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Stanley J. Trzonkowski, Jr.March 2, 1945 ~ July 24, 2017 (age 72)
Stanley would like to let you know that he is officially retired - his work here is done. He received the call, well a call that is more of an offer that he could not refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. He is shooting up to the Heavens and thankfully he got over his acquired fear of flying and the inevitable TSA – Transportation Safety Angels! His new project comes with a huge sign-on bonus and a reunion with family and friends. The new job offers an excellent level of security and is in a place where it is eternally Cinco de Mayo, the economy is always strong, and the politics are always in his favor.
His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be Polka dancing, socializing, gardening, cooking, baking, wood working, tinkering, and is also a place with a never-ending supply of crossword puzzles and sound proof rooms where he can practice (he needs it) his amazing accordion skills. The new assignment is beach-front where he will also be afforded unlimited breaks to fish, catch pelicans, pick crabs, and walk the beach while smoking an occasional pipe or two. Throughout all of this he will have his camera, or three, around his shoulder documenting the journey where he will promptly develop the pictures in either his new dark room or from the little portable printer he always had to have with him.
His new assignment has unlimited food that is delicious where you never gain a pound or need to worry about the salt content, cholesterol, sugar levels, or fat. It is always the midnight buffet on the Lido deck while cruising the Caribbean or Bermuda and is an eternal meal plan with endless options greater than those of Walt Disney World. Also, some perks of this new assignment let him go back out on the field as they have a strict extracurricular policy (three sports per year) and he will once again be donning his cleats and shoulder pads, his garish golfing attire, but most of all his beloved catcher’s mask and glove. Even though the smell just dissipated from his gear about two-years ago, they will let him take it out of storage and boy do we feel sorry for everyone up there. His gear retained the smell from the “Yard” at Christ our King, the grass stains from Sallies, and dirt from the fields at the University of Delaware and beyond. He hung up those dreams many years ago to pursue a dream of working in the expanding Space industry and government of all levels as an engineer.
Music, laughter, and love are guaranteed. Another guarantee is that he will be a father and teacher to many as he was here to all of us.
He left detailed instructions for his wife and son to celebrate his mission which has now been completed. Low adherence to his instructions will not be tolerated and his wife and son know this!
We want to let him know that he did a great job and wish him a safe journey onward. We will remember his smile, his warmth, his energy, his love for life, and how he imparted them to family, friends, and colleagues, many of whom over time also became friends. He worked very hard all of his life up until the very end and this fight is how he was recognized and chosen for this mission.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Oleksy), and his son, Andrew; his mother, Irene (Malinowski); brother Lawrence (Mary, Susan, Laura, Michael, Leslie, and little Addie) Trzonkowski; and brother-in-law Charles (Kira, Justin and Diana) Oleksy. He is pre-deceased by his father, Stanley J. Trzonkowski Sr.; father-in-law, Francis Oleksy and beloved mother-in-law, Christine (Szczepanowski) Oleksy; and sister-in-law, Barbara Oleksy. In addition, his memory lives on with his family at Club Fed where his chair will always remain open, a cold one always available, and where Bruce always provides.
We invite you to join us and celebrate together as this journey begins on Monday, July 31, 2017 at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, Delaware, 19808. A viewing will be held beginning at 10:30AM, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 12:00PM. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ministry of Caring, to help and assist their mission and journey, 115 E. 14th Street Wilmington, DE 19801 or online at www.ministryofcaring.org.
Ministry of Caring
115 E. 14th Street, Wilmington DE 19801