Lydia Eloise (Love) Stodnick, 91, formerly of Granite City and Madison, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at the home of her daughter, Antoinette (Stodnick) Berkshire in Annapolis, Md., where she resided for the past 4 1/2 years.
She had been in hospice at home for several months and passed away, peacefully, in her sleep. Stodnick was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Belle, Mo., and spent most of her life in Granite City, where she worked for School District 9 as an elementary school secretary for 27 years.
Anyone who knew her knew that she enjoyed children and pets — always working to be sure that they were all warm and well-fed, including many strays of all kinds. She enjoyed family reunions, sharing stories about family history, and her work at Emerson, Washington, and Frohardt elementary schools. The children at Washington and Emerson were especially dear to her because she had known many of their families for years. She loved meeting them years later, learning how their lives turned out, and all about their brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Stodnick Sr., whom she married Nov. 20, 1941, in Granite City.
Survivors include one son, Frank Stodnick (Pat Hodshire) of Granite City; one daughter, Antoinette E. Berkshire of Annapolis, Md.; four grandchildren, Christine Berkshire Ramsey (Pat), Erin Berkshire Hobbs (Mike), Shelly Stodnick and James Stodnick and six great-grandchildren, Lydia, Nick, and Hanna Berkshire Ramsey, Karmen Dorsey, Nicole and Sydney Berkshire Hobbs.
Cremation services were chosen with no memorial services.
Memorial donations are GCAPA in Granite City and Metro East Pet Adoptions in Edwardsville. www.irwinchapel.com