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“Ho avuto l'onore di conoscere un gran uomo i suoi consigli mi hanno guidato fino qui Grazie Frank ”
1 of 70 | Posted by: Alessandro Marrone - Arezzo

“I was fortunate to get to know Frank personally over the past 5-6 years. Prior to my first introduction, I knew him only through his many activities...Read More »
2 of 70 | Posted by: Bill Hidde - Las Vegas, NV

“It has been my honor to know Mr. Stella. He served on our Board and was a great supporter to all of us. We were known as The Three Italians, along...Read More »
3 of 70 | Posted by: Karen Murphy - Friend

“Dear Stella Family, We met Frank through my sister Albertina and we loved him as a relative. He is so Italian like us and kind,sweet,sincere,funny...Read More »
4 of 70 | Posted by: Maria Simone Gabriele

“Thoughts and prayers for the whole Stella family. May God be with you at this time. ”
5 of 70 | Posted by: Kathie Schenden Nihls - Cheboygan, MI

“Frank was a great supporter of Italian young adult organizations and the Italian Communittee at large. I would get calls from Italy and Washington...Read More »
6 of 70 | Posted by: Delia Rodi-Barczys - Birmingham, MI

“I have been Consul general of Italy in Miami twice, and in both occasions I had the pleasure and the privilege to meet Frank Stella. I was impressed...Read More »
7 of 70 | Posted by: Marco Rocca - Miami, FL

“My sincere condolences to Bill Stella and his entire family, some of whom I met during my years at the University of Detroit. Mr. Stella impressed...Read More »
8 of 70 | Posted by: Fred Thomas Matica - Vancouver, WA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stella family! Frank was a good man to our family! ”
9 of 70 | Posted by: Marty Blazo - Canton, MI

“I know that Uncle Frank will know why I was not there to honor him at his memorial, he also knows that I was there in my heart and in my prayers and...Read More »
10 of 70 | Posted by: Sandra Bartecchi-Garcia - CA

“We were so sorry to learn of Frank's passing. We have been friends for many years & in the same social and benefit circles and events. Frank was...Read More »
11 of 70 | Posted by: Dr. Donald & Dale Austin - MI

“Dear Stella Family, Our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a very loving and deeply...Read More »
12 of 70 | Posted by: Chris and Diana Ruzzin - MI

“Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. He lead a beautiful life and was an amazing example to all that knew him. Our...Read More »
13 of 70 | Posted by: Dawna Daugherty - Simpsonville, SC

“Larry Voight and I along with all of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County wish to express our condolences to Lynn and Phil and the entire...Read More »
14 of 70 | Posted by: Jan Wisniewski - Ann Arbor, MI

“Dear Stella Family-- My deepest sympathy on the loss of a great man. He was my friend and a friend to many all over the world. I will always be...Read More »
15 of 70 | Posted by: Judge Linda Hallmark - Pontiac, MI

“Mr. Stella was a great sincere man with tons of character! I had the pleasure of meeting him back in 2003,When he won the distinguished gentleman...Read More »
16 of 70 | Posted by: P - Royal Oak, MI

“So sorry to hear of your loss. He must have been bigger than life, I wish I could have met him. ”
17 of 70 | Posted by: Debra Frick - Grand Blanc, MI

“Dear Stella Family, and especially Dante, Olga, + Danny, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Grandpa Stella. I loved all the stories you used to...Read More »
18 of 70 | Posted by: Kim Robinson - Reno, NV

“Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear father/grandfather. I knew Mr. Stella and his wife first as a high-school student and...Read More »
19 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Ellen (Bozynski) Hernandez - MI

“I"m very sorry to hear of your fathers passing, he was a very dynamic man as I recall. God bless you and your family. ”
20 of 70 | Posted by: Judy Fitzpatrick - MI

“I'm sending my condolences to the Stella family for the passing of their Father and a Friend. I grew up with the Stella family and worked under Frank...Read More »
21 of 70 | Posted by: Kenneth Renaud - Plymouth, MI

