Stella Lucille Provenzano (Age 89)
Of Fairfax, VA passed away peacefully on November 24, 2012. Friends may call at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA on Friday, November 30th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 7401 St. Michael's Lane, Annandale, VA on Saturday, December 1st at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow at Fairfax Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa.org or the National Symphony Orchestra, www.kennedy-center.org/nso.
Stella Stuccio Provenzano was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania to Mary and Jerome Stuccio, immigrants from Reggio Calabria. She graduated from Pittston High School and moved to Buffalo New York during the Second World War to work as a riveter in the Curtiss-Wright Corporation aircraft factory. During the war she decided to begin a career in nursing and enrolled as a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at Pittston Hospital. As a graduate nurse after the war, she worked first in Pittston as a private duty nurse and a hospital nurse and then moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked in several hospitals, including George Washington University Hospital.
In 1952 she married Dr. Joseph A. Provenzano, also a native of Pittston and a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. The couple moved to Philadelphia while Dr. Provenzano was completing his residency at Jefferson Medical College. During that time, Stella worked as an operating room nurse at Women's Medical College in Philadelphia.
The couple later returned to the Washington area and eventually moved to Annandale, Virginia where Dr. Provenzano opened his medical practice and Stella left nursing to raise her family. After Dr. Provenzano's death in 1974, Stella returned to nursing, first in a private office and then finally at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital, where she worked until her retirement in 1991.
Stella moved to Fairfax City after retiring and spent time volunteering at the Kennedy Center, the Salvation Army in Washington, D.C. and with the National Symphony Orchestra Women's Committee, where she particularly enjoyed working on the Decorator's Show Houses each year. She enjoyed the symphony and the opera and attended both regularly. Stella was a long-time member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale and was later a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax.
She leaves behind a brother, Frank Stuccio of Pittston, PA; her son Gaetano and daughter Mary Josephine of Fairfax; son Jerome and his wife Kristina of Seaford, Virginia; son Joseph and his wife Sandra Lee of Annandale; and her youngest son, Michael of Arlington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Provenzano; by her sisters, Mary Skelton and Rose Stuccio, and by her brother, Dominic Stuccio. Stella was 89 years of age at the time of her death.
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