OCONOMOWOC/ FRANKLIN, N.C.

William M. Stone (Bill)
Nov. 20, 1929 — Jan. 15, 2016

William (Bill) Stone, 86, beloved father, adored “Opa,” best friend and partner, Korean War veteran, teacher and outstanding citizen, born Nov. 20, 1929 died peacefully of natural causes on Jan. 15, 2016, amidst loved ones at his home in Otto, N.C.

His faith is as strong as ever and supported by family and friends.

Bill lived a gracious and meaningful life “one day at a time,” contributing his love to family and friends, his church and the local communities in Milwaukee, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, and Madison. Bill was relentless in his pursuit of service to others. After graduating from Marquette High School, Bill spent decades helping others through his work as a realtor and mortgage banker; involvement in parish councils at Our Lady of Sorrows (Milwaukee), St. Jerome’s (Oconomowoc) and later at St. Clare’s (Wind Lake); life membership in the Waukesha Noon Lions Club; longtime liaison for the Waukesha Noon Lioness Club; mentoring at Alcoholics Anonymous, the Lake Area Club and at Rogers Memorial Hospital; teaching real estate courses at Waukesha County Technical College; and myriad other community endeavors.

Bill is survived by his best friend and partner, Theresa (Terry) Poth; his five sons, their spouses and partners, and his precious grandchildren: Robert (Kristine — Riley, Tyler) Crystal Lake, Ill., Thomas (Linda — Justin) Bowling Green, Ky., John (Julie — Tray, Adam, Karly, Rachael, Corbin) Sullivan, Gerald (Lesia — Benjamin, Isabella) Erie, Pa., and Paul (Helen — Michael, Bronwyn, Carolyn, Mary Kathryn) Los Gatos, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren, and other dearly loved family cousins including the DeChants, Coyles, Dawsons, Fuhrmans and Hebeins. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Phyllis A. Stone; his mother, Ruth M. Marlowe, and cousin Bill Coyle.

There will be a visitation at 11 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at noon celebrating Bill’s life and honoring his family and friends on Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 955 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066; (262)569-3020.

Memorials to Alcoholics Anonymous AA or either the Waukesha Noon Lions or the Waukesha Noon Lioness Clubs will be sincerely appreciated.