“Dear Stella Family, I am deeply saddened by Franks death, I went to school with his nephew, Mike Stella and I admired and loved Andy & Pearl Stella...Read More »
22 of 70 | Posted by: Charlie Raffoul - St Clair Shores, MI

“My prayers go out to the Stella family. Frank was a mentor, friend and someone who always had time to offer kind words of encouragement. He was a...Read More »
23 of 70 | Posted by: Joseph Licavoli - MI

“Frank Stella was one of the finest human beings I have ever known. Frank was a mentor to me in so many ways. Most of all because of the leadership...Read More »
24 of 70 | Posted by: robert blancato - Arlington, VA

“To the Stella family Frank had such a giving heart. His charitable causes were without limit. Because of Frank my husband, Louis and I joined the...Read More »
25 of 70 | Posted by: Elaine Fontana - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“We extend our sincere sympathy to all of the family of Frank Stella (our former neighbor) and most especially to Mary Anne and Kaethe. Frank was a...Read More »
26 of 70 | Posted by: Bev & Reg Ciokajlo - Ann Arbor, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stella family. Frank will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our deepest sympathy, ”
27 of 70 | Posted by: Dennis and Linda Siriani - MI

“My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Stella family on the loss of our dear Frank. God bless his soul and bless all of you. We will keep him and...Read More »
28 of 70 | Posted by: Nabby Yono - W. Bloomfield, MI

“To all the Stella Family Lynn and I would like to offer our sincere condolences on the news of your father's passing. He was an exceptional man...Read More »
29 of 70 | Posted by: David & Lynn McWilliams - SC

“May God be with you, rest in peace ”
30 of 70 | Posted by: TEAMER FINANCIAL SERVICE AGENCY - MI

“He saw what all of us see...the difference was that Mr. Stella acted; generously, effectively and with compassion. I could not learn enough from...Read More »
31 of 70 | Posted by: JUANITA ALTOBELLI - Royal Oak, MI

“A great man who will be truly missed by all who have had the honor to know him. Frank's many acts of kindness will live on forever. ”
32 of 70 | Posted by: Roger Fachini, Charity Music Inc - MI

“You have my deepest sympathy ”
33 of 70 | Posted by: Rubye Davis - Detroit, MI

“My family and I, who have had the pleasure to come to know the intelligent elegance and the uncommon philanthropy of Frank, grieve over his death and...Read More »
34 of 70 | Posted by: Giuseppe Santavicca - Rome

“The world without Frank Stella.......simply unimaginable. He was a man like no other. My heart is heavy and sad as I think about such a profound...Read More »
35 of 70 | Posted by: Albertina Simone - MI

“Our deepest thoughs to Franks family. Ruth & Paul Chiapparone NIAF ”
36 of 70 | Posted by: Ruth & Paul Chiapparone - FL

“To Jim & Lisa and the Stella Family Our very deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. We did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Stella....Read More »
37 of 70 | Posted by: Fred & Barbara Pawlusiak - MI

“Sincere sympathy to the family of this very special man. ”
38 of 70 | Posted by: Linda Leddick - Detroit, MI

“Myself , the Stoddard Family and all the employees of Michigan National Bank who worked with Frank wish to express our condolences to the family over...Read More »
39 of 70 | Posted by: Stanford C. Stoddard - Southfield, MI

“My sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your father. I remember fondly the years I spent with your family. ”
40 of 70 | Posted by: Kathy (Ward) Ryan - Livonia, MI

“We join in celebrating our beloved friend Frank Stella's extraordinary life and unsurpassed contributions to Michigan and America. A man of...Read More »
41 of 70 | Posted by: Kent & Robin Barry - MI

“Mr. Stella, you were truly sent by God, thank you for all your sweet and thoughtful things you did for The Calvary Baptist church, we will always be...Read More »
42 of 70 | Posted by: LaDell Mobley/Mobley Group Inc - MI

“My prayers are with you and may the grace of God be with you during this time. ”
43 of 70 | Posted by: Lecta M. Stewart - Detroit, MI

