Lonnie Jean Wilson Stanley of Kennett Square

Lonnie Jean Wilson Stanley, 62, of Kennett Square, died Sunday, May 25, after a 5-year battle with cancer. She was the wife of Robert S. Stanley, with whom she shared 41 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington, she was the daughter of the late James and Jennie Van Hal Wilson.

Lonnie was a member of the class of 1970 at Kennett High School. She went on to graduate Cum Laude in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Penn State University where she was a member of the first women’s track team. She spent three years teaching health & phys ed at special needs schools in Delaware where she started the New Castle County chapter of the Special Olympics. She later taught kindergarten for 10 years at London Grove Friends School. She continued her love for helping people with special needs as a program manager at RLO, a residential placement service for the adult handicapped.

In recent years, she enjoyed being with — and shopping for — her six grandchildren and traveling with her husband and kids.

Survivors include two daughters, Jocelyn Grazela and her husband Matthew of Kennett Square, and Megan Gardea and her husband Jonathan of Downingtown; one son, Brian Stanley of Breckenridge, Colo.; two brothers, Thomas R. Wilson and his wife Sally of West Chester, and Robert C. Wilson and his wife Diane of Kennett Square; six grandchildren, Bradley, Lily, Zachary, Abigail, Jude, and Sloane, and many nieces and nephews.

You are invited to visit with Lonnie’s family and friends from 9 -11 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 N Union St, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Her memorial service will follow  with interment in Union Hill Cemetery immediately after the service.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) http://themmrf.org  383 Main Avenue 5th Floor Norwalk, CT 06851 .  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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