NEWTON FALLS - Dolores H. Stoner, 83, passed to eternal life on Saturday, June 8, 2013, and Kenneth Stoner, 87, joined her in life eternal on Sunday, June 9, 2013, from injuries sustained from an automobile accident in Jackson Township.
Kenneth was born March 19, 1926, in Zelienople, Pa., the son of Theodore and Mary Peffer Stoner. The family would later relocate to Newton Falls.
It was on Aug. 3, 1929, that John and Mary Furchak Hildack welcomed the birth of their daughter, Dolores.
Both Ken and "Dee" obtained their formal education in the Newton Falls school system.
On May 23, 1944, Kenneth enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran of World War II and received his honorable discharge on June 10, 1946.
He briefly worked for Peter's Construction during the construction of the Ohio Turnpike and then he was employed by Rockwell International. Ken retired from Republic Steel, where he was employed as an inspector for 37 years.
Dee had worked at the Isaly's Dairy and also at the Ravenna Arsenal. In later years, Dolores would serve her community as the finance director for the City of Newton Falls, retiring from her duties after 24 years of service.
It was their destiny to become friends. Their friendship grew and the couple was united in marriage on Sept. 2, 1950, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Warren. From this date their lives were as one.
Ken and Dee would devote their lives to their family. As parents, they provided a loving and nurturing environment for their three sons, Kenneth, Ronald and Neal. They were supportive of all of their children's and grandchildren's endeavors.
Ken and Dee enjoyed a variety of hobbies. Dee liked needlepoint and cross stitch, crafts and working puzzles, while Ken enjoyed woodcarving, leatherwork and woodworking. Dee had made scrapbooks for each of the grandchildren, and Ken would delight the grandchildren with the ability to feed bluebirds out of the palm of his hand. Together they enjoyed the game of golf.
For the past 20 years, Ken and Dee would spend winters at their Vero Beach home in Florida.
The couple expressed their faith by attending services at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach and were longtime faithful parishioners of St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Newton Falls.
Treasured memories of Ken and Dee will be carried on by the family that they so loved, Kenneth D. (Paula) of Ravenna, Ronald A. (Andrea Grunder) of Newton Falls, and Neal R. (Crystal) of Minster; their adored grandchildren, Alicia, Chelsea, Kirsten, Clarissa (Christopher), Kyle, Kody and Chad; Dolores' sisters and brothers, Betty Stempak, Frances Brackle, John Hildack, Roger Hildack and Michelle Ice; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ken and Dee were Richard Hildack, Clair Stoner, Jacob Stoner and Inez Coss.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Newton Falls.
The Newton Falls Veterans Honor Guard will honor Kenneth for his military service. Kenneth and Dolores will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in Paris Township.