Sonja Fellman Stone, 96, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, neighbor, friend, and role model, passed away peacefully in her Mattapoisett, MA family home. Sonja was born in Lexington, MA, daughter of William and Hildur Fellman, of Finland and Sweden. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, George E. Stone and her sisters Linnea Scales, Violet Hanson, Naemi Thomas and brothers Sigward and Adolph Fellman. She is survived by her children Sonja Peterson and husband Frank; Lars Stone and wife Colleen; Suzanne Pike and husband William; Cynthia Stone and her companion, the late, Jeffrey Girard; Sandra Stone; grandchildren Mariel Stone and companion Jesse Duarte; Bonnie Stone and husband Erik Kowalski; Charlotte, Caroline, and Catherine Stone; and Jessica and Erica Pike; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Louise Fellman, Alice Coletti, Marguerite Lever and many nieces and nephews.
A patient, loving, forgiving, and religious woman, Sonja always put other’s needs before her own. She supported her husband in all aspects of life, including within the workplace as administrative assistant and bookkeeper for their family-owned independent insurance agency in Arlington, MA for over 30 years. Later in life, Sonja demonstrated her commitment to her family by working part time for 12 years as a Greeter at the Fairhaven Walmart where she was one of their oldest employees retiring at age 85.
Sonja was a member of the Laestadian Lutheran Church and enjoyed attending services. She found peace when singing hymns, enjoying nature, going to yard sales, sewing, and above all, spending time with her family. She had a quiet way about her, and everyone she met was touched by her warm smile and kind spirit.
Relatives and friends are invited to honor Sonja’s life by attending a memorial service Saturday, September 12th at 11 am at Advent Lutheran Church, 62 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Sonja’s memory may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.