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Irene Sophie Stone

May 23, 1950 - December 2, 2020
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Obituary

Irene Sophie Wojdylo Stone has gone to meet her maker and her parents. She left us on 2 Dec. 2020 at Mobile Infirmary as a result of injuries received in a fall. She leaves behind her husband, Steve A. Stone, daughter Chrystal Anderson, sister Genevieve McPheron and her husband Edward, two nieces, one grandniece and a herd of furry creatures too numerous to name.

Irene was born on 23 May 1950 in the U.S. Army hospital in Wurtzburg, GE, the second daughter of Joseph and Maria Wojdylo, who were Polish nationals. The Wojdylo family lived in the Displaced Persons Camp there. She emigrated with her family in 1952, entering the U.S. through New Orleans. They eventually settled in Norwich, CT, which is where she spent her school years. Irene attended St. Joseph Catholic School and was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy. She later earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Eastern Connecticut, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She and Steve married in Norwich on 4 May 1976. They were to move around a bit over the years, living in Norwich, CT; Longview, TX; Gulfport, MS; Athens, GA; Preston, CT; Manassas, VA, and then to their final home in Grand Bay, AL.

Irene worked continuously through the years, first as a licenced beautician, and later in various aspects of computer support, including programming, network administration, technical support, network installation, and network security. She never seemed to tire of new challenges. Organizations she worked for included EG&G; the U.S. Navy; EDS, Inc.; and Raytheon Corp.

Irene was proud of not being like anyone else. To call her “sprited” or “complex” wouldn’t come close. She was charming and engaging to some and could be a holy terror to others, despite her diminutive size. She was extremely gifted in handcrafts. She sewed, knitted, crocheted, made ceramics of all kinds, was a great photographer, made jewelry from everything from metal wires to stained glass to semi-precious gems and pearls. She was also a gifted cook, though she would tell anyone she hated being in the kitchen. She was a proud “power” shopper and knew a good deal when she saw it. She loved going new places on cruise ships and was happiest when she was on a beach. What she loved most in life were her precious cats, of which she had many over the years, and many at a time. Her cats are confused now and missing her very much.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, 12 December 2020, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima, OH. Father David Ross celebrated the funeral mass, including a wonderful solo of Ave Maria. Irene now rests a few feet from her mother in Gethsemani Cemetery in Lima.

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Born: May 23, 1950
Died: December 2, 2020

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Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.

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Callie Goodrum posted on 12/23/20

Irene was always the kindest person in the room. Always a lady. I miss her sweet spirit.

 

Nancy Stone posted on 12/21/20

Dear Steve What a shock to read about Irene passing away. It is a complete shock as she was so spirited. So sorry Steve!! Time heals and a true test for me as Barbara calls me the Merry Widow now. Not always but !!!! I am here for you if you need an ear!! Cuz Nancy Stone

 

Priscilla Owens posted on 12/18/20

Steve I just found out about your wife's passing. I am so sorry and you have my deepest sympathy. I know about sadness and loss. It's a difficult thing to live with. I pray that God will comfort you and help you to get through the coming days.

 

Glorià W Stewart posted on 12/17/20

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Kenneth McGruder Sr posted on 12/17/20

Steve, I am not sure where to start. Pat and I send our condolences and love. You, Irene, Pat, and I were more than friends, but extended family. When we first met Irene it seemed like we know her all our lives. Irene was a bright and shining star and heaven is better having an angel-like Irene. Our love and best to you...."My Chief"

 

Levon Carroll posted on 12/17/20

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

 

Levon Carroll posted on 12/17/20

I just now heard of your loss of Irene. I am so sorry and am praying for you and your family. My sincerest condolences.

 

Levon Carroll posted on 12/17/20

Steve I just now found out about the loss of Irene. I am so sorry for your loss and send you prayers for you and your family. My sincerest condolences.

 

June Raiford posted on 12/17/20

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June Raiford posted on 12/17/20

I am so sorry Steve for you and Chrystal.❣️ Needless to say I loved her very much BUT- - Steve don’t ever forget that I have just as much love for you as I did for her! You and Chrystal will be in my prayers always. As far as Irene, she will be in my heart for my lifetime. 🙏 I’ll pray for the eternal Repose of her soul for the rest of my life !

