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Stella Frances Gabriel Kitchen, 62, of Pooler, Georgia, peacefully entered into eternal rest on April 16, 2015, in her home, surrounded by loved ones.

kitchen - stella (150 x 217)Born September 20, 1952 in St. Albans, England, Stella was the daughter of the late Herbert James Dawborne and the late Mary Josephine “Mollie” Dawborne. Stella moved to the United States in 1980 with her husband and three children, and they added to the family with a fourth child a year later. She worked in the Family Life Office in the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for almost 15 years, developing and training individuals in marriage and other sacramental preparatory programs. In addition, she served as a Board Member for the National Council of Catholic Bishops Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning and was a Diocesan representative for the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. Stella also developed the Diocese of Harrisburg Natural Family Planning (NFP) and NFP Teacher Training programs, which are being used across the country.

Stella was the best friend and beloved wife of 41 years to Roger Kitchen. She is also survived by her son, Matthew Kitchen and his wife, Carrie, of Marietta, PA; her daughters, Helen Kitchen and partner, Shane Reichert, of Hanover, PA, Sarah Rutkowski and her husband, Michael, of Canton, GA, and Elizabeth Althoff and her husband, Will, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and her five beloved grandchildren.

She will be remembered for her unwavering devotion to family and friends, her incredible sense of humor, and the joy that she brought to all those around her.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 6:30 o’clock Monday, April 20, 2015, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church – 501 South Coastal Highway – Port Wentworth with the Rosary being held at 6:30 o’clock.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church conducted by The Reverend Douglas K. Clark. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Helen cox says:

    I will always remember how much fun you were when I was a child, you made me laugh so much . How lucky I am to have known such a kind beautiful women, heaven will be an even more special place with you their xxx my love and thoughts to Rodger Matthew, Helen, Sarah ,Libby and Grandchildren xx

  2. Sam Strangis says:

    I will remember Stella for all the happy times we had together as family. Much love.

  3. Sam Crossley says:

    The first time I spoke with Stella I could feel her enthusiasm and her strong sense of humor over the phone. I am glad to have met her and Roger and I will miss her dry wit and her frank sense of humor. I know she was strong in her faith and that she is in a better place now. Too short was her time here, but long will she be remembered.

  4. Aleta Phillips says:

    I will miss my funny friend and confident. She was always able to lift my spirits and make me feel better when things seemed out of control. She will be missed by me and all who knew her. I am so sorry for your loss, Roger, Matt, Sarah, Helen and Libby and all her loved ones. I will keep you all in my prayers. She is surely smiling down on you already sending you love and strength!

  5. Gwen O'Shea Miller says:

    I will always remember the O’Shea Kitchen family get togethers, Stella and Roger spending the weekend with me and Chris to help prepare us for marriage and the lovely weekend my mother and I shared with Stella and Roger in Savannah. Heaven has a beautiful angel.

  6. Herb & Patty Dolaway says:

    We are sad to hear that Stella died, but know she is in Heaven looking down on her beloved family. We remember Stella fondly from your years in Chambersburg/Corpus Christi Church. PreCana was made more fun with her sense of humor and ease of talking to those preparing for marriage! God Bless her family in this time of sadness.

  7. Mary Pat Van Epps says:

    Oh, how I loved our Stella!!! Heaven is an even happier place now that she is there. Her love for Roger and her children were always her top priority and her laughter could light up a room and have everyone in tears laughing out loud with her stories. Her phone calls to Roger always “worked” too. Such a love of a person. I can just see her in Heaven making even the angels laugh and I just bet Jesus is thrilled to have her even closer to Him now. Rest in happy peace, sweet Stella. I love you!

  8. April Reifer says:

    i am sorry for your loss Roger, Matthew, Helen, Sarah, and Libby. I have nothing but good thoughts of Stella. She was a great person and I am happy I knew her. May God grant her eternal peace.

  9. Alan Stonesifer says:


    Please accept my most sincere condolences upon the loss of your wife. May God give her eternal piece, and comfort you in this difficult time.

    God Bless,

    Regards, Alan

  10. John and Judy B. says:

    Pls accept our deep sympathies on the passing of Stella. We know the world was a better place with her in it and will be sadder and poorer for her absence. May she rest in peace.

  11. John and Judy B. says:

    Please accept our deep sympathies on the passing of Stella. We know the world was a better place with her in it and will be sadder and poorer for her absence. May she rest in peace.

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