On April 7 th , 2020, we lost our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Stella Marie Cena. Stella was born on March 23 rd , 1937 to Carlo and Collette Dacchille in Brooklyn where she was raised. Stella always cherished her Brooklyn heritage as well as her time working for the FBI, where she met her lifelong friend, Marion Burgess (Ahearn).
She married her husband Pasquale Cena on June 9 th , 1962 with whom she’s had 4 children and later 3 grandchildren. She lived her whole life in Brooklyn. An avid reader, Stella had a particular fondness for the works of Charles Dickens, especially “A Christmas Carol.” She loved reading it every holiday season and watching the myriad movie versions of it. Christmas and all its traditions were very dear to her.
Her love of music prompted her to learn the guitar and sing in the church choir. Stella loved gardening and exercised her green thumb by keeping various African Violets throughout the house. Stella is survived by her husband Pat, and her children; Stephen, Carl, Anthony; Annmarie. She will be fondly remembered by her daughters-in-law; Bridget, Cathy; Janene as well as her grandchildren; Patrick, Nicole; Annabella. Stella’s loss will be grieved by her extended family and friends with whom she shared a very unique closeness.