April 30, 1927 – July 16, 2021
Rosalind (Kramer) Stone, 94, of Swampscott, passed peacefully in her home of 65 years, with loving family by her side. Roz is survived by her husband of 73 years, Myron Stone. Devoted mother of Jacob and Linda Stone of Sarasota, FL, Samuel and Donna Stone of Swampscott and Michael and Rosalie Stone of Swampscott. Rosalind grew up in Little Rock, AR, the dear daughter of William and Carolyn (Whitmore) Kramer. She was the loving sister of Charlotte Lou Garber of Marblehead and the late Ruth Grimes.
Roz was a champion swimmer in her high school days back in Arkansas, swimming long distances, relying on her physical and mental fortitude. Roz came to Swampscott in 1946 and met Myron, a WWII Marine Veteran and together they created a marvelously happy family story.
Roz was a stay at home Mom when her boys were young, and then at 35 years old, she enrolled in Salem State Teachers College, went full time for four years, while still raising her family, and earned her degree. Roz taught in the Swampscott school system for 18 years – teaching math at the Machon Elementary School. Her students will tell you she was tough but fair – and if they passed her class they earned a swim in her backyard pool at the end of the school year. The pool being built was a tribute to her love of swimming, but also became a centerpiece for so many wonderful years of family gatherings. During her summers off from teaching school, she would organize swim lessons and in her backyard pool she taught hundreds of young Swampscott children how to swim.
Our family will forever remember her as the loving matriarch, instrumental in the happiness of 3 sons, 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was always there with guidance, encouragement and unconditional love.
She was adored and will be profoundly missed by her seven grandchildren – Sara Farbman (Richard) of Brooklyn, Aaron Stone of Somerville, Jill Skalniak of Woburn, Jennilee Stone of Winchester, Bill (Wendy) of Doylestown, PA, Alex (Heather) of Danvers and Harry (Bridget) of Salem. She cherished the time she had with her nine great-grandchildren, Malin, Micah, Nava, Jelani, Robert, Raegan, Sadie, AJ and Emerson. She will be sorely missed by a large extended family of nieces, nephews and their families.
A memorial service for Rosalind will be held on Tuesday, July 20th at 3:00 PM at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, MA 01945. A reception will follow immediately after the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Rosalind’s memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923 (https://www.caredimensions.org) or to Swampscott Senior Center, 200R Essex Street, Swampscott, MA 01907.
- Care Dimensions
Swampscott Senior Center
200R Essex Street, Swampscott, MA 01907
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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Kathy Bisegna Martz
July 29, 2021
Mrs. Stone was my fifth grade teacher and subsequently my sixth grade math teacher at Machon School. She was wonderful - firm but fair with a delightful sense of humor. If you started to act up, she had a great way of shooting you a look over the glasses perched on her nose. I feel so fortunate to have been in her classroom. She was also my swimming teacher for three summers back in the early 1970s. My love of the water to this day traces directly back to her influence.
Mrs. Stone lived life well and had a true impact on many other lives. May she rest in peace. I extend my deepest condolences to her family.
July 22, 2021
My condolence goes out to the family of Mrs. Stone , I had the privilege's of both being a Machon student and a swimming student
of hers. Both I still use to this day. I thought her as a Jekyll and Hyde. The Math teacher no nonsense /no excuses in the classroom.
Then a loving and caring person around the pool. Then I leaned that she was both in school and out of school.
Lots of good memoirs going to her pool with my late mother and leaning how to swim and survive in and out of the water.
Nick DeFelice class of 1974 Machon.
July 19, 2021
This is a sad moment and a happy one, we get to celebrate the wonderful life of Rosalind. I experienced her joy in life through Michael my great and forever friend. My heart is with you in celebration of this great Woman, Mother and Wife. You are in my prayers.
July 19, 2021
Condolences to the Stone family.
When our family was new to Swampscott, I heard about "Mrs. Stone's swim lessons" just up and over the hill from our house on Rockland Street.
My elementary-aged sons thought they were big shots walking there by themselves, They never needed prodding to go and especially loved the "free swim" time at the end of each lesson.
She was the "Swim-Whisperer"--what she taught in one week of classes would take other swim instructors a whole summer. She had a special knack with boys after having raised 3 sons.
On the last day of that summer's lessons (and the last time she taught swimming), Mrs. Stone introduced the jackknife dive to the class of boys in the water while she stood poolside. Each of their attempts to complete the dive were abysmal.
Shaking her head she turned to me and said "here--hold these (floppy hat and whistle)".
With that she climbed up on the diving board, and proceeded to propel herself off the diving board into a perfect jack knife dive without a splash.
She emerged from the pool to an astonished audience. She said "sometimes words are not enough-you gotta show them".
A real teacher on land and in the water!
Ed and Rita Collins
July 18, 2021
Myron and Family
Roz was a lovely, caring neighbor and friend. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We have fond memories of fun in the family pool and celebrating 4th of July fireworks.
XOXO. Ed and Rita
July 18, 2021
My sympathies on the loss of your Mom.
If my memory serves me right, your Mom taught me to swim as a minnow at Camp Columbus, where I think she also drove me to camp and back.
Again, my sympathies to the entire Stone family.
Bev Berger Reznik
July 18, 2021
She was a very warm, hospitable and family oriented person, a true matriarch whose family gravitated towards and around her. She will be remembered with love and affection. I wish you a long life
July 18, 2021
I would offer my sympathy to the Stone Family. Mrs. Stone was a lovely woman.
I will never forget that she taught me how to swim.
She will be missed.
July 17, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of Roz’s passing. I’m the daughter of Frances and David Cohen and have such wonderful memories of you both on July 4th etc. I know this is a difficult time for you and your children but know that Roz is swimming laps in the greatest most beautiful pool and teaching everyone to swim!
My love and condolences to you and your family Myron❤️
July 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss. We were classmates at Salem State I always admired her as a friend with a warm smile . She encouraged the members of her class to always try their best and work hard to become great teachers. Over the years I would occasionally bump into her and always was greeted with that smile and a moment to share happy memories of our days at the college.