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Donald Stolpa

Donald John Stolpa

Tuesday, July 9th, 1935 - Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Donald J Stolpa, age 84, passed away peacefully on April 06, 2020.

Don was born on July 09, 1935 in South Milwaukee to Marie (Pacznesy) and Edward W Stolpa. He was married to Maureen 'Reenie' (Zimmerman) for 62 years. Together they raised 5 children, Jeffery (Marie) Stolpa of Brookfield, WI; Barbara (Chad) Hinsenkamp of New Berlin, WI; Sheryl (Thomas) Gates of Schertz, TX; Michael (Janine) Stolpa of Hartland, WI; Sandra (David) Hippensteel of Las Vegas, NV.

Grandfather 'Papa' to 13 grandchildren, Joshua (Jessica) Hinsenkamp; Jaime (Kollin) Koralewski; Jacob (Lauren) Hinsenkamp; Jared (Fiance’ Kimberlee Weimann) Hinsenkamp; Christopher (Elizabeth Merriman) Hippensteel; Stephanie Hippensteel (Fiance’, Nick Darrow); Stephen (Lauren) Gates; Ryan (Sarah) Gates; Kyle (Wade McKinney) Gates; Jordan Simel-Gray Graham; Collin Stolpa; Maggie Stolpa; Rebeccah Stolpa and 13 great grandchildren.

Shortly after being married, Don served in the Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama for 2 years.

After returning from the military, Don bought Ideal Hardware in South Milwaukee from his father, which he ran until he sold it in 1979. Don and his family moved to Louisiana to enjoy a warmer climate. While in Louisiana, Don worked as a salesman until he retired at the age of 57. Him and his wife set out to see the great United States. Don and Reenie spent the next 9 years living out of their motor home seeing all 48 of the lower states. He even found time to travel a few times to Europe.

Don always found time to volunteer. He was active in the South Milwaukee Jaycees and the South Milwaukee Kiwanis. After moving to Louisiana, he found time to then join the Alexandria Kiwanis, and the Knights of Columbus as a Third Degree Knight. Don could always be found ushering at whatever Catholic church he called home. He was even called to usher at the first mass after his marriage to Maureen.

Even when he lived out of state, he always loved the Packers as well as the Brewers and watched them as much as possible.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward G.

A special thank you to the staff at Clifden Court and St Croix Hospice Care for the care they gave Don in his final days.

Private services will be held at a later date.
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Jane Hanson

Posted at 03:09pm
Dear Reenie & Family - So sorry to hear of Don's passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you all during this trying time. Sending love and prayers - Ken and Jane Hanson
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Lowanda

Posted at 07:17am
Please accept my sincere condolences. Although it's difficult to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back on memories help comfort you tomorrow. Look forward to the wonderful promise when we will meet again that promise is found at John 5:28, 29.
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Randy and Brenda Schock

Posted at 04:20pm
Randy and I are so sorry for your loss. Don was a kind, mild mannered man and was truly blessed to have such a beautiful family.
I believe tears can heal, memories can comfort, Love lives on forever. Keep him tucked inside your heart, he will always be with you.

❤️ Randy and Brenda Schock
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