Leroy Arno Stippich

July 22, 1921 - Dec. 5, 2011

Leroy Arno Stippich of Waukesha was born to eternal life Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 90. Leroy was born July 22, 1921, in Hayfield, Minn., to Arno C. and Elsie (nee Schmidt) Stippich.

He married Delphia Marie "Del" Vadnais on May 19, 1945, and they enjoyed 55 wonderful years together. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who always put his family first. Leroy was very patriotic and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a faithful and generous supporter of the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, the Salvation Army, Native American rights, the Waukesha Civic Band and the Waukesha Northstar Marching Band.

Leroy will be missed by his children, Robert (Christine) Stippich of Wales, John (Sandie) Stippich of Pewaukee, Mary Stapleton of Rochester and Janet (George) Jordan of Ontario; his grandchildren, Christopher (Wendy) Stippich of Delafield, Joseph (Julia) Stippich of Mukwonago, Matthew (Missy) Stippich of Wauwatosa, Andrew (Jenny) Stippich of Delafield, Nicole (Ross) Collura of Oconomowoc, Sarah (Scott) Schubert of Pewaukee, Kelly (Leah) Stapleton of Oak Creek, Patrick Stapleton of Milwaukee, Kimberly (Jerry) Queisser of Beaver Dam, Jeff (Shannon) Jordan of Waukesha and Amanda (Paul) Seeley of Menasha; his great-grandchildren, Jakob, Caden, Robert, Katie, Kaitlin, Benjamin, Grace, Drew, Angelina, Antonio, Dominic, Harley, Tanner, Sophia, Harrison, Emma, Timothy and Nevaeh; his sisters, Elaine Drydyk of Franklin and Esther Hofmann of Waukesha; and many other family and friends.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delphia; his son, Leroy Charles Stippich; his brother, Alvin Stippich; his son-in-law, Dean Stapleton; and his faithful dog, "Lady."

The family would like to send a special thank-you to Leroy’s nephew and caretaker, Ric, and his dog, Spooky.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Friday, Dec. 9, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Dean Marek will be officiating the service. Entombment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated by the family to the Delphia Stippich Family Fund at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, 9000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53226; the Salvation Army, 445 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53186; or the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, 1301 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 262-542-6609.