In Memory of



Obituary for Hilda Stone

Hilda (Di Benedetto) Stone of Stow passed away peacefully at home on February 20, 2024, at the age of 96 after an 18-year battle with memory loss and dementia. Originally from Chicago and Des Plaines, Illinois, Hilda lived in Stow since 1995 to enjoy retirement and be close to her children.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 39 years Le Roy (Lee) Stone, son Carl D. Stone of Carver, MA and siblings Chris and Nick Di Benedetto of Chicago, IL. Her memory is cherished by surviving son Thomas E. Stone, his wife Anne T. Stone of Stow and Carl’s wife Julie Stone of Carver with adored grandsons Jesse, James, and Josiah Stone.

Born September 11, 1927, to the late Angelo and Nunziata "Nancy" Di Benedetto, she was the first in her family to be born in America, after her mother and brothers emigrated from Pizzone, Italy to South Hermitage Avenue, Chicago, the West Side Italian neighborhood, and joined her father in 1926, where she lived until 1957. Though a true child of the Depression, her strongest and lasting memories were of her happy childhood, adoring parents, and family and school friends who remained close throughout the years.

A 1945 graduate of Jones Commercial High School (now Jones College Prep), she was a standout student, skipping two elementary grades, even as an English language learner responsible for translating at home. She was well prepared for a career in administration that included working at a Chicago advertising agency and a commercial bakery. After marrying Lee on September 7, 1957, they moved to Des Plaines, Illinois to raise their two boys. She enjoyed a long career at School District 62 Administrative Offices, which included the first digital transformation of paper accounting ledgers to mainframe accounting systems and later, workstations.

As a new widow in 1997 and still new to Stow, her plans shifted from travel to volunteering. She volunteered at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA and made new friends as a member of the Stow Council on Aging and St. Isidore Catholic Church in Stow. At 75, Hilda visited Pizzone, Italy with Tom and Anne. Elderly residents of the mountain village remembered her brothers and parents and she was able to visit with cousins who faithfully corresponded through the years. Still able to call upon her Italian dialect, upon seeing an ancient section of the church, she translated the host’s description with a simple “Roman Rocks.”

Late in her life, Carl and Julie blessed Hilda with 3 grandsons. On a visit, James proclaimed “Nana, I love you. You’re feisty!” Never was there a more perfect description of her that her family cherishes today and forever.

The family is grateful for the support, care, and compassion of special companions and in-home caregivers throughout the years. Their kindness sustained her, and their appreciation of Hilda’s feistiness and strength was a blessing and comfort to the end. Hilda is now with her beloved Mother, family, and friends in heaven and chatting away with joy.

A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Isidore Parish, 429 Great Road, Stow, on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 11 AM with a burial service to follow at Brookside Cemetery, Stow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Isidore Parish or the Friends of Jones Annual Fund at