Stoeri, David Anthony
November 9, 1948 - July 2, 2021
David Stoeri, beloved husband, brother, and uncle, teacher, musician, master storyteller, and humorist passed from this life on July 2, 2021. David was born in Midland, MI, November 9, 1948, to the late Herb and Rita Gaviglio Stoeri. He was a 1967 graduate of Midland High School and graduated in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University in 1972.
Dave's first teaching job was in Bad Axe, MI, where he taught 6th grade and coached the high school girls' volleyball team to the state volleyball finals. Dave continued his commitment to children by teaching 5th and 6th grade for several years in Beloit, WI.
Dave was a self-taught master of guitar, banjo, fretted dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, and harmonica as well as a large variety of percussion instruments. Early in his life, he learned to play the trombone, playing in city bands wherever he lived. He wrote beautiful poetry, eventually turning to writing music and lyrics. Among his many original pieces is a birthday song that deserves worldwide use. David's first wife and music partner, Roxanne Neat, shared their talents throughout the Midwest, publishing five music albums during that time.
In 2001, Dave returned to teaching, moving to Winston-Salem, NC. He brought his unique talents to Summit School where he was described as: one of a kind, a creative force, authentic, spirited, fun AND funny, thinking outside the box (wayyy outside!). In 2020, Summit School awarded Dave the Marian Millaway Douglas '69 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
David had many eclectic interests. He loved many outdoor activities including fishing, flying kites, cross-country skiing, animals of all kinds, and competing in triathlons with his friends Fred, Pete, and Frank. He proudly dipped his front tire in the Mississippi River at the end of the Iowa Great Bicycle Ride—twice. Dave loved life, children of all ages, and creating magical worlds using music, storytelling, and humor.
David is survived by his wife, Patience Tracy Teah-Williams and her children, Tracy D. Williams, Terri O. Williams, and Jean-Julien W. Troussard; siblings: Tom (Meg) Stoeri, Kathy Stoeri, Jim (Elisa D'Arrigo) Stoeri, Bill (Sue Johnston) Stoeri, Marilyn Waun (Ray Elvey); 11 nieces and nephews; and his Uncle Jerry and Aunt Pat Gaviglio. David was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Karen Koontz Stoeri.
There will be a memorial service July 24 at 2:00 pm at the Winston-Salem chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4780 Westchester Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Arrangements made by Memorial Funeral Service.
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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Jul. 18, 2021.