Walter and Dorothy Stefanski, ages 91 & 87, of Aniwa, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at their home.
Walter was born on June 20, 1926 in Aniwa, the son of the late Joseph and Antonine (Konkol) Stefanski. Dorothy was born on January 5, 1930 in the Town of Texas, the daughter of the late Harry Sr. and Lillian (Stubbe) Zunker.
Walter was a US Air Force Veteran serving in the Korean War.
The couple was united in marriage on December 6, 1952 in Wausau. Walter and Dorothy purchased the Aniwa Hardware Store from Leonard and Maude Kautza in 1955. Together they owned and operated the store until 1982. Walter and Dorothy were very family orientated and took many family trips together. The couple loved attending their grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events. Dorothy enjoyed flower gardening, baking and cooking. While Wally enjoyed all sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers. The couple were faithful members of Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo.
Survivors include five children, Delores (Steve) Kohler of Antigo, Eugene (Diane) Stefanski of Antigo, Cheryl (Lou) Suchon of Mosinee, Bonnie (Mark) Nieforth of Antigo and Nancy (Roger Nowitzke) Stefanski of Mosinee; 12 grandchildren, Alex, Fredrick, Clint, Brandon, Aaron, Kristin, Nicole, Katie, Andrea, Allison, Ted and Ryan and 14 great-grandchildren. Dorothy is also survived by two brothers, Eugene Zunker and Harry Zunker both of Weston.
Walter and Dorothy were preceded in death by their parents as well as Walter’s eight siblings, Lucy Sandquist, Genevieve Stefanski, Angeline Gunderson, Delores, Edward, Clem, Eugene and Roy Stefanski.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo. Rev. David Karolus will officiate. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Aniwa with military rites conducted by the Darling Gunderson American Legion Post #341. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9AM until the time of service at the church.