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May 5, 1926 – June 21, 2014

Stella P. Pappas, a longtime volunteer at the Buffalo Greek Festival and a telephone company retiree, died Saturday at her Buffalo home after a long illness. She was 88.

Born Stella P. Poulos in Niagara Falls, she graduated from LaSalle High School.

She moved to Buffalo in 1945 and began to work as a switchboard operator for New York Telephone and then later as a group chief manager for AT&T. She was a 25-year member of Telephone Pioneers of America. She retired in 1988.

Passionate about her Greek heritage, Mrs. Pappas was a Sunday school teacher at Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation for more than 39 years, served as chairwoman for volunteers at the Greek Festival, and cooked and baked for the festival for more than 25 years. She received the church’s Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in 1993.

Her husband, William A., died in 1995.

She is survived by two daughters, Maria Bork and Diana; two sons, Arthur and Dean; a sister, Theodora Paxson; a brother, Paul Poulos; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. at Delaware Avenue.