Feb. 4, 1933-March 16, 2007
This is in loving memory of John Joseph Di Stefano, who passed away peacefully on March 16, 1007, at St. Louis University Hospital after a two-week battle with several ailments. John served his country for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and for 23 years as a U.S. Air Force Civil Servant. He served in combat in the Korean Conflict. He also served all over the world, from the United States to the Philippines to France to Italy and finally in Panama. He and his first wife La Rue of 46 years returned to Malden, Mo. in 1997 to retire. La Rue passed away in October of 1999 after many lingering illnesses.
After caring for La Rue for many years, John got involved in the community, beginning with becoming a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Malden. In December of 2000, he met and befriended Louellen (Fanny) Stockstill. They became involved with the American Legion and quickly became well-known for their outstanding service. You could find John and Fanny at the Legion every Friday night working with the bingo crowd, as well as many other Legion functions.
Over time, John and Fanny's friendship grew into more, and they decided to get married. On July 27, 2001, they were married at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Malden. Over the next several years, they made some wonderful memories together. They lived life to the fullest, always with service to the community in mind. John also was a member of the Elks club and the Disabled American Veterans.
John leaves many people behind who will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife Fanny and two sons and their families: John R. and Heather D. Stefano, of Sedgewickville, Mo., and Tony and Stephanie Di Stefano, of Orlando, Fla. He also is survived by four step-children and their families: Stacey and Debbie Stockstill, of Waynesville, Mo., Shawn and Mel Stockstill, of Clever, Mo., Stephen Stockstill, of Lebanon, Mo., and Mel Martin, of Martinsville, Ohio. He leaves behind nine adoring grandchildren: Lauren, Anthony, Matt, Zach, Ashley, Colby, Rob, Shawna and Chris.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., today, Tuesday, March 20, at the St. Ann's Catholic Church in Malden with Father Glenn Elfink officiating.
Burial was in the St. Teresa Cemetery at Glennonville, Mo.
Landess Funeral Home of Malden was in charge of arrangements.