HOWARD — Bonnie S. Stone, 72, of Apple Valley, died and went to heaven Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was at the home of her daughter in Wauconda, Ill.

She was born Bonnie Sharon Ellen Akom, in Mount Clemens, Mich., Dec. 28, 1946, to Stuart Leroy and Bonnie June (Brady) Akom. She married her high school sweetheart, George William Stone, in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Dec. 30, 1966.

She lived a good life with honesty and modesty, devoted to God, her family and her country. She resided in many places including St. Clair Shores, Cadillac and Saginaw, Mich.; Loves Park, Ill.; and Springfield, Newcomerstown and Apple Valley.

She attended Michigan State University in pursuit of a degree in English and history. After volunteering as an archivist, she would have a job as a receptionist in the juvenile probation court of the courthouse in Rockford, Ill. Among her many affiliations were memberships in the Masonic Orders of Job’s Daughters, Eastern Star and White Shrine and the League of Women Voters.

She was an avid genealogist all of her life and a member of Palatines to America, the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Gifted with a beautiful singing voice and the harmony of an angel, she sang in her churches and with the Apple Valley Singers. She had a great talent for needlework and was always making gifts with love for a new baby.

She is survived by her mother and husband; daughters, Deborah Ellen (Hector) Rivas and Laura Joy (Bruce) Stedman; grandchildren, Andrew B. (Katherine) Crowe, George R., Zachary T. and Molly E. Stedman; great-grandchildren, Ellen J. and Paul W. Crowe; her sisters, Carol Sayers and Nancy (Mike) Boyle; nieces and nephews, Dawn (John) Ambrosio, Carolyn Sawchuk, James (Deanna) Derocha and Tom (Grace) Derocha.

Service will be held at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, presided by Rev. Donald J. Hilkerbaumer. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will be at the Mound View Cemetery, 307 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, Monday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Apple Valley Singers or to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Bonnie S. Stone.


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