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Stella Pauline Monteggia


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Stella Pauline Monteggia

Tulare - Stella Monteggia passed away at the age of 98 on April 18, 2018. She was born in 1919 to Guiseppi and Anna Lerda on their rural Tulare ranch and was a life long Tulare/Tipton resident. She attended the historic Surprise School and would often tell stories about the adventures she and her sister had riding their ponies to school. She married Charles Monteggia from Porterville in 1940 and they made their home in Tipton. Stella worked for a short time as a restaurant cook but was recruited by Mr. Linder in 1940 to work at the Linder's Tipton store which was later sold and became Tipton Mercantile. From sales clerk to manager of the dry goods and clothing department her career spanned 40 years. The store was home, family and friends until its closing in 1980. Stella was also a member of the altar society and long time organist for St. John's Catholic Church in Tipton. There were numerous days singing could be heard coming from the choir practicing at her home. Her passion for a short time was sewing but always and forever cooking, her pasta sauce and lasagna will always be appreciated and remembered. And, last but not the least of her passions— She had love and compassion for lost and abused dogs and provided a second chance and loving home to all those who wandered into her life. Stella will be sorely missed for her vim vigor and spark. Stella is preceded In death by her husband Charles, brothers Joe and Frank Lerda and sisters Theresa and Mary (Lerda) Pech. She is survived by nephews Dennis Lerda and John (Leslie) Pech and nieces Pam (Gene) Bogle and Sharon Schmid plus grand nephews Christopher, Erik, and John.

Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Tipton, with burial at Tulare District Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Miller's Tulare Funeral Home.
Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on May 15, 2018
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