I met Stella many years ago through Carlo.I remember how much fun Stella had at our wedding nearly 13 years ago.She came with her son Carlo.After the ceremony was over, I was standing in the entry way of the church.I felt a gentle "tug" and "tight squeeze" at my waist.Thinking it was one of my cute little nieces running around,I glanced below only to find "sweet Stella" giving me a big "bear hug" with the biggest grin & well wishes.It was a very special moment.She is missed.
Dear Carlo, My memories of your mom go back to 1958 when she first came from Italy. I remember, at that time, there was a very popular song on the radio by an Italian singer, Domenico Modugno. The song was Volare. Your mom thought it was really something that an Italian song was so popular in America. I learned to speak the "real" Italian language from your mom. Before I just heard dialect from my grandparents. Your mom wanted me to speak English more so she'd learn the language faster. But me being a young nine year old, I picked up Italian quickly. I remember her beautiful Christmas tree display. She'd make a scene under the tree using mirrors for water ponds with moss and lots of other things. It was put together with such detail and I loved looking at it. Your mom was kind to me, and a very good cook too. We had some good times in the old farmhouse before the freeway came through. I will always cherish those memories. Love, Jana
I met your parents at your USC graduation in 1996. I found them to be thoughtful, polite and proud of you. Your mother was a paragon of old school virtues. People like your mom are truly the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
Your mom was a special person. I remember first meeting her when you introduced us over twenty year ago -- amazingly, it seems like yesterday. What immediately stood out -- through her tough exterior -- was her integrity and high caliber character. I knew immediately that she could be trusted and that she was a force for good in the world. I liked her instantly -- which is an extremely rare response for any person. While she never mentioned it, I could tell she had been through some difficult times that shaped and strengthened her. God often does that, i.e., puts people through difficult experiences and uses those experiences to shape them and make them stronger to help execute His purpose. Your mom was one of those people. It is not what a person is given or starts out with that counts--rather, it is how they responds to the challenges and barriers in life that define what they are truly made of. My thoughts were confirmed by your write-up of your mom in the Seattle Times. I know that it is people like your mom (and dad) that built this country with blood, sweat and tears, and they will never be forgotten and that there efforts are continued. While we never discussed it verbally, your mom's spirit reflected that she understood God's plan, i.e., that He "gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. I hope and pray to see her again one day.
i met teresa over 35 years ago through her son carlo who iam proud to say is still one of my very true friend till this day. The one thing i remember the best about carlo's mother was when i would visit she always made me feel wecome in her home. She would also always ask how my mother was doing almost at every visit which made me feel good that she would take the time to ask me. She was a very caring person who tried to make everybody feel welcome in her home. I will miss that but i know she is in a better place which is with her husband. Rest in peace.
I met your dear mother about two months ago. My father-in-law lived at the East Hill Elder Care for a year. I became good friends with many of the residents,and staff. I still try to visit every week, and that's how I met Stella. She loved to talk, but sadly I can't understand Italian. She was always happy when people were visiting with her. I would show her pictures of gardens in the magazines I bring to the home. She had a special friend in Irene. They say Irene would sit in Stellas room to keep her company sometimes. I was so sad to learn of her passing, but so glad she is with the Lord now. I was amazed reading her life story everything she has endured. For the short time I knew her she always made me feel good when I left there. She always gave me a good smile,and said I could come back to visit. May God be with her in Heaven.
Carlo, I will always hold a special place in my heart for your mom. She was one of my favorites from the first time I met her. Sorry I won't be at the service, but know you are Stella's family will be in my thoughts.
Jill (Home Health Nurse)
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. I will remember you and your family in my prayers