About Piper Funeral Home

We're caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions.

We have three locations to serve you: St. Marys, Rossville and Eskridge. We invite you to call one of our locations to set up an appointment to discuss your pre-planning needs at any time!

T Stockman

November 11, 2017

Mary T Stockman, 91, passed from this world to her new journey with the Lord, November 11, 2017 at Midland Hospice in Topeka.

She was born May 19, 1926, in Topeka, the sixth of seven daughters of Leo A. and Loretta Erbacher.

T grew up in St. Marys, KS, where she attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic School.  After high school graduation she attended St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth before moving to Denver to join the workforce.

During her high-school years, she began to date the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Stockman.  They married on Friday, June 13, 1947, in Cheyenne, WY.  After a few years there, they returned to Kansas to farm and raise a family.  After brief periods on farms in the Emmett and Rossville areas, they settled near Maple Hill, where they lived and ranched for 43 years.

T was involved in the community, serving on the Maple Hill School Board as well as in leadership roles with the Maple Hill 4-H club and county 4-H. She was a long-time member of the Maple Hill Research Club and Wabaunsee County Farm Bureau.  She was also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church parish in St. Marys.

T loved her extended family and had many friends, young and old. She was known for her ability to connect with people and for her ability to listen and provide sound advice.  She spent countless hours as a volunteer on a hotline, talking with individuals in their times of need.

In 1996, T and Bob retired and moved to their home on Pomona Lake with the view that was her daily inspiration.  She enjoyed boat rides and swimming every chance she could get.  She enjoyed many friend and family gatherings at the lake.  She loved to cook and use fresh produce from Bob’s garden.

After moving, she became a member of St. Patrick Churches of Osage City and Scranton. She enjoyed involvement in various parish activities. The parish involvement was especially meaningful because her grandparents were married at St. Patrick in Scranton.

This past June, T and Bob celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary with a gathering of family and friends. They were named the longest-married couple in Kansas for 2017 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. There was also a proclamation by the Kansas House of Representatives honoring them for their long marriage.

T was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Jean Stockman Harris, as well as her parents and her sisters.  She is survived by her husband and as well as her sons and daughters; Barbara (Larry) Schulte of Leawood; Bruce (Pat) Stockman of Prior Lake, MN; Brian (Michele) Stockman of Parker, CO; Brenda (Kevin) Selman of Columbia, MO.  She has 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many other loving extended family members.

Two visitations will be held for friends and family to gather. The first will be at Piper Funeral Home, St. Marys, Friday, November 24, 5-7 p.m. concluding with a vigil liturgy and sharing of memories. The second will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Osage City, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 25.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow.  Interment will be at 2 p.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery.  A coffee gathering will be held at the Parish Hall in Maple Hill immediately following.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund for St. Patrick Church of Scranton, C/O Parishes of St. Patrick, 309 S 6th St, Osage City, KS 66523, or to the PACE Midland Care Building Campaign at https://www.midlandcareconnection.org/get-involved/support-our-work/waystogive/donate-online/

Print this obituary

10 thoughts on “T Stockman

  1. There are few people we are fortunate to feel you are in the peresence of pure goodness. That is the aura T seemed to have around her at all times. She will be honestly missed but the goodness she leaves behind in her family will always remind us of her.
    My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you Bob and each and every member of my friends family.

  2. T was a special lady in my younger years. She was a wonderful grandmother to my sons and taught them a lot! I am forever grateful for that. She was also a great cook! I still have a recipe written in her hand that I use from time to time. She also never forgot my birthday.
    In recent years when I had cancer she sent me a card every few weeks asking how I was doing ,telling me what she was doing and letting me know she was praying for me.
    My sympathy to all the Stockmans, she was one of a kind!

  3. Bob Pearl of Parma Heights, OH, says:
    Mary T and Bob were my classmates in St. Marys. We graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1944. Mary T’s birthday was just 6 days before mine in 1926. Our lifelong friendship has continued throughout all these years even though separated by nearly a thousand miles. My deepest sympathy to you, Bob, and to all your children on the loss of Mary T. My thoughts and prayers of condolence are with you at this difficult time. We know Mary T is now in heaven with God and all the saints and angels. The memories of Mary T and all the good works she accomplished during her long life bring joy to our hearts. May God’s blessings be with your family forever.

  4. Bob and Mary T are my Godparents. I had the joy of expressing my thanks for their spiritual gift to me not long ago. Bob, on behalf of the Karnowski family, and especially my mom, Louise, our hearts are with you and your entire family.

  5. With heartfelt sympathy & prayers of condolence to all the Stockman family, in the passing of dear, T. May her spirit and zest for life & her admirable trait of comforting others, always remain with you. May God give you strength and peace within your hearts, to recognize she lived a long, beautiful life and has attained her Heavenly reward. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  6. My sincere sympathy to each of you for your loss. Psalms 90:10 says that the usual life span is 70 or 80 years.  When man was created,  it was God’s purpose that he would live forever.  Romans 5:12 explains why sickness and death occurs. His purpose has not changed.  He assures us that he will restore life to all who are in his memory right here on earth under the best conditions.

    Revelation 21:3-5
    John 5:28,29
    Pslams 37:29

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *