Stanley Socha

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Stanley Ben Socha, 84, Pulaski, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018, joining his beloved Agnes in time to celebrate their 61st anniversary on October 5th. The son of Steven and Sophie (Marzelski) Socha was born November 1, 1933, in Krakow. He said he was destined for sainthood as he was born on All Saints Day. Stanley also said that he wanted it noted in his obituary that he graduated from Northwestern (school in Krakow).

On October 5, 1957, he married the love of his life, Agnes Sprangers, at St. Mary’s Church in Algoma. The couple made their home on his ‘little piece of heaven’ in Pulaski. Stanley was a talented mechanic, first at his father’s farm, then in the U.S. Army, and then as a millwright at Fort Howard in Green Bay, where he had been employed for over 30 years. His greatest passion was his little farm, where he would joyfully work the land on his John Deere tractor. He was a man of the earth, planting and tending a huge garden, and giving much of his harvest to the parish produce wagon. He also discovered a passion and a talent for woodcarving. His artwork has found a place in homes around the world. No one treasures his creations more than his girls and their families. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He touched each of our lives in a very special way.

Stanley and Agnes especially enjoyed carrying on the tradition of the Polish Christmas Eve meal with their family, and he always made sure to share the feast with his dog, Brandy. Stanley was a foodie before foodies were a thing. His faith was also very important to him. He was a longtime member of Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Pulaski, where he served as an usher for many years.

Survivors include his three daughters: Jean Slezewski, Pulaski, Diane (Raymond) Peters, Green Bay, and Janet (Tony) Klaubauf, Denmark; grandchildren: Alexander and Maggie Slezewski, Laura (Jason) Peters-Shimko, Katie Peters, and Adam (Holly) Peters, Collin and Benjamin Klaubauf; three great-grandchildren: Bennett, Emma, and Nora Peters; two sisters-in-law: Norma Socha and Alice Socha; Agnes’ family: Margaret Foley, Patrick (Judy) Sprangers, Shirley Sprangers, Jean Sprangers, and Betty Sprangers; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his angel, Agnes, on September 14, 2018; a son-in-law, Steven Slezewski; brothers and sisters: Edmund Socha, Robert Socha, Julius (Elila) Socha, Irene Brylski, Agnes (Roman) Matczak, Gertrude (Jerome) Karcz, Lucille Flaum, Max Socha, and Alex Socha.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13th at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski, Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M. presiding, Fr. James Esser, O.F.M. and Fr. Brendan Wroblewski, O.F.M. concelebrating, followed by military honors by the Pulaski Area Veterans.