Monica S. Straiton, age 96, of Waconia, formerly of New Prague, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society in Waconia. She was born a twin, the younger of the two, on June 28, 1926 in Mendota to Martin and Susan (Hart) Stevens. She grew up in Westbrook, MN, where she graduated from Westbrook High School. She and her sister enjoyed sports throughout their lives and were active as majorettes in high school, one of the few sporting activities available to girls. They were both on the softball team for Norwest Bank, Monica as the pitcher. It was at one of the games that Monica would meet Thomas P. Straiton, who remained the love of her life until Tom’s death in 2021. They married on March 30, 1950 in Minneapolis. Like her sister, Monica was a gifted seamstress and the two were ahead of their time as entrepreneurs, owning their own drapery business, called Monica and Veronica Draperies. The two were always finding innovations that could improve or streamline their creations. They were both gifted with numbers and used that gift helping elderly people with their taxes. Monica was active in the Democratic Party and served as an election judge. When the drapery business closed it’s doors, Monica worked at Casey’s not fully retiring until her early 80’s.