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Ardell Sy Stonum
Retired Realtor
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Ardell “Sy” Stonum, 90, entered into rest on May 12, 2009 in Modesto, California. He was born on August 18, 1918 in Clifford, Illinois. He was a resident of Manteca for over 37 years. He joins is wife of 54 years in heaven Eleanor Stonum.  

Sy is survived by his children; Bill Stonum and wife Dee of Manteca, Dan Stonum and wife Hilary of Santa Rosa, Tom Stonum and wife Denise of Jacksonville, FL., and Lenore Wright and husband Larry of Dublin. He was also blessed by 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He has one surviving sister Kay Maggard of Illinois.   

Sy was a native of Illinois and moved to California with his wife Eleanor in 1949. Before moving the Manteca from the Bay Area Sy was a service manager for Ellis Brooks Chevrolet for over 25 years. When moving to Manteca Sy pursued his interest in Real Estate and eventually opened his own real estate office with ERA, retiring in 1987.     

Sy was very involved with the Manteca community. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Manteca and the Manteca Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed playing the banjo, guitar, and the fiddle. In his younger days Sy loved being outdoors; waterskiing boating and just relaxing outdoors was a way to find peace. Sy will be remembered as a soft spoken man, who was truly devoted to his family.   

Mr. Stonum’s services are being held under the direction of P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Monday May 18, 2009 from 1 to 5 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca. Services will be on Tuesday May 19, 2009 at 1 p.m. also held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. Sy will be laid to rest at Park View Cemetery with his beloved wife Eleanor.   To sign Mr. Stonum’s guest book please go to
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, May 16, 2009