Yolanda M. Stellaccio (née Bertoncini) was born in New York City in September of 1923. She grew up in a loving home with her mother and father, and two brothers. She was the delight of the entire family and was given the nickname “Cookie” because she was so sweet. Throughout her life this is how people fondly would think of her.
Upon graduating high school and secretarial school she became a secretary at Combustion Engineering and was very proud of her time spent working there for a top executive.
Yolanda met her husband, Frank, at the Coney Island Baths at the age of 14 after he pushed her into the pool to which her brothers responded in kind. Many years passed before they would connect again. While Frank was serving overseas, happenstance brought them together again: a fellow soldier and penpal of Yolanda’s showed Frank her picture. He never had forgotten her, and he asked if he could write to her too, and thus they began their courtship. They were married in November of 1947.
Yolanda had 4 children raising them with strong moral values – honesty, perseverance, work ethic, and the desire to think, help, and care for others.
Yolanda was a devoted mother selflessly dedicating herself to nurturing her family. Her overriding desire was that each of her children receive a good education and she did whatever she could to make that happen. The things that gave her joy were simple - going to the beach, a really good “hot” steak, Chinese food, Sunday drives, and of course her family. She loved Broadway plays, sing-alongs, dancing, and flowers – trips to any botanical garden delighted her. She was a terrific cook and her home was always open to anyone, anytime -- especially at mealtime.
Yolanda was a victim of 911 and due to the injuries she suffered, she was subsequently diagnosed with subcortical avascular dementia. Yolanda’s vibrant spirit brought joy to those around her and she continued to contribute to society by participating in several geriatric studies at the University of Pittsburgh which has helped thousands. Yolanda’s legacy is that of a very kind, giving and gentle spirit – a woman who was truly selfless and cared very much for all those she loved. We hope now her spirit will fly a little bit more!
Yolanda is pre-deceased by her husband, Francis; her son, Salvatore; her son-in-law John, her brothers Edwin and Robert and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Yolanda is survived by her children Francis (Nancy); Constance; and Irene (Frederick), and her 6 granddaughters: Frances, Yvonne, Danielle Mahl; and Marie, Laura, and Grace Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the memory of Yolanda Stellaccio to a charity of your choice.