Dr. Stanley H. Wolosz, lifelong Worcester resident, passed away on Friday morning following an extended illness. He is now reunited with his cherished wife, Eleanor, who passed away in 2012.
Born in 1929, Stanley was the son of Alexander Wolosz and Lucyna (Skurski) Wolosz. He was predeceased by three brothers, Henry, John and Joseph, and a sister, Helena Stoklosa. He was devoted to his nine children, Catherine Wolosz (deceased), Colonel (U.S. Army Retired) Stanley H. Wolosz II (wife Jungmi), Kirsten M. Wolosz Ireland, Keith F. Wolosz, Barbara J. Latour (husband Gerald), Derek J. Wolosz, Maria K. Renda (husband Jonathan), Justin J. Wolosz (wife Allison), and Gretchen A. Savaria (husband Matthew) as well as his ten grandchildren, Keith Wolosz, Erin Wolosz, Shannon Latour, Alicia Ireland, Olivia, P.J., Kaitlyn and Tyler Renda, and Shea and Alexander Wolosz. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, extended family members, and friends, all of whom he loved dearly.
Stanley graduated from Commerce High School in 1947, and went on to receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Worcester State College, and his Doctorate in Education from Calvin Coolidge College. He worked for the Worcester Public Schools for 39 years, first as a teacher and then as a school principal. He served Granite Street School as its beloved principal for 21 years before retiring in 1991, when he received the key to the city of Worcester from Mayor Jordan Levy.
Those close to Stanley will recall his contagious smile and unique sense of humor. His warm and congenial nature made him a friend to all, as he always had a story to tell, often about his childhood “down the island.” Nothing made him happier than causing a child to laugh, whether that child was a member of his family or a student at his school. Stanley was a talented athlete and sports lover all his life; he played baseball at a semi pro level, football, and basketball, was a football referee, and was a member of the Polish Falcons.
Stanley was a devout Catholic who attended Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Boosters, served as their secretary, received their diamond pin award, and was inducted into the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame. He also attended St. John’s annual Novena of Grace for 70 years.
Stanley was always very proud of his Polish heritage and he loved traditional Polish food, in addition to Kimball’s Ice Cream and fish and chips on Fridays. But more than anything else, Stanley loved his family. He often stressed that family was the most important thing in his life, and would go out of his way to visit his children and grandchildren, never without something sweet for the little ones. Following his wife’s passing, he visited her grave daily for as long as he was able. He was a bright light in the lives of those who knew him.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 6 from HENRY - DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward St., with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours in the funeral home will be on Wednesday, July 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St., Worcester, MA 01610 or the Crotched Mountain Foundation, 1 Verney Drive, Greenfield, NH 03047-5000.