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Anne Stolz Day

Anne Stolz Day, 95, of North Port, Florida, formerly of Elyria, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012, at home in North Port, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary B. Dietz and William Stolz; Burton Deleon Day, her husband of 42 years; her sister, Florence Romer; her brother, Reverend Joseph G. Stolz; and her grandson, Matthew K. Day.

Anne is survived by her sisters, Sr. Ursula Stolz of O'Fallon, Missouri, Sr. Mary Stolz of Maryknoll, New York, and Cecelia Alten of Ontario, California; daughters, Bernadette Day of Lakewood, Alicia Slempa and her husband, Gregory of Charleston, South Carolina, Paula Powers and her husband, Patrick of Elyria, Martha Boesel and her husband, Donald of Asheville, North Carolina, Germaine McGraw and her husband, Jerry of Sun Lakes, Arizona, Mary Foster and her husband, James of North Port, Florida; and sons, Gregory Day and his wife, Mary of Copper Hill, Maryland, and Peter Day and his wife, Joni of Jacksonville, Florida. She also leaves 14 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Anne was born and raised in Elyria, where she worked as a secretary, when she met her future husband on a train as he shipped out for military service in Europe, during World War II. They corresponded throughout his tour of duty and were married in 1946, after his return to civilian life. They raised their large family in Ohio and retired to North Port, Florida, in 1978. Anne was known for her sunny disposition and ready laugh, as well as for her devotion to the Catholic faith and her volunteerism. A member of San Pedro Catholic Church since 1978, she was also a longtime member of the Ladies Guild, and was personally responsible for making more than 16,000 rosaries for export to foreign missions. She also spent many years helping wash church laundry and running bingo. Over the years, Anne donated more than 10 gallons of blood and regularly gave money to countless charitable causes. For many years, she served as a volunteer at the voting booth and ran errands for elderly friends who didn't drive. Mrs. Day served as secretary for her bowling league for decades, and bowled her highest game ever (237 with seven strikes in a row!) in her 80s, having to give up the sport because of a hip replacement. Anne loved watching televised sports, particularly football and tennis, and did word puzzles every day. Members of her extended family were frequent recipients of articles and coupons clipped specifically for them, as well as greeting cards, that she often made herself or recycled from other cards. Her upbeat presence and personal attentions will be sorely missed.

Visitation was Sunday, November 4, 2012, with a prayer service, at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, November 5, 2012, at San Pedro Catholic Church, with interment following in Gulf Pines Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions, in Anne's memory, to San Pedro Catholic Church Building Fund.

To send condolences, please visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.

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