Stella was born on February 23, 1921, in East Boston, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Bellafato) Lapenna. At the age of 5, Stella moved to the North End of Boston, where she was raised and educated.
Stella married “her sweetheart” Domenic H. Toto in 1941; the couple lived in the North End of Boston before moving to Wilmington in 1960. Stella loved her home in Wilmington, she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. Stella was an avid gardener who tended to large vegetable gardens in her yard; she loved to work outside and enjoy the sun.
For many years, Stella was active in the housing at Deming Way and she always enjoyed a good game of Bingo with her friends.
Stella was a quiet lady, she led a simple life but could always find humor in every situation. Stella cherished the time spent with her family and friends; she loved them with all her heart and they will truly miss her.
Stella was the beloved wife of the late Domenic H. Toto, devoted mother of Joseph M. Toto and Michael Toto & his wife Donna all of Wilmington. Loving “Mimi” of Michelle Toto of Nashua, NH, Joseph M. Toto, Jr. & his wife Susan of East Yarmouth, Rebecca Caples of Wilmington, Stephen Barresi & his wife Daniela of Watertown, David Barresi & his wife Renay of Wilmington. “Great-Mimi” of Domenic, David, and Stella Caples, Katy, Domenic, and Sarah Toto, Ava and Mia Barresi, Stefano and Bianca Barresi. Dear daughter of the late Michael and Mary Lapenna, sister of the late Sara Lauretano, Anthony, Joseph, and Charlie Lapenna. Stella is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends gathered for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Stella’s memory may be made to Woodbriar of Wilmington, Patient Fund, 90 West Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.