Mary L. Stoneback
Mary L. Stoneback
FAIRMONT — Funeral services for Mary Louise Stoneback, age 87, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at United Methodist Church in Fairmont, with interment in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.
Mary passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 4, 2019, at Woodland Manor in Fairmont. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Lakeview Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary Louise (Teeter) Stoneback was born on Oct. 28, 1931, in Center Creek Township, Minn. She was the daughter of Marcus and Bernice (Ruble) Teeter. Mary attended Fairmont Elementary School and Principia Junior High before graduating from Fairmont High School in 1949. She furthered her education at Principia College.
On June 2, 1956, Mary was united in marriage to Kenneth Stoneback at the home of Mary’s parents in Fairmont. This union was blessed with three children: Melody, Kevin and Lisa. The couple made their home on the family farm east of Fairmont where Kenneth had built a house for them. Mary and Ken shared 57 years together before he passed away on Nov. 10, 2013.
Mary enjoyed working on the farm with Kenneth, taking care of the jersey cows, hogs and chickens. Most family activities were centered on farming. She was active in the Martin County 4-H program from 1963 to 1979. The family belonged to the Fairmont Go-Getters 4-H. At the county level, she was a member of the 4-H council, managed the food stand and taught needlework. She represented Martin County at the state level as a needlework judge assistant. Mary was a skilled knitter and taught many other people to knit at different venues. She was an active part of the Cap for Soldiers project personally contributing over 300 caps. She shared things she had made like scrubbies, dish cloths and hot pads with organizations such as the Fairmont Hospital Auxiliary and the Lakeview Methodist Home Gift Shop.
Mary found pleasure tending to her flower garden; growing gladiolas, roses, mums, irises and begonias. In the early ’80s, after Mary and Ken sold the livestock, traveling in an RV was their recreational pastime and wintering at Superstition Sunrise Park in Apache Junction, Ariz., brought many new friends.
Mary was a longtime member of Fairmont United Methodist Church where the taught Sunday School and enjoyed being part of the Rachel Circle. Prior to joining the Methodist church, she was a member of the Christian Science Church, where she was often the soloist at Sunday and Wednesday services.
Mary was also a member of the Eastside Farm Club, Pleasant Prairie Birthday Club, the Martin County Historical Society, Beta Sigma Omicron Sorority, American Legion Auxiliary and Order of the Eastern Star. Her yearbook quote was very fitting as it stated, “Always ready; always there; always ready to do her share.”
Left to cherish her memory include her children, Melody Sanders and her husband, Duane, of East Chain, Minn., Kevin Stoneback and his wife, Kathryn, of Fairmont, Minn., and Lisa Ward and her husband, Gerald, of Eagan, Minn.; grandchildren, Sherri Stoneback of Eagan, Minn., Christopher Stoneback and his wife, Nicole, of Burnsville, Minn., Heather Pint and her husband, Karl, of Belle Plaine, Minn., Jennifer Reinsma and her husband, Joseph, of Maple Grove, Minn., and Mary Sanders-Reithmeyer and her husband, Seth, of Cottage Grove, Minn.; great grandchildren, Bethany, Benjamin, and Thomas Pint, Xavier and Xander Reinsma, and Emma Stoneback.
Along with her parents, Marcus and Bernice Teeter, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Stoneback; brothers, Marcus Jr, Earle, Willis, and Ray Teeter; and sisters, Cora Bell Dempsey, and Joan Deware.