Stella Stephanie Linne, 85, of Elgin, gracefully passed away in her home on June 9, 2020.  Stella was born in Chicago on May 8, 1935 to Edward and Angeline Rybacki (Nowaczewski).

Stella graduated from Gage Park High School in Chicago. She shared ten years of marriage with Dick Linne, until his passing from Lung cancer in 1990.

Stella will be sorely missed as she was like no other; her intense love of life and her fiery personality just made her a joy to be around. She took the matriarch position of her family very seriously as she was the head of the family for several decades, her family was her life. There is just so much one can say about this amazing soul.

Stella will be welcomed by her husband Richard Linne, and her two brothers Daniel and Donald Kobylarz.

Stella leaves behind her children, Gary Rybakowski, Gwen (Jesse) Flores, Robert (Lora) Rybakowski, and Roy Rybakowski; siblings Doris (John) Scudder, Diane Oster, Donna Jean (Rich) Vanoni; grandchildren Michele Rybakowski, Renee (Nick) Harvey, J.J. Flores, Leah (Aaron) Bollinger, Robby Rybakowski and Adam Rybakowski;  great-granddaughter, Hadley Harvey, who she lovingly referred to her as “Paczki Face,” and countless other family members.

Memorial visitation will be 1:00pm. until time of Memorial Service at 4:00p.m. Saturday July 11, 2020 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120.  Interment will be private at River Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Stella’s name to Feeding America to help her legacy live on.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information call (847)741-1128 or visit

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