Redlands High graduate fought  a five-year battle against cancer

Stefani Maggio

Stefani Jean “Stevie” Maggio, a Redlands High School graduate, died on Feb. 17, 2020, surrounded by her family following a five-year battle with cancer. She was 75.

Born on July 21, 1944, in Fresno, to Col. Eugene E. Wilson and Marcella B. Wilson. As part of a military family, she lived in the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii and many U.S. locations.

Her father retired in 1957 and the family settled in Redlands. She graduated from RHS in 1962, then attended Cal Poly Pomona where she met her future husband, Carl Maggio.

They had five children. They lived in El Centro and Holtville, California, before settling in La Jolla in 1982. In La Jolla she was a seven-year member of Las Patronas, a philanthropic organization with a long history of serving the San Diego area.

In 1993 she chaired the Jewel Ball, the annual fundraising event. Following her divorce in 1997 she relocated to Arizona, eventually settling in Sun City West, where she cared for her ailing father.

She earned her real estate license and sold real estate in both Arizona and California. Following the death of her father in 2003 she returned to La Jolla for four years, eventually returning to Sun City West where she remained until her death.

Maggio is survived by her 18-year partner Eric Paul; sister Janice King; aunt Carol Ross; sons Joseph, Carl, Anthony and Vincent; daughter Kristen; and 12 grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass at 11 a.m. and then a reception on Thursday, March 12th at All Hallows Catholic Church, 6602 La Jolla Scenic Drive South.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society in her name.