I. Stella Metzger died peacefully on Sunday September 13, 2020 at home. Born on perhaps the greatest birthdate ever (1/2/34) to Aurila and Antonia Filiault, Stella grew up in Springfield's Glenwood Circle neighborhood and lived most of her life in the Springfield/Wilbraham area. Stella graduated from Commerce High School in 1952. After high school she began working in the Ordnance Department at Springfield Armory where she met Raymond Metzger, who was to become her husband of 63 years. She also worked at General Electric from 1955 – 60, Western New England College Law School from 1972 – 84, Wilbraham & Monson Academy from 1984-86 and finally the East Longmeadow Public Library from 1986 – 2016. Picking up sports as an adult, Stella played tennis and was an avid skier, serving as a director at the Springfield Ski Club. She was also a dedicated golfer at both the Hampden and Wilbraham country clubs as well as a participant in the local bowling league. Stella also found time to be involved in the Wilbraham Garden Club, friends of the Wilbraham Public Library and was an active member of St Cecilia’s church. She loved spending time on Cape Cod with her children and grandchildren, insisting on riding the ocean waves each summer and playing dominoes at night. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond and her brother Roland (Janet) Filiault. She is survived by her brother Edgar (Beverly) Filiault and her four children, Michael Metzger and his wife Sharon, Mary Ellen Dillon and her husband John, John Metzger and his wife Betsy and her son James Metzger. She also leaves nine loving grandchildren; Zoelle, Benjamin, Joshua, Kevin, Liam, Katie, Holly, Heidi and Kelly as well as many nieces and nephews. Friends and family may meet for Stella’s Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12:00 Noon at St. Cecilia Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham. The family will receive friends in the Rotunda of the church from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon. Burial will be private. Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wilbraham Public Library, Crane Park Dr., Wilbraham, MA 01095.
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