WEBSTER- Victor Francis Stolarczyk, 97, died peacefully at night on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. He lived his final years at the Webster Manor. After a period of declining health he passed away surrounded by love and care that we only hope lived up to the love and care that he gave to his family, friends and the world, over all the years that he lived. His wife of 60 years, Frances (Darzenkiewicz) Stolarczyk died in 2010. We imagine they are together again, the way they lived, inseparable.
He leaves his daughter Judith S. Earls and her husband Dr. Stephen T. Earls of Holden, his son Victor K. Stolarczyk and his wife Cathy of Sutton and his son-in-law Ronald A. Fontaine of Lancaster; 9 grandchildren: Stephanie, Bethany, Laurel and Jonathan Earls, Ronald and Jamie Fontaine, and Rebecca, Maria and James Stolarczyk; 12 great grandchildren: Christian, Monet, Miles, Julia, Grant, Noelle, Aria, Aidan, Max, Isabel, Thomas and Joshuah; a sister Lorraine Dion of Thompson, CT and a sister-in-law Genevieve Darzenkiewicz of Southbridge, MA; many nieces and nephews and a community at Webster Manor that adored him. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter Joyce B. Fontaine, brothers John, Chester and Vincent Stolarczyk and sisters Stasia Jasczur, Joan Plasse, and Teresa Courtemanche.
Victor was born and lived his whole life in Webster, son of Czeslaw and Aleksandra (Krupinski) Stolarczyk. Family and peers called him “Nito”, a nickname that was coined in youth because of his mispronunciation of the word “nickel”. He was a humble World War II Veteran having served in the Army Corps of Engineers. On the occasion that he would share his experiences, history came to life. A hard worker who made everything seem easy, Mr. Stolarczyk worked as a machinist at Crompton and Knowles Loom Works in Worcester for 38 years. He also worked as a meat cutter at Thrifty Supermarket and was a toll collector on the Massachusetts Turnpike for 5 years. He was a member of Saint Joseph Basilica and held a life membership in the Auburn –Webster Lodge of Elks #2118 and the American Legion.
Victor’s life was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren, who called him “Bumpy”.
Victor was generous and kind beyond measure and exuded a unique combination of playfulness and wisdom. He was smart and engaged a living example of dedication to his family and work. He was the quiet steady force that matched his wife’s spark. In the prime of their life together, he and Frances created a warm home that nourished their children and grandchildren. It was always a treat to go to “Bumpy and Bumma’s” house. Together they were always available to help care for their family. Victor was a gentleman who prioritized fairness and presence, always making the effort, even in his late years, to be a part of family celebrations and holidays and milestones. Bumpy had a sweet tooth like no other. He loved snickers and coke and a nice cup of DD coffee. Those who had the chance to sit with Bumpy knew his gentle yet strong hands and were probably welcomed into a hand squeezing contest (that he usually won). Victor, Nito, Bumpy left the world a better place, with a cultivated legacy of love and peace.
The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the competent and compassionate staff of the Webster Manor for the love and care they rendered to Victor during his time there. They were truly an extended family for him.
The Funeral will be held Tuesday March 27 from the Scanlon Funeral Service, 38 East Main Street, with a Mass at 1:00 PM in Saint Joseph Basilica, 53 Whitcomb Street. Burial will in the Saint Joseph Garden of Peace, with the Webster-Dudley Veterans Council providing military honors. Visiting hours will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Monday March 26 in the funeral home. Donations may be made in his name to either Webster Manor Patient Activity Fund, 745 School Street, Webster, MA, to Hospice of Western and Central Massachusetts, 1325 Springfield Street , Suite 12, Feeding Hills, MA 01030 or the Felician Sisters, 1315 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082. Arrangements are under the direction of Sitkowski and Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School Street, Webster.