Walter J. Stolarzyk, Sr., 84, of Ashland, WI passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at his residence with his loving family near his side. He was born May 31, 1935 in Mason, WI, the son of John A. and Josephine (Vaillancourt) Stolarzyk.

He rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army and was in the reserves for 27 years. On July 19, 1958 he was united in marriage to Theresa A. Karaba in Ashland. He was employed by the C. Reiss and Koch Coal Companies for over 41 years. He owned and operated the Hillmor Supper Club south of Ashland for over 13 years and was the Town of Gingles Chairman for over 30 years. His greatest enjoyment was helping and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Theresa, of Ashland; children, Deborah (Joe) Reimer of Marshfield, WI, Walter, Jr. (Carita) of Blaine, MN, Barbara (Frank) Hanson of Ashland, WI, Stephen (Tammy Drees) of Stewartville, MN and Geraldine Stolarzyk of Ashland; grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Hannah, Mykaela, Derek, Jenae, Danny & Brett Stolarzyk, Brandon, Andrew & Ashley Hanson; great-grandchildren, Davie Mae and Kylie Josephine; brothers, John (Joyce) of Watertown, WI, Andrew (Carol) of Madison, WI, George (Jean) of Ashland, WI, James (Cindy) of Dexter, MO and Thomas of Madison, WI; sister, Helen Gregoire of Ashland; special friend, Jerry Tyler and his canine companion, Bo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ann Miller and Marion Johnson; brother, Wilfred and grandson, Ryan Hanson.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Walter will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland with Father Jerome D’Souza as Celebrant. Military Honors under the auspices of the United Chequamegon Area Veterans will immediately follow the service.

A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Church in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.

Interment in Saint Agnes Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI.

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