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Longtime O’Connell teacher Monica Stabile dies

Monica Ellen Stabile, who taught at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington for 35 years, died Dec. 15 in Arlington.

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 Stabile was born June 9, 1955, in Ogden, Utah, to Col. Harold and Ilse Tramel. She spent more than 12 years growing up in Germany and studied at the University of Maryland, Munich campus, for two years. She earned her bachelor’s from George Mason University in Fairfax with a major in German and a minor in English. She earned a master’s in education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Stabile was the recipient of three fellowships from the Institute for the Development of Educational Activity, sponsored by the Kettering Foundation. Through the fellowships, she studied at Agnes Scott College in Georgia, Loretto Heights College in Colorado and Harvey Mudd College in California.

Stabile devoted her life to education. Longtime German teacher at O’Connell, she also taught French and English at St. Anthony School in Falls Church. In addition to teaching, Stabile led approximately 35 educational trips for high school students and alumni to Europe.

Stabile was passionate about inspiring students to maintain a lifelong quest to continue learning about different cultures. She is beloved by her family, friends and students for her dedication, kindness and wit.

She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Daniel, a college counselor at O’Connell; son, Daniel; daughter-in-law, Gina; sister and brother-in-law, Diana and Richard; nephews, Dave and Steve; and grandchildren, Siena and Luca.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:


Visitation is Friday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street in Falls Church.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave. in Falls Church.





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