Obituary of Stella “Sam” Newton – The Arizona Republic

Stella “Sam” Newton

Stella “Sam” Newton, 89, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2022 in Tempe, AZ. She was born on April 4, 1933 in Manistee, Michigan, to Mary Ludwa and John Hajec. Stella attended Lamont Township High School and graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursing School, Joliet, Illinois in 1954. Sam moved to AZ in 1961 and worked at Good Samaritan Hospital and the office of internist oncologist until in 1972, when she married her lover Louis “Lou.” They shared 46 wonderful years together, loved spending time with their family, traveled to every state in the United States and to many interesting places around the world.

She has been actively involved in many volunteer activities, including: Boy and Girl Scouts; the American Cancer Society; Visiting practical nurse; Maricopa State and County Physician’s Assistant; Good Samaritan Auxiliary, and was a member of the Phoenix Firebird Chapter of the Questers; Paradise Valley City Women’s Association; PEO Chapters AP and F, and enjoyed being involved in many groups and activities after moving to Friendship Village with Lou in 2010.

Sam is predeceased by her husband, Louis M. Newton; stepson, Jeffrey Newton; his sisters, Bernice Gibson, Dolores Bromberek, Josephine Fis; and his brother, John Hajec. Survivors include his son, Michael Soltwisch; daughters, Barbara Edens and Mary Holt; and stepchildren Andrew Newton, Beth Barber and Amy Miller. She loved and adored her 11 grandchildren and her 12 ¾ great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School, Phoenix.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Friendship Village Skrim Auditorium, 2625 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Friendship Village Foundation, 2625 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. Condolences may be expressed at

Posted on April 21, 2022

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