Stella Marie Gourneau, 92, passed away on January 16, 2022. Born in Belcourt, North Dakota, she was the daughter of Leander and Josephine Gourneau. Stella was a graduate of Nazareth College and received her doctorate in music education from Nova University. She came to Jacksonville to teach after graduating college and became a supervisor in the music department of the Duval County School Board until her retirement. Throughout her life, Stella was passionate in her belief that all children should receive a well-rounded education, the ‘3Rs’ and the arts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters: Irene Wright, Gladys Biskeborn and Sandra Bass; her brother, Steven Gourneau. Those left to cherish her memory include her lifelong friend, Sandra Hutchinson, her siblings: Francis (Sarah) Gourneau, Bernice Lyngstad, Joyce Hathman, Lee Gourneau, Cora Hunsley, and Theresa (Steve) Langdeau. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Donations in her name can be made to the Jacksonville Symphony.
Posted online on January 26, 2022
Published in Florida Times Union