Anita C. Stolov
Anita C. Stolov was born Anita Carvel Noodelman in Minneapolis on June 10, 1930. She was the youngest of three children born to Misha and Sonia Noodelman. She met her husband Walter, at the Hillel House, in 1950 while she was studying at the University of Minnesota
. She approached him (the new kid) who moved to Minneapolis six months earlier to study physics. She was working for the Gallup Poll studying retention by readers of information seen in that week's Life Magazine. At lunch the next day, Anita interviewed Walter. Marriage followed in 1953. This past August they celebrated 59 glorious years of matrimony.
In 1952, Anita graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Walter entered medical school. After graduation, Anita began teaching kindergarten in Minneapolis Public Schools. She was immediately recognized as a superb teacher and soon asked to share her skills supervising student teachers. In 1956, they moved to Baltimore for Walter's internship and had their first child, Nancy. After finding good day care in their home, Anita continued her love of teaching working part time as an assistant teacher in a class for children with special needs.
In 1957, they returned to Minneapolis where their second child Amy, was born in 1959. Their last move was to Seattle in 1960 when Walter joined the University of Washington
faculty. Their third child Lynne was born in 1962. When the children were established in school, Anita became a Family Life Instructor for Bellevue Community College.
In this capacity she supervised several co-op preschool programs.
Anita had a remarkable skill for identifying at-risk children and finding the appropriate resources needed to support their development. She actively shared her skills with others. She worked closely with preschool teachers to help maximize their teaching skills and provided support to mothers by conducting weekly parent education seminars in her home. She served in this capacity for 25 years, influencing the development and growth of many children and their families.
When her youngest child completed high school and left home, Anita found another outlet for her energy. She co-founded, with her friend Judy Ross, a convention services company "Daytours". For ten years, Daytours provided conference attendees and spouses with a host of leisure activities. They delighted in designing unique bus and boat tours, dinner affairs and parties. They were proud of their successes, particularly in hosting a meeting of 15,000 attendees at an American Chemical Society convention in Seattle.
Anita enjoyed traveling with her husband as he attended various professional activities. Together they visited 17 countries. In all of these, Anita's engaging personality acquired many "new best" friends.
Over the years Anita remained fully engaged with life whether it was teaching children and adults, running a business, enjoying social activities and exploring ideas with friends. Her interests included opera, theatre, art, bridge, hiking, and tennis as well as entertaining her many friends with elaborate dinner parties.
Anita passed away on Monday December 31, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley Solender and brother Allen Delman. She is survived by her husband Walter, daughters Nancy (Kim) Goldov, Amy Stolov and Lynne (Brian) Pauleen, grandchildren Hanah Goldov, Michael Pauleen and Shayna Pauleen, 10 nieces and nephews, 9 grandnieces and grandnephews, and sisters-in-law Selma Stolov and Barbara Stolov.
Funeral services and interment will be at Arthur Wright Chapel, 520 W. Raye St, Seattle on Friday January 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Donations in memory of Anita may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund (UW Foundation) and/or the Walter C. and Anita C. Stolov Endowed Research Fund (UW Foundation) c/o UW Medicine Advancement, Box 358045, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.