Stella Boyle 1923 - 2012
Stella Boyle, Fatima Park, Dundalk who died peacefully at home after a relatively short illness was originally from Kilkerley but lived most of her long and happy life in Dundalk.
Born in 1923, Stella was one of eight children of Michael and Josephine McConnell.
Her husband, John who predeceased Stella some 30 years ago was from the Inniskeen area.
The couple were married at a young age and settled in the newly built Fatima estate where they were a respected and integral part of the community.
Stella was able to take up working outside of the home when her children were grown up and she worked for a time in the Fairways Hotel and the canteen in ECCO.
Stella's life centred round family, for she was devoted to their well being and she eagerly looked forward to the visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they in turn responded mainly because of the interest that Stella took in their welfare.
For her social outings Stella linked nothing better than visiting one of the many bingo sessions in town where she made and met many friends. She loved her holidays, but never ventured outside of the country because of her fear of flying, and Galway was the location she enjoyed most, especially those holidays with the Cooley group. A very quiet, reserved lady, Stella had great determination that sustained her throughout her life and particularly during her illness in recent years for she never wanted to be a burden on others and fought right to the end.
Her family are deeply appreciative of the wonderful support that they received from the Louth Hospice and Palliative care and feel that they do not get enough recognition for the wonderful work they do.
Stella's death, even at an advanced age, will be deeply mourned by her family, especially her daughter, Ann, and she will be remembered with great affection by many people.
Stella is survived by her son, John (Ardee), daughters, Geraldine Cosgrove (Cavan), Janie (Dundalk) and Ann Rogers (Dundalk), brother, Felix (Dromiskin), sisters, Annie Rogers (Dundalk) and Phyllis Malone (Kilcurry), 13 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, John brother, Mickey, and sisters, Winnie Moley, Kathleen Carroll and Bridie Craig.
Having reposed at her home, Stella's remains were taken to St. Joseph's Church, Castletown were Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. C. McElwee, P.P., who gave the eulogy.
The Readings were given by grandchildren, Darren Cosgrove and Stephanie Boyle and the Prayers of Intercession were led by great-grandchildren, Gavin Gaskin, Liam Lindsay, Sean Byrne, Cian Gaskin, and Ciara Donnelly.
The Offertory Gifts and gifts that symbolised Stella's life were presented by daughter, Geraldine, sister, Phyllis Malone and granddaughter, Sinead Gaskin. The beautiful music was provided by Roisin Crawley and Olivia Finnegan.
After Mass burial took place in Kilcurry cemetery and there was a large attendance at both the Mass and interment reflecting the Boyle family's stong links with the area and the regard by which they are held.
Month's Mind Mass will be held on January 20th at 11.30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Castletown.