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Mario A. Stella - 74

2/8/1946 - 1/8/2021

Munster, Indiana

Mario A. Stella. Age 74. Munster, Indiana resident formerly of Indianapolis, Peoria, Berwyn and Chicago’s Roseland Neighborhood. Came to America in 1946 as an infant with his family from Naples, Italy. Graduate of Fenger High School. Graduate of University of Illinois Champaign received a Bachelors and Master Degree in Engineering. United States Air Force Veteran. Worked for the Illinois EPA, Zenith Corporation and Raybestos where he retired as Vice President of Sales. Husband for 47 years of Patricia nee Pawelski. Father of Richard (Tracy) and Daniel (Amanda) Stella. Grandfather of Adrianna and Ava Stella. Son of the late Tina Marie nee Bisanti and Anthony Stella. Brother of Lillian, Dennis (Gail Wrzaskowski) and Anthony (Lisa) Stella. Uncle and friend of many. Mario enjoyed photography, biking and running. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th St (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Tuesday January 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm until time of funeral services 8:00 pm. Future inurnment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mario's name to Mulitple Myeloma Research Foundation at would be appreciated by the Stella family. Due to the pandemic, 10 people at a time during the vistitation, masks must be worn and social distancing when inside the funeral home. Info 708-481-9230 and


  • Sandi Pastor Riegler

    on 01/09/21

    My sincere condolences to Pat and the Stella family.  I went to Fenger with Mario and he was such a great classmate.  His sense of humor was catching, his smile was worth a million dollars plus. But most of all, he was a gentleman and in high school, that's saying a lot.  Mario was a friend to all.  It was truly a pleasure to see him at almost all of our January 1964 graduating class' reunions.  Rest in Peace dear classmate.  I will see you on the other side.  



  • Tom Wagner

    on 01/09/21

    I echo Sandi Pastor's comments. Mario was such a "positive" person. Always upbeat. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Future reunions will be different without him. Rest in peace, brother.
  • Randy Ferrari

    on 01/10/21

    The comments of my classmates Sandi and Tom are spot on.

    May the peace of Christ be with Mario and his loved ones.




    on 01/11/21

    I share my classmates comments. I am honored and blessed to have known Mario.  He was a great friend.  

    May GOD give him Eternal Rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain.

  • Mark & Joann Bucaro & Family

    on 01/13/21

    Our sincere condolences to you Rich and your family. Our Prayers are with you and your entire family daily. May our Lord Jesus Christ Bless, comfort and  give you strength during this time. Feel free to reach out to me anytime to talk. 

    Mark, Joann & Mark Jr.


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