“Frank over the years has done so much for so many. Even his Christmas card was a contribution to charity in the name of the recipient. He was a...Read More »
44 of 70 | Posted by: Patricia and Bruce Harrison - DC

“Frank was born to greatness and he made his own destiny. His presence will be solely missed but his formidable spirit and legacy are alive. Our...Read More »
45 of 70 | Posted by: Barb and Jack Hughes - MI

“Always will be in my heart, with all my prayers to you and your family. God Bless ”
46 of 70 | Posted by: Sheila Wikaryasz - Detroit, MI

“I have known Frank Stella since I was very young I can truly say he has had a major impact on my life. He was larger than life and accomplished...Read More »
47 of 70 | Posted by: John De Lorenzo - REDFORD, MI

“thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
48 of 70 | Posted by: mary harkness - MI

“I have many fond memories of Frank, including his friendship, kindness and his freely sharing his of his time, support, and his wisdom. One in...Read More »
49 of 70 | Posted by: Emmanuel Biundo - Southlake, TX

“May God continue to bless the family at this time. Mr. Stella will always be remember as a great man and was good for the City of Detroit. ”
50 of 70 | Posted by: Lillian A. Payne - Southfield, MI

“Dear Stella Family, We are very sad to hear of the loss of such an extraordinary individual, Frank Stella. We are quite sure that for all of...Read More »
51 of 70 | Posted by: Kate, Mark, Giovanna & AidanTrafeli - MI

“May he rest in peace. Years ago, Frank and I we had several discussions about Christoffer Columbus. Even though he was an Italian (Genoa) citizen, he...Read More »
52 of 70 | Posted by: george d. papageorgiou - FL

“I have lost a friend and a coach. Frank will always be in my heart and mind. Thank you for all you have done for us Italians. May you rest in peace...Read More »
53 of 70 | Posted by: Mario Daniele - Rochester, NY

“Mr. Frank D. Stella was a great supporter of young adults in the Italian-American community - we were incredibly fortunate to have him right here in...Read More »
54 of 70 | Posted by: Lisa Bica Grodsky - Troy, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss, please accept our condolences. It's clear that many people enjoyed his company, and countless others benefited from...Read More »
55 of 70 | Posted by: Mike Hernandez - Chicago, IL

“I was very sad to hear of Mr. Stella's passing. He was in business with my father, many years ago. I remember sitting in his office, as a young...Read More »
56 of 70 | Posted by: Andrew Hatzilias - MI

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Mohammed S Ogaily, MD ”
57 of 70 | Posted by: Mohammed S Ogaily, MD - MI

“I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Stella. I will always remember his warm, giving and sharing ministry. Our prayers goes with him and...Read More »
58 of 70 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Sandra A. Fox - MI

“To the family of Mr. Frank Stella.It is pleasant to remember your father and the kindness' he shared with young business folk as I,when I met him...Read More »
59 of 70 | Posted by: Carolyn Brooks - Detroit, MI

“Mr. Stella, My father served with you on the Board Of Directors @ the DAC. He always spoke very highly of your incredible passion for everyone else !...Read More »
60 of 70 | Posted by: Paul J. Pulte - Berkley, MI

“My prayers and condolences go out to the Stella family at this your hour of grief.Thanks for lending Frank to the entire Detroit community both young...Read More »
61 of 70 | Posted by: Nathaniel Edwards - ypsilanti, MI

“I'll always remember you Frank. Rest in Peace ”
62 of 70 | Posted by: Robert Mazzella - Roseville, MI

“My prayers and heart felt sorrow goes out to the family. I will never forget Frank D. Stella, Like a Father to me, but yet a very, very good friend....Read More »
63 of 70 | Posted by: Candace McDonald - Southfield, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing - we have lost a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved him, ”
64 of 70 | Posted by: Carla Kennedy - Royal Oak, MI

“To the family of Frank Stella, He was a class act and man of great faith and action. His advice was invaluable as it was wise. I was glad to...Read More »
65 of 70 | Posted by: Daniel B. Burns - Birmingham, MI

