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Mrs. Radday was born in 1937 to Carl

and Vera (Sommers) Kruger of San Fran-

cisco, Calif. She received a bachelor’s

degree at Lone Mountain College and

earned a master’s degree in social work

from Catholic University, after which

she worked in adoption services at Cath-

olic Charities. Later in life she attended

Washington Theological Union, com-

pleted clinical pastoral education, and

became certified as a chaplain.

In 1961 Ellen married Harold Franz

Radday of Brooklyn and accompanied

him throughout his Foreign Service

career with the U.S. Information Agency

(1963-1989), raising their three children

in Kenya, Zanzibar, the Côte d’Ivoire,

Central African Republic, Belgium,

Malta and West Germany.

Mrs. Radday was active in embassy

communities, volunteered in the chil-

dren’s schools and was the embassy’s

Community Liaison Officer in Bonn. On

the family’s return to Washington, D.C.,

in 1986, she joined the National Associa-

tion of Catholic Chaplains and worked

as a chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital,

Sibley Memorial Hospital and Manor

Care Nursing Home.

She participated in faith-sharing

groups (including Cursillo and Part-

ners) and was an influential advocate

for social justice and reform, working

with Voice of the Faithful/SNAP, Call

to Action, FutureChurch, the Women’s

Ordination Conference and the Inten-

tional Eucharistic Communities/Com-


Mrs. Radday was preceded in death

by her husband, who died in 2011, her

brother Peter Kruger and sister Dolo-

res Rodriguez. She is survived by her

children Michael (Sherri), Elizabeth

(Richard Starr) and Jeanne Marie (Sana

Georges); beloved grandchildren Nicho-

las, Victoria, Melissa and Sophia; and

in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made

in Ellen Radday’s memory to a group of

your choice, or to Mary’s Pence (www.


Evelyn Shoup Reed,

93, a retired

Foreign Service secretary, died on Sept.

22 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ms. Reed was born on March 17,

1923, in Salt Lake City, where she and

her older sister Lorraine were raised by

their mother, Martha VanCott Shoup

Hagen. Evelyn graduated from South

High in 1941.

After a brief marriage, she went to

work for the United States government

in 1943. Originally based in Salt Lake

City, she later transferred to San Fran-


In 1958, she began her service with

the State Department Foreign Service

and spent the next 15 years working in

various embassies around the world.

Ms. Reed’s first overseas post was

Yemen. Tours of duty in Pakistan, Nepal,

the Netherlands and Taiwan, as well as

Washington, D.C., followed.

Once while stationed in Washington,

D.C., she had a brush with greatness

when Walter Cronkite held the door for

her as they were entering the United

Nations Information Center.

After a 30-year career in government

service, Ms. Reed retired in 1973. She

and her mother then moved to Sun City,

Ariz., where they enjoyed several years

of sunshine and good friends. In 1978

they moved back to the Salt Lake City

area. Over the next few years, Ms. Reed

cared for her mother through Martha’s

journey into dementia until her death

from Alzheimer’s disease in 1988.

After that, Ms. Reed lived at the

Millcreek Retirement Center. Friends

remember her for her quick wit and

cheerful personality. Because she always

wanted to attend her own funeral, her

friends organized such an event three

years ago, cleverly disguising it as her

90th birthday party. She was delighted

to visit with all who came.

Ms. Reed was preceded in death by

her sister Lorraine, who died at age 14,

and her mother, Martha Hagen. She is

survived by several cousins and their



JoAnn Stoneman,

92, wife of the

late FSO Walter (Stoney) Stoneman, died

on June 20, 2016, in Oro Valley, Ariz.

Born on March 30, 1924, in Teaneck,

N.J., Mrs. Stoneman grew up in New Jer-

sey, Florida and Washington, D.C., and

completed high school, in French, in

Montreal. She graduated from Skidmore

College in 1946.

She went to work for the State

Department in Washington, D.C., and

there met her future husband, Walter

Stoneman, whom she married in 1949.

Mrs. Stoneman was an active Foreign

Service wife. The family maintained a

home in Fairfax, Va., and accompanied

Mr. Stoneman to postings in Burma and

Honduras. In 1976 the couple retired to


Mrs. Stoneman volunteered in hos-

pitals in both Fairfax, Va., and Tucson,

Ariz. She enjoyed reading widely, par-

ticularly about theology and Christi-

anity. She showed an amazing knack

with plants and had a love for Boston

terriers. She was a member of St. Odilia’s

Catholic Church where she started the

Blessed Sacrament Chapel for Eucharis-

tic Adoration in 1984.

Mrs. Stoneman was widowed in 1995.

She is survived by her children Barbara

and Steven, and four grandchildren.