OBITUARY

John Fredrick Stoneman

February 21, 1932February 8, 2021
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John (Jack) Stoneman passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Dewitt, Michigan on February 8, 2021. John was born February 21, 1932 in Ashley, MI to Fredrick and Loretta (Barrett) Stoneman. As a young boy, Jack worked on his family farm. After graduating from Fulton High School, he was hired by GM Fisher Body Plant in Lansing where he had obtained his apprenticeship card in toolmaking. Jack retired after a successful 40-year career as a Tool & Die Maker, a job he loved. Jack also served in the Navy and was stationed at Gross Isle, MI for two years.

One hot summer night at a dance in Ovid, Jack met his future wife Mary Ann (Kloeckner) and it was love at first sight. They married in 1953 and a few years later he helped build their home in DeWitt, where they raised six children, their proudest accomplishments. Mary Ann passed away in 2013.

Jack and Mary Ann were members of St. Therese Parish in Lansing and founding parishioners of the Catholic Community of St. Jude Church in DeWitt, MI. Jack was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed the comradery of others, playing on numerous golf and bowling teams. He was very proud of his perfect 300 game in 2002.

Jack was an avid fisherman, hunter and die-hard sports fan. He was happiest when he was tinkering in his shop at home. No task was too large or complex for him to take on ranging from auto repair, woodworking to mechanicals. We are blessed with the legacy he inspired - curiosity, creativity, and persistence in everything he did.

Jack is survived by his children: Kathleen (James) Wilcox; Debra (Matt McColl) Baker; Diane (Michael Jaskula); Douglas (Nancy); Karen (Dennis Munk); and Kris (Debbie). His legacy also includes 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Jack was preceded by his sister, Shirley and brother Lee and is survived by his brother Larry (Sherry) Stoneman as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will also be a visitation following socially distanced guidelines from 2 to 4 pm on February 20, at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington, in DeWitt. Jack’s Funeral Mass will be held at the Catholic Community of St. Jude in DeWitt later in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, family members request donations be made to Hospice of Lansing, 4052 Legacy Pkwy., Suite 200, Lansing MI 48911-4285 or the Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter, 310 Main St., Suite 100, Chelsea, MI 48118, in memory of Jack Stoneman.

  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of Lansing
  • Alzheimer's Association, Great Lakes Chapter

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Rite of Committal

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Nancy Barberio-Hayden

February 19, 2021

Dear Debra and family,

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.

Joseph Barberio
Chris and Nancy Barberio-Hayden

John and Brenda Reed

February 14, 2021

Words cannot express what a great man my Uncle Jack was. He and Maryann welcomed myself and my family into their home on many occasions and holidays. Always a wonderful time. I will never forget the lasting memories that I have of them. He lovingly cared for Maryann during her final years of life. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family. Rest In Peace dear Uncle. Your health struggles are final over. I know you and Maryann are "dancing in Heaven".

Amy Rockford-Hale

February 14, 2021

My deep condolences on the loss of your father.
I was your mother's hospice nurse and always remembered your father's commitment and caring for his wife.
I enjoyed many conversations with him and he was very kind to me whenever I arrived for my visits.
May you all be comforted by God's blessings at this time.
Amy Rockford-Hale

Bonni Salley

February 11, 2021

The Stonemans were like a second family to me as we lived right next door to them for many years. I will always remember the times we shared together. We would talk "over the fence" even years after the "fence" was gone. Jack entrusted me to "drive" his car one time when he was stuck in the snow and he was pushing it out. He finally told me it would be easier if I would put it in drive rather than reverse. We got it out after his guidance. Thank God he was a patient man. You and MaryAnn will always be in my heart. Rest in peace my friend.

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Biography

John (Jack) Stoneman passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Dewitt, Michigan on February 8, 2021. John was born February 21, 1932 in Ashley, MI to Fredrick and Loretta (Barrett) Stoneman.

As a young boy, Jack worked on his family farm. After graduating from Fulton High School, he was hired by GM Fisher Body Plant in Lansing where he had obtained his apprenticeship card in toolmaking. Jack retired after a successful 40-year career as a Tool & Die Maker, a job he loved. Jack also served in the Navy and was stationed at Gross Isle, MI for two years.

One hot summer night at a dance in Ovid, Jack met his future wife Mary Ann (Kloeckner) and it was love at first sight. They married in 1953 and a few years later he helped build their home in DeWitt, where they raised six children, their proudest accomplishments. Mary Ann passed away in 2013.

Jack and Mary Ann were members of St. Therese Parish in Lansing and founding parishioners of the Catholic Community of St. Jude Church in DeWitt, MI. Jack was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed the comradery of others, playing on numerous golf and bowling teams. He was very proud of his perfect 300 game in 2002.

Jack was an avid fisherman, hunter and die-hard sports fan. He was happiest when he was tinkering in his shop at home. No task was too large or complex for him to take on ranging from auto repair, woodworking to mechanicals. We are blessed with the legacy he inspired - curiosity, creativity, and persistence in everything he did.