“I'm was so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I've heard so many nice things about him from Kaethe. We gave Frank my mom's Alternating Pressure Pad...Read More »
66 of 70 | Posted by: Debra Bush - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“My deepest sympathies go out to the Stella Family. Frank was a great man and will be missed very much! ”
67 of 70 | Posted by: Chris Boback - Garden City, MI

“Dear Family of Mr. Frank D. Stella_ I am at a loss for words. He was the most forthright person I have ever met. Frank's spirit was larger than...Read More »
68 of 70 | Posted by: May Najem - Bloomfield Hills, , MI

“I fondly remember Frank during the time I worked for CBSI and "taught" Frank to use a computer. What great stories he would tell. My deepest...Read More »
69 of 70 | Posted by: Denise Latin - Novi, MI

“Le persone come Frank non muoiono per sempre, solo si allontanano. Sentiremo la sua mancanza e sara' sempre nel nostro cuore. Condoglianze da...Read More »
70 of 70 | Posted by: Lino Scamardella - Clinton Twp, MI


Entrepreneur, supporter of education, healthcare, business, community and church leader are all terms that could easily describe Frank D. Stella. He was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the F.D. Stella Products Company, Detroit, designers and distributors of food service and dining equipment. He was also the Chairman and CEO of Stella International, New York, a consulting joint venture and importing firm, Chairman of U.S. Coking and a member of the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Realty Corp., Director and Director Emeritus of Covansys. An alumnus of the University of Detroit College of Commerce and Finance 1941, Frank devoted his life to the betterment of others. His biography reads like an encyclopedia of achievements, awards and honors earned in serving the greater good. Frank has served as a Board Member for many medical and educational institutions including the University of Detroit Mercy for over 24 years, Wayne Community College Foundation, Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, Detroit Round Table, Detroit Urban League, Rehabilitation Institute Center for Independent Living, Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan and Vice Chairman of Grace Hospital, Detroit Medical Center Board of Directors and Chairman of the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Frank held seats on the boards of numerous civic, business and educational organizations and received numerous awards and honors for his commitment and dedication. His political achievements include numerous chairs within the National Republican Committee as well as being an appointee of five presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Bush. He was decorated by the government of Italy three times and received its highest decoration "Grand Ufficiale". Frank also received several honorary degrees from many colleges here and in Italy. He was the 1995 recipient of the George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism and in 1997 he was selected as Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News. Throughout his life Frank was the recipient of numerous awards from many civic and religious organizations. Frank was drafted into the Army during WWII, attended Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach, FL and was honorably discharged in 1958 as a Major in the Army Air Force. Amongst all of his vast accomplishments, his greatest achievement was his large and loving family. Married 53 years to the love of his life, Martha Yetzer, together they raised seven children. His family grew to include 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A devout man of faith, his unwavering faith and love of God was the guiding force in his life and permeated all that he achieved. Throughout his 91 years his guiding principle was to make a difference in the lives of others - and that he did. He was loved and will be missed by many. Beloved husband of the late Martha T. Dear father of Mary Anne, William J. (Dianne), Philip J. M.D. (Lynn), Marsha Lawrence, James C. (Lisa), Stephen P. (Anne) and the late Daniel F. (Kaethe). Also survived by 17 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and brothers Henry and Joseph. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Rd. (btwn Maple & Big Beaver), Wednesday 5-8p.m. and Thursday 2-8p.m. Rosary Thursday 7p.m. Funeral Mass Friday 11a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, 8201 W. Outer Drive, Detroit. Visitation at church begins 10a.m. In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial tributes to: Michigan Opera Theatre 1526 Broadway Detroit, MI 48226 P.I.M.E. Missionaries 17330 Quincy Detroit, MI 48221 Polycystic Kidney Foundation (PKD Foundation), 8330 Ward Pkwy Ste 510 Kansas City, MO 64117-2000 Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Office of Development 261 Mack Ave. Room 808 Detroit, MI 48201 University of Detroit Mercy Advancement Office 4001 W. McNichols Detroit, MI 48221

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