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In Memory

Edna Stoner (Staff)

[Mrs. Stoner was a waitress at Abbott's and worked in the Hobart High School cafeteria.]
Mrs. Edna I. Stoner, 88, of Portage, and formerly of LaPorte and Westville, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at her home. She was born April 12, 1914, in LaPorte to Charles and Nora (Tarnow) Waak. Mrs. Stoner worked as a waitress at Abbott's in Hobart for 26½ years and also worked at Hobart High School cafeteria. She was a member of American Legion Women's Auxiliary Post 54 for 56 years.

She married Montford "Doc" Smith, who died in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. She then married Joe Stoner, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Hazel Keene and Ethel Etzcorn, and four brothers, Russell, Lester and Raymond Waak and Robert Parker. Surviving are her stepdaughter, Aileen Griswold of Kittery, Maine; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, corner of Route 51 and 7th Street, Hobart, with Rev. Gerald Walworth officiating. Friends may call today from 2 to 8 p.m., with American Legion Auxiliary Post 54 holding a service at 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service. Interment will be in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hobart Humane Society or to VNA Hospice Home Care, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383. On Mrs. Stoner's birthday, April 12, the family would appreciate friends planting a tree or flowers in her memory.