Funeral services to celebrate the life of Opal Irene Stonebrook, 82, of Kimbolton, were March 25, 2009, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Pastors Delmar Ferguson and Wilbur Bragg conducted the services. Burial followed at Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington. She passed away early Saturday morning, March 21, in the Red Carpet Health Care Center, Cambridge.

Opal was born in Newcomerstown on Oct. 2, 1926, a daughter of the late Walter Stocker, who died in 1938, and the late Ruth Ellen Grewell Stocker Baumgartner, who died in 1987.

She was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1944. She was employed at the former Moore Enameling Company, West Lafayette, during World War II. She then was employed as an inspector at the former NCR company, Cambridge, for over 22 years. Opal was a longtime member of the Irish Ridge United Methodist Church, Guernsey County, where she served as a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of the Cambridge Senior Citizens, the Newcomerstown Alumni Council, and enjoyed reading, watching television, gardening and raising flowers as her special activities.

Opal was preceded in death by husband, Henry J. Stonebrook, Kimbolton, who passed away Feb. 16, 2003, and whom she married Oct. 20, 1944.

Also deceased are a grandson, Steven Andrew Stonebrook of Grapevine, Texas; brothers, Edward Stocker of Coshocton and Willis L. Stocker of Newcomerstown; and sister, Ruth Evelyn Mossman of Springfield, Mo.

Opal is survived by three sons, Michael W. (Sheryl) Stonebrook of Kimbolton, Donald R. "Don" (Beth) Stonebrook of Wichita Kan., and James H. "Jim" (Gini) Stonebrook of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Cindy Stonebrook of Kimbolton, Travis Stonebrook of Kimbolton, Autumne (Mrs. John) Wright of Fort Worth, Texas, and Dustin Stonebrook of North Hollywood Calif.; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin (Delores) Stocker of West Lafayette; sisters, Tacy Hewitt of Palm Springs, Fla., and Shirley (Mrs. George) Dawson of West Lafayette; brother-in-law, Wayne Mossman of Springfield, Mo.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made in Opal's name to the Shelter Fund, Irish Ridge United Methodist Church, care of Barbara Dawson, 72681 Acorn Rd., Kimbolton, OH 43749.