Mary Fink Stone, 83, of Metamora, IL celebrated her first “Heavenly Birthday” on May 1st, 2018. Mary’s husband, George Leach Stone, preceded her in death in 2010, just one month shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. Mary’s parents (A.O. Fink and Violet Fink) are also deceased.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Tallman of Washington, IL and Lizbeth “Liz” (M. E. Delano) Stone of Louisville, KY. Mary loved her brother, John (Lynn) Fink, of Prescott, AZ and considered her cousin, Suzie Bush of Racine, WI, as a sister. Mary will also be missed dearly by many family members and friends.
Mary was born and raised in Oshkosh, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where she obtained a degree in primary education and met her “one and only” George. Mary loved teaching kindergarten in Neenah WI, where she was known as “Miss Pink”. Mary and George and their family lived in many different locations, including Monrovia CA, Wausau WI, Wayne PA, and Washington IL. No matter where they put down roots, Mary devoted her mind and heart to volunteer work and faithful dedication to helping others in need.
Mary once wrote that her two proudest accomplishments were her two “precious daughters”, Liz and Jen. While living at Snyder Village, Mary and her daughter, Jennifer helped establish a monthly gathering for fellow residents called “Snackin’ with Mary”. She often wore her unique sweaters to these gatherings and loved to bring happiness to others. In addition, she loved to visit Liz in Louisville, KY.
Mary spent a great deal of time ensuring that young people had opportunities to develop their talents in music. She loved to attend the local high school band concerts with her family and was a board member of the Wausau Conservatory of Music. One of Mary’s proudest moments came when the Wausau Conservatory’s Volunteer of the Year Award was established in her name.
Mary loved to travel, entertain, and support groups that helped others. She supported The Women’s Community in Wausau and was a member of Job’s Daughters, White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Junior League and Alpha Kappa Sorority. She was also active in the Presbyterian Church and made favors for the Friends Thanksgiving Dinner for 30 years in Wausau!
A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 9:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Wausau WI, followed by a reception at the church. A private burial will take place the next day at Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials support the Washington High School Band Boosters, as well as Snyder Village to continue the “Snackin’ With Mary” initiative.
Happy “Heavenly Birthday” to you… Mary… Mom… Faithful Servant! The Earthly world is a better place because of you!