Stena Macall Dowling, 75, passed away peacefully in Fallon, NV on April 8, 2022. Stena was born to Thomas and Lydia Macall on May 11, 1946, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley’s Panorama City, CA.
After graduation from James Monroe High School, Stena was a Children’s Librarian at the Redwood City Public Library for 10 years. In January 2020 she was honored for her 34 years of service as a school bus driver with the Churchill County Transportation Department in Fallon, NV. Stena loved everything about safely driving the kids to school and back, and she was also known for her collection of trophies from the annual School Bus Road-eo competition.
Stena was a lifelong musician, playing piano, organ, violin, and singing in various choirs. At just 12 years old she began teaching piano and also played piano as part of the California children’s performing troupe “Silver Stars.” During the '80s and '90s, she was the church organist at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fallon, NV and the NAS Fallon Protestant Chapel.
Stena is preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Sara Dowling and Star (Joey) Olsen; Grandchildren Steven, Kate, Olivia, and Joe; Siblings Dagmar (Jack) Kramer, Pete (Cindy) Macall, Tom (Marian) Macall, Norie (John) Lessig, and Rosie (Keith) Black, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday November 5th at 11am at The Gardens Funeral Home in Fallon, NV with potluck to follow. Correspondence to: P.O. Box 1534, Fallon, NV 89407-1534.
In lieu of flowers, please give a book or music lessons to a child you love or donate to your local library.