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Louise R Stella


Louise R. Stella, 95 years old, passed away peacefully surrounded by family.  She was the beloved daughter of Fred and Giulia Stella, and inseparable sister of the late Anne M. Randell. “Zia” as she was known to her nieces and nephew, the late Mimi Randell Levine (Jeff, m. Pam Matsch), David Randell (Cindy), and Sara Randell Riley (Greg) was adored by her great-nieces and nephews: Gina Randell, JD Randell, Mia Randell, Joseph Levine, Olivia Randell, Gregory Riley, and Josh Randell.  Louise was born in Lyons, IL and grew up during the Great Depression.  She was recognized as a leader at Nazareth Academy and continued to organize Class of 1944 reunions well into her 80s.  Upon graduation she began working in the insurance industry, eventually becoming the first woman “special agent” for Fireman’s Fund.  She joined the National Association of Insurance Women and served in leadership roles, and was President of the I.D.E.A.  Her remarkable success drew the attention of local media and she was featured on a radio interview to discuss her trailblazing career.  She was an avid golfer and enjoyed outdoor activities and gardening. She was always eager to take her young nieces and nephew ice skating, bowling, and bike riding.  Following her retirement, she was an indefatigable volunteer at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills where her family has worshipped for over 60 years.  “Zia” had a gift for soothing babies and a way with children that engendered the devotion of her great-nieces and nephews who loved coming to “Nonna and Zia’s” house for sleepovers, meals, and games.  She was a devoted and loyal companion who never lost contact with childhood classmates, insurance industry colleagues, neighbors, or friends.  She was fluent in Italian and kept in touch with extended family overseas. She shared her love of the language with the children in her family, who learned phrases of affection, songs, and nursery rhymes from her.  She will be mourned by all those whose lives she touched. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 1pm at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park,

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Funeral Mass
December 10, 2022

1:00 PM
Notre Dame Church (Norfolk Avenue, Clarendon Hills, Illinois)
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