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Stella E. Penza (nee Giralo)

Stella E. Penza (nee Giralo), 88, of Hammonton, passed away peacefully Wednesday February 8, 2023 at her home with her family and friends by her side. Stella was born and raised in Hammonton and graduated from Hammonton High School in 1952. She was a woman of her faith, and a devout Catholic who served as a member of the Altar Rosary Society and volunteered for other committees at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church for many years. She also devoted much of her time doing volunteer work and serving on the auxiliary board at William B. Kessler Hospital. She enjoyed knitting, baking and the challenge of putting puzzles together with her best friend. She was always ready to meet up with her friends or family for a meal and never showed up empty handed. Always wanted to share a home made dessert or appetizer. She thoroughly enjoyed her independent living and her family and friends will miss her eagerness to socialize with them.

Stella is predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Penza; parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Caruso Giralo; and her twin brother, Anthony Giralo. Surviving are her two daughters, Sharon Reustle and her husband Albert of Hammonton and Sandra Greenbaum and her husband, Ron of Marlton. She will be sadly missed by her grandsons, David and Robert and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Mackenzie and Logan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday February 17, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Joseph Church, Third & French Streets, Hammonton. It will be preceded by a visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Donations may be made in Stella’s memory to St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, 226 French St., Hammonton, N.J. 08037 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 To share a condolence, please visit

Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home Inc.


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