Stella Firine Camputaro, of Hamden, died on February 27, 2018 at the Mary Wade Home with her daughters by her side. Born in New Haven March 16, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Theresa Mendillo Firine. She is survived by her daughters, Ann (Chip) Chieppo and Debra Camputaro, and grandson, Chris Camputaro. Though we are deeply saddened by our loss, we are comforted in knowing that she is now reunited in heaven with her husband, Nicholas; son, Nicky; daughter-in-law, Philomena, and granddaughter, Cole. Stella was also predeceased by sisters; Marjorie Conte, Jean Caccioppo, Madeline Falco, Rose Cimino, and Ann Grayson and brothers; Joseph and Charles Firine. It would take volumes to do justice to the life of this remarkably selfless woman, but like Stella herself, this will be short and sweet. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Her heart and home were open to all and her generosity knew no bounds. Stella was also a mother figure to many who had either lost their moms or lived a distance away from them, always available to listen and advise without being intrusive. She connected easily with children as she herself was so young at heart. Stella was stoic in the face of many family losses and gave strength to those of us who remained behind. In her later years she still had a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous grin, which will be greatly missed at the Mary Wade Home, where she resided for the last 6 years. Stella was a gift from God to those fortunate enough to be a part of her life. We would like to thank Doreen Mosko, Ron Bowen and Sharon Albone for their guidance and support. We would also like to thank the entire staff of the Mary Wade Home for their steadfast devotion to Stella’s comfort and well being. They went above and beyond in their compassionate care of mom and our family. Friends may visit with her family on Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at the BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM in St. Anthony’s Church, 70 Washington Avenue, New Haven, 06519. Burial will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park in New Haven. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Stella’s memory to the Mary Wade Cheer Fund, 118 Clinton Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513. “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men”

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  1. Ann and Deb, Thank you for sharing Stella with me. I will remember her smile and love of dancing!! Cherish your memories. Love you.

  2. Ann and Debbie – I am so sorry for your loss. I could see how very much you cared for your mother every time I visited my mother-in-law at Mary Wade. I was always so impressed by your gentleness with her and your dedication to her well-being.

  3. Ann and Debbie, I am sorry for the loss of Stella. When I think of Stella, what comes to mind right away is her smile, that made you smile right away, as I always wondered, so what is Stella up to, as that grin just radiated, leaving you wondering and smiling yourself and the way she pointed her finger. I will miss seeing the both of you every day as you all are part of our Mary Wade Family. Your devotion and love to Stella showed what a beautiful woman Stella is and the impact she had on your lives. From the Mary Wade Dietary Department, Love, Peace, and Happiness always, Laurene Ortowski

  4. Dear Ann and Debbie, your mom was blessed to have two exceptionally devoted daughters. I know in talking with you that she was also an exceptional mom. I send my sincere sympathy to you both. I will miss seeing you each Tuesday when I visit Gerda. Florence

  5. RIP Stella. Ann and Debbie you two were amazing and she lived as long as she did. Cherish all the good times you had with her. She made me and all of us here at Mary Wade laugh multiple times. Love you both Yota

  6. To Ann and Deb From the Callahan Family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences as we heard of the loss of your mother Stella. Thank you so much for the open display of kindness you both showed to us when my mom Louise first came to Mary Wade. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Stella taught you well as you both reached out to Pam and I so graciously; it really helped us cope when we needed it most making it all so bearable. We are glad that we will continue to see you both at the Mary Wade Home and look forward to your kindness, sense of humor, and ongoing suggestions as we visit our mom Louise. You both should be so proud of the devotion you displayed to Stella. I would have liked to have known her. God Bless her and all of your family in this time of sadness and also in celebrating her life. Sincerely, Kathleen Riccio and Pamela Callahan

  7. With our deepest condolences Ann and Deb our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. The Sarno family (Mike Sarno’s family from Mary Wade)

  8. Ann and Deb, you have been at your mother’s side through her days. I want to express my sympathy for your loss, but I am sure she is with you still. My thoughts are with you. Peace and healing, Lynda Barone (Stella Barone s daughter)

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