Teresa Augusta Stoner was passionate about family and politics.
“She felt that children need love and guidance to become loving, caring people,” her daughter Catherine Larson said. “She was passionate about politics as they relate to freedoms and family rights and needs.”
Stoner, 89, of Lake Dalecarlia, was the type of mother who played games, went sledded, skated and climbed trees, her daughter said.
Stoner met Albert “Gordon,” her husband of 49 years, through her older brother who was his buddy in the U.S. Navy.
While her husband served on a ship stationed in Seattle, Stoner rented a room and worked at Boeing as a bucker, a “Rosie the Riveter” job, holding a bar against the metal of the plane while the riveter pushed the rivets.
While living in Lake Dalecarlia, Stoner stayed home to raise the couple’s four children.
“She was what I would call a professional volunteer for any and all causes,” Larson said. “She kept house, gardens, chickens, rabbits and a goat in order. She was a jack of all trades and was able to fix almost anything inside or outside.”
Teaching her children to swim in the lake, Stoner became increasingly concerned with the pollution of the area ditches running into it. She became the first manager of the Lake Dalecarlia Regional Waste District.
“She feared what future problems were in store for lake residents without a proper sewer system and took up the cause,” Larson said. “She was instrumental in getting the system they now have in place.”
Stoner’s hobbies included gardening, exercising, line dancing, bowling, bicycling and cross country skiing. She won several Blueberry Blitz ski races in her 80s. Competitive, Stoner loved board and card games and was an avid bridge player.
Larson said she misses her mother’s energetic spirit, enthusiasm for life and her unwavering love of family.