaine Sulfaro.

She loved spending time with her children and attending events for her grandchildren; she adored her great-granddaughter.

Great-granddaughter Cecilia Sulfaro with Lopez on her 78th birthday.

Lopez loved sewing, crafting, gardening and playing the card game crazy rummy with his daughters. She also enjoyed making Mexican food, baking and watching the Cooking Channel.

“She always came over and helped my sister and I with plants and gardening,” Sulfaro said. “Her enchiladas were delicious. … Her specialty was making turtles for family and friends at Christmas time. ”

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