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Geraldine Stodola

Issue Date: May 6, 2020

Geraldine "Gerry" (Marik) Stodola, 94, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at her home with family by her side with support of Heartland Hospice. She had recently moved in with her youngest daughter, Chris and her friend, Brian in rural Crivitz.

Born on Halloween, Oct. 31, 1925, to Joseph and Helen (DeGrave) Marik,  on her parents', now Century Farm in Lena, the homestead is now the Lena museum.She graduated from Oconto Falls High School at age 16 and worked in Green Bay at Standard Oil and then Snyder Drug Store. She rode the train north to see her dad every weekend. She married Bernard Stodola on June 9, 1945 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena and they raised nine children on their farm in Klondike. Both were hard workers and involved in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church along with social and local government organizations. 

Friends and family were important to them and they joined in many activities including quilting bees, barn-raising bees, Klondike Church picnics, baseball games, family picnics while bailing hay at "The Forty,' Turkey Shoots, made black and white sausage, fun and polkas at Vance Ste. Marie's, flying kites on Easter Sundays, family celebrations at Shaffer's Park for chicken dinners, helping neighbors with harvesting, reaching out with sympathy, baked goods and helping neighbors and friends that experienced illness, tragedy or death. Even with a big family, there was always an extra place at the table.

A Rosary warrior, as a family they prayed the rosary on their knees daily before the evening farm chores. Her children were grateful and wise for how they were raised. When hearing of other's upbringings the children often thought, "If only they had a Mom like mine." 

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Stodola Bader, Sharon (Howard) Stodola Eslien and Chris Baker (friend Brian Nicastro) and Patricia Stodola Bader; four sons, Kenneth (Monica) Stodola, David (Carla) Stodola, Paul (Christine) Stodola and William (fiancé Debra Ostrowski) Stodola; a daughter-in-law, Susan (James) Stodola; a son-in-law, Michael (Joyce) Spurlock; 23 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband, Bernard in 2000, she was preceded in death by a son, James in 2002; a daughter Joyce Spurlock in 2010 after a traumatic brain injury in 1996; two grandsons, Anthony Stodola in 1997 and Kurt Eslien in 1999; twin great-grandson, Keegan Bernard in 2000; great-grandson, Tyler Gibson in 2017; her father, Joseph, who passed at age 50 on his birthday in 1946; her mother, Helen in 1958; a brother, Joseph X. Marik, Jr. in 1981 and many other friends and relatives. 

The family is planning a Mass of Resurrection followed by a Celebration of Life this summer after the world opens up again. Donations can be made to 40 Days for Life (a campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion business), 4112 East Twenty Ninth Street, Bryan, Tx. 77802, (888) 543-3316 or Heartland Hospice, 1145 West Main Ave., Suite 205, De Pere, WI 54115 (920) 336-6455.


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