SANBORNTON — Jean Eleanor (Stone) Surowiec, 84, a longtime resident of Sanbornton, died, Jan. 22, 2017, in the comfort of her home with family at her side following a brief illness.
Jean was born in Franklin on Oct. 5, 1932, daughter of the late Milton and Eleanor (Kelley) Stone.
She was a graduate from the Tilton-Northfield High School, class of 1950, and West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, West Virginia) class of 1954. Jean completed graduate work at Danbury (Connecticut) State Teachers College, going on to teach school in Sharon, Connecticut and Newport.
Jean married Alphonse Surowiec Sept. 2, 1960, and together they operated a dairy farm on Perley Hill Road in Sanbornton, and started a family. When her husband unexpectedly passed away in 1970, she decided to sell the animals and dairy equipment, and plant apple trees. Her desire was to keep the farm in the family and provide family activity and enjoyment time for the community. Surowiec Orchard opened for business in 1976 as a pick-your-own apple orchard.
Jean was employed as tax collector for the Town of Sanbornton from 1972 until 1977. She was very interested in property research and worked from 1977 until 1990 as a deed researcher for Steven Smith and Associates in Gilford.
She was a lifelong member of the Sanbornton Congregational Church where she served as treasurer and was a member of the cemetery committee. In 1982 she initiated Senior Fellowship luncheons at the church in order to give elderly citizens a chance to share a meal and socialize with their friends. Most recently she had offered rides to appointments to other church members unable to drive. Jean was also active in her community serving on the Sanbornton Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Jean is survived by her sister, Harriet Hunter of Pacola, Oklahoma; her son, Stephen Surowiec, his wife Katie and their children, McKayla Shaw, Monica Raymond, and Stephania Surowiec; two daughters, Elaina Waibel, her husband, John and their children, Chad and Caitlin of Marlborough, and Linda Surowiec and her son Aaron Abbott of Sanbornton; as well as two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her husband, Alphonse Suroweic; brother, George Stone; and sister, Elizabeth Hux.
Respecting Jean's wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. in the Sanbornton Congregational Church. Private burial for Jean will take place later in the spring when weather permits in Holy Cross Cemetery in Franklin.
Rather than flowers, it would be Jean's wish that donations be made in her name to the Sanbornton Congregational Church , P.O. Box 126, Sanbornton, NH 03269.
The Surowiec family would like to express their appreciation to the Franklin VNA and Hospice for the care and support given to them in the last few months.
Assisting with arrangements is the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton. For more information, go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
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