Stella Barnes Johnson

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Stella Barnes Johnson of Hamden passed away on October 19, 2010. She was born in New York City on October 27, 1933, daughter of the late Emma-Louise Warner and William Furman. She was later legally adopted by Joel Barnes of Wallingford. A graduate of Wheelock College in Boston, she taught public school in New Jersey, in Hamden and in Wallingford, CT. She was also a New Haven School Volunteer teaching English to second language learners. Ms. Johnson was an active antiques dealer for many years and professionally managed estate sales under the name of Another Stellar Sale. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross South Central Connecticut Chapter, the New Haven Colony Historical Society, the Hamden Historical Society and the Giant Valley Association of Antiques Dealers. She was also a member of the North Haven Lions Club. Ms. Johnson is survived by three children, James S. Johnson III and his wife Marion, Elizabeth W. Johnson and Douglas C. Johnson and his wife Mary; three grandchildren, Melissa Laine and her husband Yaakov, Ezra Johnson and Molly Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Esti, Dovi and Shira Laine; three sisters, Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, Nancy Barnes and Eleanor Friedman; nephew Joel Raymond and nieces Courtney and Lindsey. Friends and relatives may visit with her family on Sunday, October 24th at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. A graveside service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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  1. I send my sincere and loving condolence to all of Stella’s family. Stella and I have been great friends for over twenty five years, I love her and she will always be in my heart.

  2. my sincerest condolences. Stella was always a lady in not always pleasant circumstances and was truly one of my very favorite patients.. We will miss her upbeat attitude and sense of humor

  3. In a rough and sometimes crude world, Stella remained a true lady. One always knew one could count on a great sale if it were one of Stella’s. I will miss seeing her at Another Stellar Sale.

  4. My deepest sympathies to Stella’s family. She was my neighbor the past 12 years and I’m going to miss her very much. She was a lovely lady.

  5. We will miss your mom’s weekly visits to our store. She would come in on a Saturday and say she was in for weekly her therapy session where Frank and Stella would laugh the morning away. Our deepest sympathy to your family at this time, Stella will be greatly be missed Mike, Frank and Michael Adam

  6. Although I cannot even count the number of years it’s been since I’ve seen the Johnson Family, my heart aches for your loss. I have the best childhood memories of Mrs. Johnson, your whole family, and playing in your backyard on Wayland. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  7. I have known Stella for over 65 years and had great times at the Barnes cottage near New London. I will miss the estate sales and her friendly comments always to me.

  8. Stella was a lovely lady. We will miss her. She was a wonderful friend to our Mother & Mother-in-law. We had the pleasure of working with her for many years at The Red Cross Antique Sale, and also in the world of Estate Sales. She was a great mentor. Our deepest sympathy to her family. Ann & Chuck Pfisterer


  10. I want to extend to the family of Stella Johnson my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. I have know Stella for more than 20 years. I frequently attended her Stellar Sales and often ran into her on the estate/ tag sale circuit. Stella was always a gentlewoman of class, grace, kindness and style. I always enjoyed meeting and talking with her over the years. She will be greatly missed.

  11. My condolences to each member of Stella’s family. It was my honor and good fortune to have known her. She was bright and smart and indeed a lady. My life is better for having known her.

  12. My heartfelt condolences to Stellas’ family. As a former member and Chairman of the New Haven Red Cross Board, I was always amazed at her hard work and dedication to helping make the world a better place for those who were less fortunate and in need. A wonderful person who appreciated the impotrant things in life. Stella will be missed by her loving family, I’m sure, and by the community she so lovingly served.

  13. Johnson Family, I am a friend of Mary & Doug from Greensboro. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how precious and special Mothers are. I hope you find comfort in knowing she is in Jesus’ arms. God Bless and keep you.

  14. My heart aches for you and your family during this difficult time.We started our friendship at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford and have continued all these years. I will miss her greatly. Please except my condolences on your loss. She was a great person and friend. Sincerely, Ginny Berniere (203)848-2236

  15. We were so saddened to just learn of the passing of our friend Stella. Greater New Haven will just not be as great a place without her. We were just with her a few weeks ago at one of her sales. She always was concerned about .You. as a person & had to be pressed to talk about her own challenges. To Jim, Elizabeth & Doug….please know that this earth is a better place because of her. We will all miss her so much. Love, Chuck & Jane Bove

  16. My deepest condolences to the Johson family. Stella was a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. She was so very proud of her family, passionate about the antique world, and enjoyed her life. I will miss my friend very much. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  17. Jim, I just heard about your mom. You and your family have my deepest condolences. I hope you are well.

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