William Edwin Stolecki, 92, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Presently a resident at Tatnuck Park Assisted Living in Worcester, Bill and his devoted wife Eunice lived in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts for 58 years, where they raised their children.
Born in the Bronx, Bill spent many years of his early childhood in Blankenburg, Germany with his grandparents, but returned to New York at 10 years old. He was the son of Edmund and Elsie (Bismark) Stolecki.
Bill leaves behind his adoring wife of 68 years, Eunice (Randall) Stolecki; his four children and their spouses, John E. Stolecki and Kathryn Armstrong, Jane (Stolecki) Neergheen and Chabilal Neergheen, James W. Stolecki and João Mendes, Joseph A. Stolecki and Bonnie (Brackett) Stolecki; his six grandchildren, Maple Stolecki and Isin Ozaksoy, Joshua Stolecki, Lucinda Neergheen and husband Aaron Druck, Vanessa Neergheen, Jessica Stolecki, and Alyssa Stolecki; and three great-grandchildren, Kayla Stolecki, Cain Stolecki, and Remy Druck. He also leaves his brother Ralph Stolecki and wife Paula (Ciafone) Stolecki of West Harrison, New York, and five nieces and nephews, along with many members of his extended family, the Randalls of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
During World War II, Bill joined the Navy as an Electronic Technician’s Mate Third Class until July 1946. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and after graduating worked as a mechanical engineer until he retired.
He loved the outdoors, nature, and especially the sunshine. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. His bright blue eyes were so engaging and his smile was infectious.
Burial will be at the convenience of his family. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Western & Central Massachusetts, 1325 Springfield Street, Feeding Hills MA 01030 or to the Forest Park Donation Account, City of Springfield, 200 Trafton Road, Springfield MA 01108.