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Devoted wife, mother, accomplished vocalist,
opera singer and teacher
FALMOUTH FORESIDE - Stella Marie Baumann, passed away on Sept. 26, 2013, at Falmouth By the Sea. She was born in Detroit, Mich. on March 23, 1933, to the late Roy and Aurelia Peralta.
Stella had many passions in her life, but her one true passion was her love of music and singing. At a very young age, her mother who was also an opera singer and opera coach started her classical training as an Opera Singer, which brought her together with her other love, her husband Edward A. Baumann Jr. Stella and Edward where married on September 11, 1954, just after Edward was drafted into the Korean War. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. Shortly after this, she toured with the Michigan Opera Company, and soloed with the Pontiac Symphony, Detroit Summer Series Symphony and the Gross Pointe Symphony. Additionally, she had opera roles in Cosi Fan Tutti, Fidelio, La Traviata, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro and Adriadna ouf noxes.
After raising her four boys, Stella went back to school to Southern Methodist University and earned her Masters in Music Theory in Dallas Texas. She then used this training for the remainder of her life to produce many accomplished vocalists in singing competitions across the country achieving top awards and recognitions.
She is survived by her sons Karl, Mark, Robert and Steve; and grandchildren, Caroline, William, Nicholas, Rebecca, Parker, Preston, Jackson and Isabelle. She deeply cared for others and was a devoted christian, who attended Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Falmouth Foreside. She had many lasting friendships and she will be deeply missed by her family and by all whose lives she touched.
Friends and Relatives are invited to a memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 2 p.m., at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church at 43 Foreside Rd., Falmouth Foreside.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2013