John "Jack" Stoltz

John "Jack" Stoltz, 61, of Columbus, passed away Monday, April 17, 2006 following a brief, but valiant battle with cancer.

Jack was born on Aug. 4, 1944 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Milwau-kee,

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and from Marquette University Law School in 1969.

On Aug. 10, 1968 he married Mary Ellen Ross in West Bend.

Jack practiced law in Columbus since 1971, first as an associate with the firm of Callahan and Arnold, then as the founder of the law firm that eventually became Stoltz, Strohschein and Green, which merged with his predecessor firm to become the longest continuing law firm in the state of Wisconsin.

As a practicing attorney in the areas of Columbia/Dodge/Dane counties for over 35 years, Jack was respected as a tough, fair, passionate advocate for his clients and a fierce defender of the law and its underlying principles.

He served as the chair of the Board of Directors of Columbus Community Hospital, was a member of the Monogram Club of the University of Notre Dame, founder of the Ryan-Powell-Carroll Scholarship Fund at the University of Notre Dame and held other leadership roles in his community.

He was co-captain of the West Bend High School football team and captain of the swim team.

He was captain of the Notre Dame swim team in 1965-66 and remains a record holder at that institution.

Jack was a simple guy who loved his family and friends, being outdoors and having a great time.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, the Hon. Robert J. Stoltz in 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Mary; his daughters, Missie (Andrew) Bradley of Prairie du Sac, Megan Stoltz (Mark Gladue) of Monona and Maren Stoltz (fiancˇ, Ross Harms) of Richland Center; a grandson, Bjorn Bradley; his mother, Kathleen Stoltz of West Bend; a brother, Jim Stoltz (Carol) of West Bend; and a sister, Jane Stoltz (John Idzikowski) of Milwaukee.

He is also survived by nephews, Kyle and Robert "Spike" Stoltz, as well as many beloved cousins, relatives and friends.

Everywhere Jack went, he made new friends and they remained friends for life - a result of the combination of his quick wit and his ability to use humor to connect.

He was a man who touched many people and will be sorely missed.

He set the standard, and simply by his example taught so many of us what it means to work hard, play hard and love so deeply that it lasts forever.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20, at the Jones-Jensen Funeral Home, 248 S. Ludington St., Columbus, from 4 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the funeral service to be held at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church of Columbus at 1 p.m. on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to "Creating Hope" Lung Cancer Campaign, UW Foundation or to Columbus Community Hospital Foundation.