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Maria Stella Battista
Viewing: July 23, 2017 (Sunday) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: July 24, 2017 (Monday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Rd., Gaithersburg, MD

Maria Stella Valentino Battista, 100, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Stella, as she was commonly known, was born in 1916 in Calabria, Italy, to the late Maria and Giuseppe Valentino. In 1952, Stella married the love of her life, Patsy Battista. Together they raised two daughters and shared 52 wonderful years. Stella was a devoted wife and mother who always put her family first. In her later years, one of her greatest joys was visiting with her great nieces and nephews. Stella was a talented seamstress who loved to garden and travel. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Loving mother of Mary Teresa Battista and Rita Battista (Jane); beloved sister of Roc Valentino (Janice); and devoted aunt and friend to many more.

Friends and family are welcome to visit on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10:00 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD, with entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.

All are invited to celebrate Stella’s life at a reception to be held from 1-4 PM at Asbury Methodist Village, Hefner Building, 417 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stella’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation ( or the American Cancer Society (

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