Marilyn Stonestreet, 50
McDONALD – Marilyn Stonestreet left suddenly on her 50th birthday, Dec. 7. She was vacationing in Mexico with family and friends, who were gathered in her honor, when misfortune befell her during a scuba dive. She made her exit while admiring God’s handiwork on a coral reef. She was one of life’s great celebrants and will be missed by the many she has touched.
Born Marilyn Kunkel on Dec. 7, 1954, she was the daughter of the late William T. Kunkel Sr. and Irene Kunkel, who lives in McDonald. Marilyn lived in McDonald all her life.
She was a registered nurse for nearly 28 years. She graduated from Trumbull Memorial School of Nursing in Warren in 1976. She later received a BSN from Penn State. Her training and devotion eventually led her to a position in the cardiovascular lab at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where she dedicated her entire nursing career.
Her greatest role in life was as wife and mother. She married Ed Stonestreet on June 18, 1976.  Together, they raised four sons, Matt, who is a medical student while his twin brother, Eddie is in dental school, and David and Kevin, who are pursuing undergraduate degrees.
Besides their academic achievements, Marilyn was extremely proud of hers sons’ athletic accomplishments at her own alma mater, McDonald High School.
Marilyn also filled her days with outdoor activities She enjoyed running, particularly in the company of friends and family on Sundays in Mill Creek Park. She had completed three marathons. She traveled widely in order to ski and scuba dive.  She could also be seen walking her dog around McDonald.
She was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald. She was a lector and CCD teacher. She also took blood pressure readings after Mass.
Marilyn absolutely cherished the company of her family and friends.  Those who knew her loved her and will fondly remember how she opened her heart and door to them. She also took such great care of Grandma Bert, who passed away last year. This loss is certainly Grandma Bert’s gain.
She will be joining her father, who died in 1985. She leaves her beloved mother, Irene Kunkel; her husband, Ed Stonestreet and their four sons. Two sisters, Linda March RN of Ravenna and Peggy Bach RN of St. Petersburg, Fla., grieve their loss. Four brothers, Dr. Bill Kunkel and Dr. Thom Kunkel, both of McDonald, Dr. Dan Kunkel of Spokane Wash., and Dr. John Kunkel of Youngstown will dearly miss their sister. Her many nephews and nieces loved their Aunt Marilyn. She was ever-so-close to her in-laws as well.
Friends and family may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.
A Mass celebrating her life will be held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions are asked to be sent to the American Cancer Society or to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.



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