ROGERS, Minn. - Paula Stockinger, formerly of New Boston, passed away on Nov. 14, 2013, in Rogers, Minn., surrounded by her family. Paula was a strong woman focused on bringing people together and making an important difference in the world. She faced many health struggles in recent years with great courage. Paula was a devoted mother, an advocate for the disabled, and she loved nature, music, and the arts. She saw beauty in the world around her.
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Paula was born in St. Cloud, Minn., on April 29, 1944. She was one of five daughters born to Ed and Leone Stockinger. She graduated from Cathedral High School and St. Louis University and held a wide range of professional roles including teacher in the Peace Corps (Sierra Leone, Africa), environmental consultant with Arthur D. Little, co-founder/director of an alternative high school in Cambridge, Mass., and commercial real estate broker, appraiser and consultant.
Paula is survived by her son, Nathan Graves of Francestown, step-children, Ginger Bateman and her husband, Steve, of Francestown, and Jason Graves of Acworth; grandchildren, Kaiden Bateman and Aliya Smith. She is also survived by sisters Susan Forys of Ocean Grove, N.J., Joan Stockinger of Minneapolis, Minn., Beth Stockinger of Minneapolis, Minn., and Amy Stockinger Jensen of Plymouth, Minn., along with their husbands, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of Paula's life will be held at a later date at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation church in Milford.
Memorials can be made to Autism Speaks (http://events.autismspeaks.org/tributes/paulastockinger), Piscataquog Land Conservancy (http://www.plcnh.org/support/) or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford.
Condolences can also be made at http://www.forevermissed.com/paula-j-stockinger/
Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Nov. 19, 2013