January 14, 1927 – September 30, 2014
“Call the question!” That’s how I’ll remember Al Stone, a no-nonsense, humble teaching elder, full of integrity and a great sense of humor. Al’s wife, Jeanne, remembers him as a kind, caring husband, who regularly conveyed his love in word and deed. As a father, Al made up stories, read to the kids, and did many other fun things with them.
Born on January 14, 1927, in Jersey City, NJ, Alfred William Stone graduated from High School in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, in 1944 and enlisted in the US Army, serving until his discharge in 1946. After graduating from Cornell University in 1950 with a degree in engineering, Al took a job with an engineering firm in Jackson, Michigan, where he met Jeanne. Following their wedding on June 29, 1952, Al and Jeanne moved to Poughkeepsie, NY, where Al worked for the Public Utility Company. They became very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Poughkeepsie, where they organized a Bible study group; and Al served as a deacon, coached basketball, sang in the choir, and served on various committees.
When Al decided to pursue a call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament and enrolled in Princeton Seminary in 1957, they and their three children lived on a chicken farm in the Princeton area.
Reverend Al’s first pastorate was in Fairless Hills, PA, where he served for 7 years. Al’s next call was to Bellville, NJ, where he served for 22 years, including one year as Moderator of Newark Presbytery in 1979, and where Jeanne taught elementary school in Glen Ridge, NJ.
After retirement to Allentown in 1989, Al sang in the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, served as a Stated Supply Pastor in Reading for 4 years, and served on nearly every committee of Lehigh Presbytery.
Surrounded by his loving family, The Reverend Al Stone died peacefully in his Luther Crest apartment on September 30, 2014. He will be deeply missed by his dear wife Jeanne, their daughter Susan, sons Jeff and Doug, grandson Derric, and many friends, including us here in this presbytery.
We thank God for Al’s life and ministry, and we commend Al to God’s never-failing love and care.
Rev. Dianne Kareha, Luther Crest Chaplain