Mary Eva (Pracuta) Stahley, 83, died Dec. 8, 2011. She was the wife of the late James J. Stahley.

She was born March 20, 1928, in Danbury, to Hipolit and Petrunella (Dudzinska) Pracuta.

She graduated from Danbury High School, Class of 1948, and was a member of the Grassy Plain Drum Corp.

She met her lifelong love and husband, James J. Stahley, while they both worked at Woolworth's in Danbury. They married in 1953 and settled in Brookfield, where they raised their family.

She was very active in the community, having been involved in Pop Warner cheerleading and Girls Scouts.

She worked at the former Caldor department store until her girls were out of school and spent her retirement vacationing in Florida three months out of the year, fishing in Rhode Island and enjoying life every day.

She enjoyed spending as much time with her grandchildren as possible.

Her laughter was known to be contagious. She felt her biggest accomplishment was to raise four strong and independent daughters.

Through her passions, she taught her family to love the beach, ride the waves, and fish the seas. But most importantly, she taught through example that family is everything.

Mrs. Stahley is survived by her four daughters, Susan Stahley, of Washington, Cindy Watson, and her husband, James, of Hammondsport, N.Y., Sandy Connolly, and her husband, Tim, of Brookfield, and Sheila McIntyre, and her husband, Scott, of Burlington, Vt.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Helen Morrison, of Danbury, and Edward Pracuta, and his wife, Anne, of Durham, N.C. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Stella Pracuta, and a brother, Chester Pracuta.

Friends may call at Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, Dec. 12 at 11:15 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Handy Dandy Handyman Ministries, c/o Peter Brady, 26 Shamrock Drive, Brookfield, CT 06804, or to the Mary Stahley Campership Fund, c/o Girl Scouts of Connecticut, 340 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106, to benefit girl Scouts of Brookfield.