Louis “Chickie” Stella; Beloved Husband of Jo Ellen Stella nee Tomasetti; Devoted father of Gina Stella (Kevin) and Joseph (Patricia); Loving son of Joseph and Violet nee De Luca (both deceased); Dear brother of Ronald Stella (deceased); Dear grandfather of Joseph Spilotros (Fatima), Nicholas Spilotros (Christina), Santino “Sonny” Spilotros (Juliana Crocilla), Luca Stella and Sofia Stella; Dear great-grandfather of Massimo Mele, Joseph Spilotros, Nikka Spilotros, Isabella Spilotros, Grace Stella, Nevayah Stella, Todd Stella, Carley Stella and Emma Polo; Dear brother-in-law of John (Rose) Tomasetti, Michael (Arlene) Tomasetti and Robert (Michelina) Tomasetti; Dear uncle of Many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Funeral 1/14/21 at Salerno’s Rosedale with interment at Mt. Carmel (Queen of Heaven). A native of Chicago’s Taylor Street neighborhood, Chickie Stella was a singer and an entertainer loved by many. He started singing in the 50s with a Doo-wop group called the Taylor Brothers, and later found success with musical groups The Chicago Fire and The Neighborhood. Always his first passion, his singing career was set aside so he could be close to home and raise a family. He became a small business owner in the restaurant/bar industry with businesses such as Chickie’s in the Circle, Baciami Café, Rossini’s Great Italian, and the well-known Café Lucci in Glenview.
Chickie leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Jo Ellen (Tomasetti), two children, Gina (Kevin) and Joseph (Patti), six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His laugh and smile were infectious, and his spirit would light up a room.