Saturday, July 1, 2017


Stella Pendergast, 89, of Goodyear, AZ, formerly of Rib Lake, passed away Friday June 30, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ.
Stella (Bieniek) Pendergast was born in Rib Lake, Wisconsin on June 11, 1928 to Adam and Susan (Kuna) Bieniek. She married William "Bill" Pendergast on November 30, 1946.  Bill and Stella lived in many cities in Wisconsin during their marriage including Rib Lake, Medford, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Knowles. Minocqua, Lilly, and Shawano.  During their retirement years they traveled to Texas to avoid the Wisconsin winters. They spent 63 loving and happy years together until Bill's death in October 2009.  Following the death of Bill, Stella lived in Eagle River and in Goodyear, Arizona.

Stella was devoted to raising her family of four boys and four girls. Her children include, Dan Pendergast, Judy Pendergast, Kathy Klein, John Pendergast, Mark Pendergast, Carol Nelson, Dave Pendergast  and Kris VanNatta. She also leaves behind a legacy of twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Stella is survived by three sisters: Mary DeBruin, Eva Matheus (William), and Katherine Chase. She is preceded in death by one sister: Helen Surek and four brothers: Anton, Adam, John and Frank Bieniek.

Although she is gone from this world, she will always be in our hearts.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday July 7, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday morning at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at