JOSEPH STELLA – in Woburn, Saturday, May 16th. Beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (Cail) Stella. Devoted father of Joseph P. Joe Stella and his wife Karen of NV and Richard J. Ricky Stella and his wife Kathleen of Woburn. Dear brother of the late Mary Bastolla, Benjemano Benny and Louis Stella. Cherished grandfather of Debbie Miller and her husband Rick of AZ, Cindy Stella of NV, Lori Scalesse and her husband Eric, Annie Crowell and her husband Alan, all of Woburn, and Scott Stella and his wife Vanessa of Winthrop, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A Graveside Service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Veterans’ Lot, Woburn on Thursday, May 21st at Noon. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that remembrances may be made in Joes memory to the charity of your choice.
Joseph Jstar Stella passed away at the Winchester Hospital Saturday morning, May 17th. The beloved husband of Elizabeth A. Betty (Cail) Stella, he was ninety years of age.
Born in Woburn, he was the son of Sicilian immigrants Josepha and Palma (Russo) Stella. Raised in Woburn, Joe attended elementary and junior high school and then went on to Somerville Technical School in Somerville where he graduated from in 1943. Joe enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served aboard the USS Seer. This particular ship and all in its fleet were made of wood. This mine sweeping unit had been in Normandy and all across the European Theatre. One of their missions was torpedoed and men were lost. On his safe return to the States, Joe was decorated with the Purple Heart Medal.
Upon return from the service, Jstar married his longtime sweetheart Betty Cail. Together they journeyed over the next sixty-nine years together, bringing two sons into the world.
He was devoted to his wife and children. They were raised in the South End of the city and that was where they made their home. Joe was actively involved with his sons activities. Driving groups of kids to their basketball, baseball and football games, staying for the games, and then giving them all a ride home was parental participation at its best!
JStar began working in the Post Office in Woburn after having attended New England Aircraft School. As there were no jobs in the aviation field at that time, Joe stayed with the Post Office serving in Woburn and later retiring as Traffic Manager of the Burlington Post Office. The Stellas moved to Arizona in the eighties where they remained for nineteen years. There they established a wonderful group of friends, but when November came, home they would come! Spending the holidays at home with their children and grandchildren was truly the greatest gift of all, for everyone. Grandpa Joe would get all caught up on his grandchildren and partake in any and all of the activities. He had a very special relationship with each of his five grandchildren. Grandpa Joe has also had the distinct pleasure of knowing all nine of his great-grandchildren, with whom he has shared many happy gatherings over the years.
A very happy man, he and his wife Betty loved to dance and that they did over the years. Having moved back to Woburn a good number of years ago, he and Betty have remained very active in the comings and goings of all the senior activities. Quite the cook, JStar was into making some spectacular Sicilian dishes, but he always felt that as a result of his wifes cooking, he has remained one very happy man throughout his lifetime!
Love for family and country were synonymous with JStar. His love, kindness and respect shown to all will be long remembered.
JStar was a proud member of the DAV, VFW and Towanda Clubs of Woburn.
Joe was sadly predeceased by his siblings, Mary Bastolla, Benjemano Benny and Louis Stella.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Betty; his sons, Joseph P. Joe Stella and his wife Karen of NV and Richard J. Ricky Stella and his wife Kathleen of Woburn; his grandchildren, Debbie Miller of AZ, Cindy Stella of NV, Lori Scalesse and her husband Eric, Annie Crowell and her husband Alan, all of Woburn, and Scott Stella and his wife Vanessa of Winthrop; his nine great-grandchildren; and his two great-great-grandchildren.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Veterans Lot, Woburn on Thursday, May 21st at Noon. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that remembrances may be made in Joes memory to the charity of your choice.