Stella (Pifko) Marnik

Died: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 01, 2019
Location: Machnowski Funeral Home 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Mon., Dec. 02, 2019
Location: St. Joseph Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven, MA 02719

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Stella Pifko Marnik, 88            9-18-31

Daughter of the late Alexander and Katherine (Pabis) Pifko.
Wife of Edwin J. Marnik, married 67 years.
Mother of son Thomas E. Marnik, wife  Kathleen of Remer, Minnesota.
Daughter, Marcia M. DuPont, companion of Marc Heon, Mattapoisett MA

Grandmother of Abigail DuPont of Fairhaven, Justin DuPont of Boston, Jennifer Ringhofer, husband Steven of Ankeny, Iowa and Michael Marnik, wife Bethany of Omaha, Nebraska.
Great Granddaughters Hailey, Kylie, Amelia Ringhofer and Lydia Marnik.  Great Grandson Grady Marnik
Sister of Paul and Andrew Pifko, Irene Koczwara and Pauline Amaral.  All of Fairhaven, MA

Past President of :
     Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women’s Clubs Inc.
     Polish Women’s Business and Professional Club of Greater New Bedford
     Polish National Alliance Council 81
     Council of Women’s Organizations of Greater New Bedford

Member of Polish National Alliance Lodge 536 of New Bedford for over fifty years
and served as Financial Secretary for 26 years.  Was a lifetime Member of Polish
Women’s Business and Professional Club.  Member of  Catholic Women’s Club.

Mrs. Marnik was Director of Stella Pifko Dance Studio for 31 years and was a past member of Dance Masters of America.  She was Producer of Miss Massachusetts
Scholarship Pageant for eight years.  During her younger years, she performed in
many variety shows and also had her own performing arts group for nursing

She was active in Town of Fairhaven and at one time served on Arts Lottery
Committee.  She was a Town Meeting Member and also served on the Board of Registrars as one of the members representing Fairhaven Republican Town
Committee, for 13 years.

In 1987, Stella was presented with an award for her outstanding achievements
from the late Aloysius Majewski, President of Polish National Alliance in Chicago.
In 1991 she was awarded “Woman of the Year” by the Polish American United
Organizations of Greater New Bedford for her loyalty, dedication and service to
The Polish American Community.
In 1995 she was honored with “Woman of the Year” in District 1 of the Polish
National Alliance and was Chairwoman of the Pre-Convention Committee for the
42nd National Convention of Polish National Alliance that took place in
Providence, RI.

In 1997 she was awarded Lifetime Membership in the Polish Women’s Business
And Professional Club of Greater New Bedford for being the only member to
serve four terms as organization President and for many fund raisers she chaired,
for Polish Causes.  She also achieved recognition for being a member of this
organization for Sixty-Years.

She served as a judge for many Scholarship and Beauty Pageants throughout
New England and was  Coordinator for the 50th 1948 Class Reunion of
Fairhaven High School.
Her volunteer work as an Ombudsman-for elderly in nursing homes was—a
commitment of love and understanding that she enjoyed.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s church in Fairhaven and served as a
lector and previously was piano accompanist for the Children’s Choir.
She enjoyed taking photos of friends and family and presenting them with copies
She and her husband enjoyed playing cribbage every weekend for over 50 years.

Visitation is 2 – 6 P.M., Sunday,, December 1, 2019 at Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  Her funeral Mass is at 10 A.M., Monday in St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven.  Burial will follow in Naskatucket Cemetery, Fairhaven.  For condolences, visit

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Connie Filipek Chandler
   Posted Wed November 27, 2019
Sending prayers of sympathy and love. I have wonderful memories of childhood play days at Pleasant Street and Green St with Marcia. Also I have unforgettable loving memories of my years dancing and how Stella was the best teacher, always bringing out the best in all of us. She has left a lasting positive impression on many of us. God's blessings to all of you during this sad time.

Jim Rogers
   Posted Wed November 27, 2019
My sincere sympathies at the loss of Stella.
I have all good memories of working with Stella on the Miss Ma pageant. I always enjoyed her friendliness and understanding.
My prayers are for her and you that you will continue to do the work of the Lord as she did.
Jim Rogers
Fall River

Dawn M Hart Vello and family
   Posted Thu November 28, 2019
Dear Marnik Family Sending deepest sympathy to all and Prayers. May Stella REST IN ETERNAL PEACE...Great friend of my Martin/Hart family as well as many others in town and at St.Joseph. Many good memories. May God Bless..

Norma Hardy
   Posted Thu November 28, 2019
Tom, Marcia and Ed

So very sorry to hear. You don't remember me but Your Mom and I use to play Bingo one night a week at St. Joseph's. We had a lot of fun. God bless you all.

Debbie (Sylvia) Raposa
   Posted Mon December 02, 2019
Marcia & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom being a wonderful outgoing hard-working woman. From the time my brother and I took Polish dancing lessons...performing at nursing homes, played an active role in the PWBPC, and her involvement in numerous other events! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marguerite Silva & Theresa Silva
   Posted Mon December 02, 2019
Dear Ed, Marcia and Tom:
So sorry to hear of Stella's passing. We do not get the newspaper and did not know until today when I went to the computer. Our hearts are heavy--but we have such good memories of the dance studio,recitals, etc. She will be greeted by all her students who went before her. Love Always

Pattie Ledoux
   Posted Mon January 27, 2020
Ed,Tom &Marcia
Sorry to be so late, but out of the area and received no notice. Stella will be sorely missed. All she did for me throughout the time at the studio will never be forgotten. Think of her often. My prayers are with you all.

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