Sheila C. Stone of Lynbrook, NY died peacefully at home on June 2, 2021, in her 87th year, with her family by her side. Born in Brooklyn in 1934, she was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes, an immigrant from Scotland and father, Edward Norris, an immigrant from England and her brothers, Peter, James and William Norris, and her former husband, David Stone.
Sheila leaves her devoted children, Marjorie (Brian) Monahan, of Lynbrook, Catherine (Brian) Bain, of North Myrtle Beach, SC, Carolyn (Robert) Stone-Clark, of Rockville Centre, NY, Christopher (Christine) Stone, of Sag Harbor, NY and Marianne Stone of Lynbrook.
Sheila was Grandma to nine: Matthew (Christine) Monahan of Cary, NC; Daniel (Amanda) Monahan of Wayne, PA; Gregory Monahan of Rockville Centre, NY; Peter Monahan of Long Beach, NY; Timothy (Ariana) Fountain of Northport, NY; Elizabeth (Steven) McDonald of Baltimore, MD; Lauren (Joseph) Tedesco of Sag Harbor, NY; Lyndsay (Jeff) Doroski of Baiting Hollow, NY; Michael (Dorothy) Stone of Sag Harbor, NY.
Sheila was Great-Grandma to 15: Emily, Ryan, Aubrey, Caitlin, Christian, Hannah, Thomas, Brian, Ainsley, Kyle, Caleb, Alice, Colin, Jack and Ada.
She will be remembered by her many longtime friends -- from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn where she grew up and enjoyed swimming, boating and fishing with her family and friends, and was a parishioner at Resurrection Church; and from Rockville Centre where her children were raised and were parishioners at St. Agnes Cathedral. Her faithful aide, Natalia, will miss her.
Sheila was an enthusiastic world traveler, award-winning photographer, voracious reader, a ballroom dancer and generous community volunteer, especially for senior citizens’ services. She gave her time as a Defensive Driving Instructor for AARP and provided free tax preparation services for others without the means to pay.
Passionate about NYC’s cultural events such as ballet and Broadway, she loved showing the city to family and friends and hosting international visitors from her travel club in her home. In her youth she was an elegant ballet dancer who performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
With a lovely face, and tall and slender for most of her adult life, she was a notable beauty. Sheila was an exceptionally talented dressmaker, creating couture-quality fashions for her four daughters and herself. She taught those skills to Rockville Centre Girl Scouts working on earning their Sewing Badges. In addition to creating formal wedding gowns for two of her daughters, she designed and created gowns for herself to be worn as mother-of-the-bride, and attending events such as the Mercy Ball.
Sheila retired from a career as a systems implementation specialist from AT&T Bell Systems in NYC. She enjoyed working with client executives at some of Manhattan’s most successful corporations, helping them obtain and organize their complex communication systems’ needs. As a result of growing up with three brothers, she was comfortable navigating her way in business situations where she was the only female.
With all her talents and accomplishments, Sheila considered her family her greatest contribution, her source of gratification and her most important legacy. Sheila has long been a legend in her family for her energetic personality and determined independence. Her children, grandchildren and in-laws have many, oft-repeated ‘Sheila Stories’ that pay tribute to her unique sense of humor and ingenuity. They are sure to make us laugh for years to come. Sheila was one-of-a-kind; we always knew it, just as we know no one can ever replace her.
Visitation Sunday, June 6, 2-4 & 7-9. Flinch & Bruns, Lynbrook. Funeral Mass Monday, June 7, 11 am, Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne.
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