WALLINGTON, N.J. -- Stacia Kudlacik of Wallington died on Sept. 1. She was 94.
Kudlacik was born to Francis and Maryann (Puzio) Gurtowski, in Passaic, N.J. on May 24, 1921. She was the youngest of eight children and was the last surviving one.
Her first husband, Anthony Stolarz, died in 1945. In July of 1949, she married Eugene Kudlacik. He also predeceased her.
Kudlacik had worked at various companies throughout the years, but last worked at Gimbels Department Store in the housewares department, at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus. She was an accomplished cook and was well known for many of her superb dishes.
Every year she would enjoy the cooking frenzy, in preparation for The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Picnic. Her famous rice-cake recipe is currently missing. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and also made lap blankets for the sick and elderly.
She was an extremely active parishioner of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, where she spent countless hours helping to prepare for holidays and parish functions, and was also a member of the Most Sacred Heart Rosary Confraternity. She was also an active member of the Wallington Seniors.
Kudlacik is survived by her children and their spouses: Robert J. and Lorraine Stolarz of Towaco, N.J.; Janet Hartmann of Raritan, N.J.; and Diane and Robert Smedley of Orlando, FL. She was predeceased by her son-in-law Mark Hartmann. She is also survived by her grandchildren Robyn Petroski, Sandy Stolarz and Daniel Hartmann; and her great-grandchildren Jason and Hailey Petroski.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the Most Sacred Heart Building Fund or the Parish Nursing Program, c/o Wallington Presbyterian Church, 9 Bond St., Wallington, N.J. 07057. All are appreciated.
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