Marie Franz Stone, age 88, formerly of Hamden, CT passed away July 6, 2010 in Hadley, MA. Marie was the widow of Littell Rogers Stone, former President of Stone College in New Haven. Born in Brook Haven, LI, NY on April 17, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Frederick L. & Teresa E. Gunther Franz. Marie is survived by her daughter Christine Stone Thomforde of Hamden, CT and her son Randall J. & his wife Janice Stone of Shutesbury, MA; her sister Ruth Franz of Milford; 5 grandchildren & 6 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a grandson. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in 1942, she was active many years as president both of her class and of the Mount Holyoke Club of New Haven. After college she worked for RCA in Lancaster, PA, developing Musak, in the president's office at Yale University, and as a music critic for the New Haven Register. In addition she served churches in Cheshire and Bridgeport as organist and choir director. She was a sponsor and member of the New Haven Chapter of Alpha Iota Sorority at Stone College, and of The Church of The Redeemer in New Haven. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 9, 2010 in Section 4 of Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Contributions in her memory may be made to: Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075 or to the New Haven Chapter of Alpha Iota Sorority, c/o Ann Tenoske, Advisor, 16 Ramblewood Dr., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Just wanted to say I was a nurse who helped take care of Marie and she will be sadly missed. I enjoyed her smile and her stories about music. May she rest in peace.

  2. Marie was a wonderful friend who was always delighted to hear from me. Even though we were from different generations, there was no separation of hearts. She loved her family tremendously and was very proud of each and every one of them. When we would get together for lunch, she always had a big agenda which included filling me in on all their accomplishments. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and delighted in making special gifts with depth of meaning that only she could fully know. She was a woman of prayer and trust in God. I will miss her.

  3. Marie was like Mother to me. My family enjoyed many times with Marie, (Bai) when she attended Valley Life Church in Sunderland. My sympathies to your whole family. She talked at length about all of you, so that I felt that I knew you. My love to each one at this sad time. Love Pat Hollrock

  4. Marie was like Mother to me. My family enjoyed many times with Marie, (Bai) when she attended Valley Life Church in Sunderland. My sympathies to your whole family. She talked at length about all of you, so that I felt that I knew you. My love to each one at this sad time. Love Pat Hollrock

  5. We got to know Marie when we first moved to Hadley seven years ago. It was always a great time to visit her and be touched by her enthusiasm for the Lord. Her heart for prayer, intercession, and worship was contagious to us. Whenever I walked into her apartment, I always felt God’s holiness residing there. We will miss her tremendously. And we are rejoicing that she has run the good race and has left a legacy of faith for her friends and family.

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