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Eunice Ackley Staab

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NAPLES, Fla., and BARNARD -- Eunice A. Staab, 77, a seasonal resident of Naples and Barnard for 20 years, died Feb. 7, 2006, at the Naples Community Hospital, following an illness. She was born in Scarsdale, N.Y., on Jan. 16, 1929, the daughter of the late Morris and Elsie (Dolder) Thurlow. She grew up in Westbury, N.Y., and graduated from Westbury High School.

On Feb. 19, 1950, she married John J. Staab at Saint Bridgets church in Westbury; together the Staab’s raised a loving family of five children.

Eunice stayed home and ran the household while John ran Staab’s Hardware store in Westbury and later Canavan Hardware in Garden City, N.Y. John and Eunice were true life partners and were married for more than 55 years. She lived in Muttontown and Oysterbay, N.Y. Eunice led a very active life and had many hobbies and interest. She loved to travel and the whole family would often venture on camping trips, filling the family station wagon with the pop-up camper in tow. Eunice loved animals, nature and the great outdoors, she would often name tree and flower varieties, always eager to share with others. At home she took pride in her flower and vegetable gardens, always sharing the bounty with neighbor and friends. Eunice also enjoyed painting and art, boating and fishing. Eunice was an athlete, she took up tennis in her forties and became an accomplished player. She played in many tournaments and continued her tennis game until she became ill. While living in Oysterbay, she was a member of the social club “Hilltoppers.” She loved people and always had a smile to share. In Naples she played tennis in Cambia Park for more than 16 years and later at the Foxfire tennis association.

Above all Eunice was a loving wife, mother and proud grandmother and good friend. Maintaining the Thurlow family tradition, she worried about everyone, always putting others before herself. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and remembered for her kind and gentile ways.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her sons, Jack Staab of Northport, N.Y., Richard Staab of Darien, Conn., and Jeff Staab of Arlington; her daughters, Janet Bilorusky of Oakland, Calif., and Sandy Barnhart of Brookville, Md.; her sisters, Marie Gunn of Potomac, Md., and Helen Graikowski of Castine, Maine; her 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Carol Ryder of Kentfield, Calif.

A public memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 12 p.m. at the Foxfire club house in Naples. The Rev. Robert Wallace will officiate. Following the service all are invited to stay for a time of refreshment and fellowship. A second service will be held in Barnard in June at a time and place to be announced. Her cremated remains will be committed to the earth in the Windward Cemetery in Barnard Vermont. Memorial gifts may be made in her memory with check made to The Garden of Hope and Courage, P.O. Box 9324, Naples, FL 34101. Friends may send e-mail condolences to [email protected]

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 15, 2006
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