Fayann Stone

Born: Saturday, June 15, 1929
Passed: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Visitation:
12/2/2017 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oak Crest Chapel 

Obituary

Fay Stone, age 88, recently of Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb, Ill., and formerly of Platteville, Wis., and Elgin/Geneva, Ill., died peacefully November 21, 2017, surrounded by her family.
She was born in 1929 in Oshkosh Wis., where as a young girl she met her future husband, the late Marshall "Skip" Stone, from Milwaukee. They were married in 1950, and faced life's challenges together for 62 years. In the late 1950s, Fay began teaching at McAuley School, the little red schoolhouse on Roosevelt Road, just east of Geneva, the last active one-room school in Illinois. For many years she was the only teacher for the children from grades 1-8, and was dedicated to preserving the advantages of the small, unified classroom, where the students learned from and helped each other. She and her husband were active members of St. Peter's Parish in Geneva, while their own children attended school there. They later moved to a small farm outside of South Elgin, and belonged to St. Laurence Church in Elgin.
Fay retired from McAuley School in the late 1980s, and she and Skip indulged in a larger farm near Platteville, Wis. They raised beef cattle, and Fay expanded on her creative talents of painting, calligraphy, gardening, beading, and civic involvement. Fay devoted many hours to St. Mary's Church in Platteville, as a volunteer and benefactor. She also joined a Native American Indian lodge, the MinissKitigan Band of Great Lakes Ojibwa, dedicated to preserving the beliefs and customs of the Ojibwa, and taught Indian heritage classes at the UW college system. She and Skip also traveled extensively throughout the world.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her surviving brother is James (Nancy) Horton of Bend, Ore., and nieces and a nephew in the Horton family. Additional surviving family members include son, James (Cathie) Stone of Denver, Colo.; daughters, Mary Stone of Huntley, Ill., and Nancy (Randy) Schairer of Sycamore, Ill. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Sara (Christian) DuFour of Chicago, Jessica Beckman of Chicago, Derek Schairer of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacey (Cody) Janes of Woodstock, Ill. Great-grandchildren Jade, Reagan, Selah and Siena will also not have the opportunity to know and love this remarkable woman. She was wise, generous, outspoken, courageous, inquisitive, and talented, and our lives are forever diminished because she is no longer with us.
An informal visitation and gathering will be held from 2-4 PM Saturday, Dec. 2, at the chapel at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb for friends who wish to pay their respects and reminisce. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Oak Crest Retirement Center, or the Fay Stone Memorial fund.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, Ill.

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Dana M. Lau

    I worked with Fay at St. Mary's for many years. Her help and kindness were greatly appreciated. She has been missed since she moved to IL. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time. May your memories of her console you. She was truly an interesting woman with knowledge of many things.

  2. Ron Blakeslee

    I had the pleasure of attending McAuley school in the mid 70s. Mrs. Stone was such a wonderful educator. She would have us listen to classical music during lunch, and she introduced us to many exotic foods as well. There are so many great memories of my time at that One room school, and Mrs. Stone played a huge part in that. I was blessed to speak with her a few years ago via email, and was able to let her know what an impact she made on my life. We are praying for her family during this difficult time. Thank you Mrs Stone and rest in peace.

  3. Therea Ann McChesney Vazquez

    Went to McCauley School Mrs. Stone was my teacher. She was the greatest teacher and the biggest inspiration in my life I love when she used to read books and she would change your voices to be Pooh Tigger Christopher Robin and The Boxcar Children I loved when we made Stone Soup and worked in the kitchen downstairs I loved when she had us do our science projects and Amy and I did one on photosynthesis in the sandbox that was inside the school. My dad Robert mcchesney also had her as a teacher and she taught my brothers and sisters also I want to let you know that I adored mrs. Stone I loved her all my life and if you could hear me talking my voice is breaking with sadness over her loss God bless you mrs. Stone I always loved you and may you and your husband be making Ducks now I never forgot when she took us to see her husband in his duck models God bless you mrs. Stone

  4. Terry Fairbanks

    I, my younger brother, and many of my 10 aunts and uncles on the Fairbanks side were student's of Mrs. Stone at McAuley school. Occasionally I have flashbacks of my elementary school years at McCauley, listening to classical music in the downstairs lunch room... every time I hear Pictures on an Exhibition by Mussorgsky I think of McAuley. I'm sorry to hear of Mrs. Stones passing. Clearly she had an impact on many lives. Best wishes. Terry Fairbanks, Superior, CO.

  5. Jennifer Sibley (Tunk

    She was my familys teacher for many years at McAuley school she will be greatly missed !! Prayers to family and friends.

  6. Jackie and Wayne Dieter

    Fay and Skip have been our special friends forever and we are both so sorry to hear about her passing.Her love of God , the Church,her husband and her be loved family is what kept her alive and well. Their will never be any two people that will be missed more. They were such an important part of our community. Thank you both for allowing us to be part of your lives. We loved you dearly. Jackie and Wayne Diete

  7. Jackie and Wayne Dieter

    Fay and Skip have been our special friends forever and we are both so sorry to hear about her passing.Her love of God , the Church,her husband and her be loved family is what kept her alive and well. Their will never be any two people that will be missed more. They were such an important part of our community. Thank you both for allowing us to be part of your lives. We loved you dearly. Jackie and Wayne Diete

  8. kathy misak

    I knew Fay well through our times with Keewaydinoquay. I loved her outspokenness and got many a chuckle from that, wise and remarkable indeed. She just kept going.....

  9. Diana K Hoover (Black)

    My heart is with you in your time of sadness. Know that she has touched many during her time with the MKD.