Celebrating the life of Stella Rice
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Born Maria Stella Giallo on January 20, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the first child of Giuseppe and Leonora Giallo of Castellemare Di Golfo, Italy, and grew up in Endicott, NY. Stella always had a thirst for knowledge and, at a time when girls were not expected to attend school, had to fight with her father for that opportunity to attend high school. Without his knowledge, Stella applied and was accepted to Hunter College; however, she was denied the opportunity to attend. Stella cherished opportunities to attend college and still managed to earn some college credits later in life. Stella, graduating from Union Endicott High School in 1939, and securing a job in the business office of the Endicott Johnson Shoe Company. She later worked for years as a Purchasing Manager at the Middletown Psychiatric Center.
Her life was not without its ups and downs. At the age of 19 Stella lost her first husband to illness after only 3 months of marriage. With her second husband, she had her three sons. Her third husband, Albin Rice, the love of her life, died after only 8 years of marriage, leaving Stella a widow at that age of 49. She would never marry again.
Stella was predeceased by her husband Albin, sisters Grace and Rose, and is survived by her sons John, Joseph and Peter, her daughter-in-laws Alice, Lucia and Karen, grandchildren John, Stephen, Nina, Stefanie, Rebecca, and William, and 8 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at 9 am Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 149 Cottage Street, Middletown NY, 10940.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in Stella’s memory to Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Rosemary, in care of Marion Barden, St. Josephs Church 149 Cottage St., Middletown NY.
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130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940
149 Cottage Street
Middletown, NY 10940