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Nancy H. Stoneberg

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Stoneberg, Nancy Hibbard Brown A native of Naperville, died April 15, 2012 at her home in Fairfield, Calif. after several years of failing health. She was 84. Mrs. Stoneberg was born April 27, 1927 and grew up on the family's dairy farm, Oak Cottage, on Hobson Road built by her great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Briggs Greene in 1850. She attended Goodrich Elementary School and graduated from Naperville Community High School, Class of 1945. After high school, Mrs. Stoneberg attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority where she made many life-long friends and where she met her future husband, William Arthur Stoneberg Jr. After two years, she left to attend the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Chicago and after graduation; she worked in the advertising department for Time Magazine on Michigan Avenue. Throughout her life, Mrs. Stoneberg was an excellent writer, speller and typist. The Stonebergs were married Sept. 2, 1950 at Oak Cottage in an outdoor ceremony. They raised three boys and spent thirty years living in several homes in Naperville, moving to Sanibel, Florida in 1982. They have lived in a retirement community in Fairfield, Calif. for the past 14 years. While in Naperville, Mrs. Stoneberg was one of nine founders of the Naperville Heritage Society, whose first task was to stop the demolition of St. John's Episcopal Church, a Country Gothic church built in 1867. Mrs. Stoneberg served as secretary of the new organization and was instrumental in a two-year effort to raise the $29,000 needed to move the church, which was accomplished in June 1970. The church, renamed Naper Century Chapel is now a part of Naper Settlement, which recently received the highest national recognition from the American Association of Museums. Mrs. Stoneberg was a vital member of the Greene/Brown family and was one of those who kept its members together, by letter and phone. She became the family genealogist and spent years doing research and following up on work done by those in earlier generations. At the end of her life, she wrote several memoirs, lovingly put into books by her husband. Bill and Nancy Stoneberg spent 61 years together, did everything they wanted to do and lived everywhere they wanted to live. Besides her husband, survivors include her three sons, William III (Dee) of Austin, Tx., David (Joni) of Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., and Peter of Tiburon, Calif.; two grandchildren, Daniel of Los Angeles and Kelly of San Francisco; her brother, Thomas Brown of Sonoma, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many life-long friends. A private memorial service was held April 18 at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena,Calif. in Napa Valley. If you wish, a memorial contribution may be sent to Naper Settlement, care of Peggy Frank, 523 So. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540-6517.
Published in Naperville Sun on May 6, 2012
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