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Martha Stoner

Martha D. Stoner (Denlinger)

Thursday, December 4th, 1924 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Martha Denlinger Stoner, 95, of Akron, entered into rest at Ephrata Manor nursing home late Sunday evening, August 2.

She was born in East Lampeter Township, the sixth of seven children, daughter of the late John L. and Mary L. (Kreider) Denlinger.

Martha married Charles Reist Stoner on August 30, 1947. They were wed for 59 years, prior to his death on October 30, 2006. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Ephrata.

After receiving a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1947, she pursued a long career as a mathematics teacher, initially in Manheim Boro, then Bergstrasse School in Ephrata, Ephrata High School and Middle School. While excelling as an educator, Marty’s heart was that of a mother, grandmother and artist. She was a superb seamstress and knitter, clothing her family and winning numerous local and state awards for her fine handiwork, and in later years for her crocheting. The artistry of her youth blossomed in her retirement, with a myriad of oils, pastels and watercolor works, often of her beloved family, barns, landscapes and cloud-filled skies.

Surviving are six children: Susan R., wife of Ronald J. Wanner of Akron; Marcia L, wife of David C. Dierwechter of Morgantown; C. Frederick, of Danville; John P. of Spring Mills; Mark T. of Lancaster, and David A., husband of Jennie Moody of Charlottesville, VA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Jennifer, David, Kirsten, Brigitta, Alyssa, and Rebecca; three step grandchildren, Scott, Kyle, and John; two step great grandsons, Gabriel and Aiden, and six great grandchildren, Opal, Zebadiah, Carter, Emily, Brayden, and Nathan.

She is also survived by a sister, Kathryn Eby Landis, and was preceded in death by siblings, Bertha, Mary, Elma, John, and Miriam.

The family will hold a private memorial and interment at the Mount Zion Evangelical Cemetery, 105 N. 11th Street, Akron. A virtual celebration of Marty’s life will be held on Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 PM. To attend, register at www.marthastoner.eventbrite.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marty’s memory may be sent to Akron Borough, PO Box 130, Akron, PA 17501 marked as “Roland Park donation.”

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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    Sunday, September 13th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Sunday, September 13th, 2020 6:00pm
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    Mt. Zion Evangelical Cemetery
    N. 11th Street
    Akron, PA
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Donations are being accepted for: Akron Borough-Roland Park Donation.


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Sharyn Allen

Posted at 08:45am
You lost a lovely lady. I remember a visit with her when we shared the book The Carrot Seed and an LP which I had used in Kindergarten. I also recall how handy she was with yarn. During this pandemic I am knitting baby blankets for as yet to be conceived great grandchildren.

Elaine Martin

Posted at 11:13pm
I remember my Aunt Martha , 15 years my senior, from the time Mother (Elma) and I lived with Grandma and Grandpa Denlinger in the big old house along Route 30, near Lancaster (Dad being in CPS). She helped discipline me when I got out of hand....and years later after she and Charlie were married, I had a weekend at their home in Mountville..... My shy years away from home in Akron made me homesick, as I remember being homesick on an overnight in Mountville! Times change...thankfully!! And Martha and Charlie moved nearby to Akron, to a most wonderful small farm at the bottom of the hill from 1222 Main Street, Akron.

Many years later.... Martha was an inspiration to me. We both enjoy(ed) painting and would share stories of our painting ....hers being barns of Lancaster County and wonderful paintings of her family. Mine of painting and having my paintings sold across the US. She was so talented! Every time we visited her she had another project or crocheting piece to display. What a wonderful aunt!

Cindy Damon

Posted at 08:43pm
What wonderful memories we have of Aunt Marty and the entire Stoner family! From weekends at Grandma's to family dinners and summer vacations at Camp Windfall. She was a much-loved sister and aunt. Deepest condolences, Kitty, Corinne and Cindy

Paul Forrest

Posted at 04:37pm
A truly wonderful lady and I am so glad that I had the good fortune of being able to see her whenever I crossed the Pond to stay with Mark. Always warm welcoming with a beautiful smile and boy did she know how to feed you.
With my thoughts and condolences to Mark, Dave and all the family,
Paul Forrest.

Randall Zwally

Posted at 11:15am
I have fond memories of Mrs. Stoner (and the whole Stoner family). Mrs.Stoner was a great teacher even though I was not that good at math. My condolences. Randall Zwally

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