LOCKPORT – The family of Mary Elizabeth Stoll gave her a loving and lasting birthday gift Saturday to celebrate her 90th birthday, sponsoring a donation in her name to support the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.
The donation perpetually recognizes an individual as a source of inspiration.
Stoll’s tribute was made in her name by her son, Dan Stoll.
The new campaign commemorates loved ones while providing financial resources to help sustain an apartment at Carolyn’s House or another YWCA program space such as a domestic violence shelter, special victim’s room, transitional housing or playground.
Stoll, the daughter of William and Thelma Taylor, is described by her family as a person who has the ability to find joy in simplicity.
She was the oldest of five and attended Lockport schools, including St. Joseph’s Academy.
As a child of the Depression she witnessed sacrifice and compassion. A lasting memory was a time when her father transported furniture to a neighbor’s house to provide a dignified setting for their child’s funeral.
She showed her own compassion and sacrifice by joining the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WACs) in 1944. She was stationed in Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Benning, Ga. She returned from the military following the death of her father.
After her military service, she married Charles “Jake” Stoll and they had five children, Norman, Marty, Nora, Dave and Dan, all of Lockport. She also ran the kitchen at the family business, Stoll’s Chop House, which she co-owned with her husband from 1957 to 1988.
She continues to open her home to those who are without family.
A plaque with the noun “Resilience” will be placed in her honor at Carolyn’s House to describe her ability to endure with grace and humility.
Those who want to sponsor a space in honor of an inspirational person in their life are asked to contact Kathleen A. Granchelli, YWCA chief executive officer, at 433-6714 for additional information.