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Stella Josephine Spector



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On Thursday, July 14, 2022, Stella Josephine Spector, loving wife, sister, mother, aunt, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 93.

Stella was born on May 8, 1929, in Melrose Park, Ill., to Henry and Stella Kuhlmann. As a daughter of a naval officer, she would move quite often and spent a number of her childhood years living in Cuba. At the early age of 13, Stella started her modeling career, which went on to include modeling for Pierre Balmain, becoming Miss Connecticut, and participating in the first Miss Universe Pageant in 1952. Stella was represented by the Coronet Model Agency, as well as the Ford Modeling Agency and she also helped start the Models Guild of Philadelphia. Stella worked for the Blum Store in Philadelphia as a model and fashion commentator and this is where she went on to meet her future husband. On October 23, 1954, she married Arthur Edward Spector and together they raised five children in Newtown, Conn., where she was a long-time resident.

Although she led a glamorous life as a model, Stella’s most cherished titles were mother and grandmother. Stella loved to travel the world with her family and jumped at every opportunity to do so.

Stella was preceded in death by her husband, Art Spector; her sisters, Sophia Wiss and Lois Kuhlmann; and her son, Henry “Toby” Spector.

She is survived by her brother, Dietrich (Kaye) Kuhlmann, of Denver, Colorado; her children, Amy Brettholz of New York, N.Y., Kathryn (Alban) Miller of Champaign, Ill., John “Jeb” (Cheryl) Spector of Woodbury, Conn., and Annie Sumple of Doylestown, Penn; and her step-son, Victor (Debbie) Spector of Chalfont, Penn. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be on Friday, July 22, from 5 to 7 pm at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, Conn. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 11 am at Honan Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Newtown Village Cemetery.

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