Entered into the Blessed Hope of life eternal on Thursday, 29 September 2016, at her home in Bethlehem, CT. Stasia was born on 18 May 1917 in Waterbury, CT, the daughter of the late Mary and Walter Salemonas. She attended St. Joseph’s School and Waterbury Catholic High. She was introduced to her future husband, Edward, by the late Toni Keilty. It was in Bethlehem where Stasia and Edward built their home on land given to them as a wedding present by Ed’s mother, Anna. Anastasia worked as a homemaker and in the old Naugatuck Rubber and Engineered Sintering’s and Plastics. She was a member of the Catholic Women of Bethlehem, served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Nativity where she was a parishioner. Her ministry in the parish community saw her receive, from Archbishop Mansell, the St. Joseph Medal of which she was very honored and proud. In addition, her needlepoint and knitting mittens for the Christmas Tree project brought her great joy. Stasia was a woman of deep faith, loved her family and friends and was willing when able to assist those in need.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Edward, and her son, David. In addition, her sister Olga Savitskas Gray and brothers Walter and Stanley.
She is survived by her sons Fr. Edward Kacerguis, Pastor of Christ Sun of Justice Parish and Chaplain at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and COL (Ret) U.S. Army Peter A. Kacerguis (Julia) of Leander, TX. Grandsons Christopher H. (Megan) and Daniel A. (Brooke) and great grandchildren, Michael, Anna, Clara and Aerolynne. She is also survived by many relatives and friends.
The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to the Bethlehem Ambulance Service for their efforts, Saint Mary’s Hospital and all their staff for their professionalism, kindness, and compassion during Mom’s stay and to the VITAS hospice care and Companions and Homemakers of Litchfield. In addition, to all who offered their assistance in so many ways we cannot begin to say THANK YOU enough. Your thoughts, prayers, and presence have meant so much.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate The Liturgy of Christian Burial on Wednesday, 5 October 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, East Main Street, Bethlehem, CT. Her body will be received at the Church of the Nativity at 8:30 AM, followed by a viewing, followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Internment will be at the Bethlehem Cemetery in Bethlehem.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Anastasia’s memory to the Memorial Fund of the University Parish of Christ Sun of Justice, 10 Tom Phelan Place, Troy, NY 12180.