Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Sr. Mary Stella Aquilina, DC

Mary Stella Aquilina, age 80, died on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Seton
Residence in Evansville, Ind. She was born on January 14, 1930, in Detroit,
Mich. Sister Mary Stella was one of four daughters born to Joseph and Ellen
Mary (Portenier) Aquilina. She had completed a bachelor's in education at the
University of Detroit, before joining the Daughters of Charity on December 30,
1951. Her ministry as an elementary teacher began in January 1953 at Immaculate
Conception Academy in Cambridge, Mass. Sister Mary Stella also taught at
Nazareth Home, Boston, Mass.; Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg, Md.; and Our
Lady of Peace School, Canton, Ohio. In 1959, she earned a master's in
elementary education from Boston College. From August 1969-1997, she served as
elementary principal at the following schools: St. Thomas, Long Beach, Miss.;
St. Patrick, LaSalle, Ill.; St. Christine, Youngstown, Ohio; and St. James
Major, Prichard, Ala. Sister was also local superior for 25 years during that
time. Sister Mary Stella served as Development Director for St. James Major
School from August 1997- 2001. For the next four years, she was Catholic
Identity Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, in Mississippi.
Sister moved to Evansville in September 2005, to become a volunteer at St.
Vincent Day Care Center. She became a receptionist at Mater Dei Provincialate
in 2009. Sister Mary Stella is survived by her sisters, Theresa (Dan) Bauer,
Royal Oak, Mich.; Jessie Giszczak, Madison Heights, Mich.; and Rita (Tom)
Kraniak, Troy, Mich.; nieces and nephews; her Sisters in Community and many