 

Bob White posted on 12/17/20

We are so sorry for the loss of your wife, Sophie. You have obviously been blessed by a wonderful woman who has shared and enriched your life.

 

Bill Danner posted on 12/17/20

My Condolence. This is the first time I've seen of you and your families loss of Irene. I'm sorry, but as you know I've not been totally at my best for the last several weeks. God bless.....Bill

 

Linda Maroney Kilby posted on 12/17/20

Steve I'm do sorry to heard about Irene. She was one of the most gracious ladies I have ever known. Loved her family and animals. Keeping you and family in my prayers Linda

 

Taylor posted on 12/17/20

Irene was such a beautiful, sweet spirit and spirited lady. We are so blessed to be able to call her our friend! Our hearts go out to her family. Blessings of love, peace, and healing be upon you all. Rickie and Julie Taylor

 

Melissa Lander posted on 12/17/20

Steve, I am so very sorry for the loss of your lovely wife. You and family are in my thoughts and prayers!

 

fr. Anthony Kadavil posted on 12/16/20

Irene was a great inspiration for me as her pastor, when she & Steve moved to Grand Bay. She was a big bundle of holy energy in a weak frame, encouraging everyone, in spite of her poor health. She was the main photographer of my Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee at St. John's Grand Bay. I still cherish all those pictures which she framed and presented to me. Ignoring the lockdown of this nursing home, I went to Grand Bay to offer a requiem Mass for her on Dec 12th Saturday, the day of her funeral. I shall keep praying for the eternal repose of her soul and for God's blessings on her dear ones. Fr. Tony Kadavil

 

Don and Kay posted on 12/16/20

We are saddened by your loss. Irene will be missed. Prayers for you and family Steve.

 

Barbara Walker posted on 12/16/20

A very good friend! She is missed.

 

Debbie Freeman posted on 12/16/20

I’m so sorry Steve.. praying for you now and in the days ahead.. Love you, Debbie Freeman (cousin)

 

Gerri Warden posted on 12/16/20

She is and was so special to me. I shared her love of cats. A picture of what's right about life. I am so sorry for her early departure from us.

 

Stu posted on 12/16/20

My sincerest condolences, Steve. I pray your memories will bring a smile to your face and laughter made easy once again. You and Irene shared a enduring love... She will always be in your heart.

 

Rob Koss posted on 12/16/20

Laurie and I are sending love and prayers to you and your family.

 

FRENCHIE DE TIEGE posted on 12/16/20

In memory of Irene Sophie Stone, FRENCHIE DE TIEGE lit a candle

 

FRENCHIE DE TIEGE posted on 12/16/20

MY FRIEND STEVE, SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOST OF YOUR PRECIOUS WIFE. WE NEVER KNOW WHAT TO SAY DURING THESE TIMES. SHE HAS GONE HOME TO GLORY TO BE WITH JESUS AND HAS RECEIVED HER NEW BODY AND SHE WILL BE WAITING BY THE GATE WHEN YOU GO TO BE WITH HER FOR ETERNITY. THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF YOUR BRIDE AND I KNOW YOU HAVE GREAT MEMORIES WITH HER. ALL THE BEST TO YOU STEVE FRENCHIE STEVE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF IRENE'S GOING HOME TO JESUS. THERE ARE NO WORDS TO SAY WHEN YOU LOSE SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN WALKING ON THE LIFE JOURNEY WITH YOU FOR SO LONG. I LOVED THE DESCRIPTION OF HER YOU GAVE SHE SOUNDED LIKE A REAL FIREBALL. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL AND I KNOW YOU MADE GREAT MEMORIES TO COMFORT YOU UNTIL YOU SEE HER AGAIN. PRAYING FOR YOU MY FRIEND FRENCHIE

 

Kathryn Navia posted on 12/15/20

Dear Steve, I am so sad to hear of this news. Please know I will keep you and your family in my prayers throughout this Christmas season. I hope she can be part of the real hallelujah chorus this Christmas. Blessings to your family, Kathy Navia

 

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