150x207-2575418William P. “Bill” Stolz, 86, of Auburn, entered into the loving embrace of our Lord on Saturday March 1, 2014, joining his wife of 57 years, Pauline A. (Claffey) Stolz who passed away in 2003.

His large loving family includes his children, Suzanne Staffieri of Worcester, Marilyn Lawson (deceased), Kathleen Stolz of Worcester, Tom and his wife, Diane of Southington, CT, Tim and his wife, Pam of Holden, Marty and his wife, Janice of Oxford, Mike and his wife, Fran of Eden Prairie, MN, Chris and his wife, Cheri of Hampton, VA, 21 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, two sisters, his daughter, Marilyn Lawson, and his son-in-law, Joseph Staffieri.

He was born in New York, son of the late John and Mary (Ritter) Stolz. Upon graduation from High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy serving his country proudly during WW II. During basic training he met the love of his life, Pauline, at Sampson Naval Base, Geneva, New York.

Bill earned the position of Assistant Vice President of Marketing for the Worcester Insurance Company before retiring in 1990 with almost 30 years with the organization. He was proud to have earned his CPCU designation in Insurance and his role as an educator and mentor for helping others receive their designation.

Bill’s love of his family was evident to anyone who met him. His “bragging” about his grandkids was only matched by his passion for education. His thirst for learning was an inspiration to his children and grandchildren, leading to an accumulated 36 bachelor or graduate degrees and numerous professional certifications. After retirement, Bill served as a mentor for local students across the Worcester Dioceses and participated in the WISE program for over 10 years.

He always told his grandchildren, “to know the world, you must see the world.” He and Pauline traveled extensively, meeting their goal of visiting all 50 states. His travels extended beyond the USA, including several trips to Europe and Central America.

He treasured his gift of faith and demonstrated it throughout his life. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Parish in Auburn where he served for many years as a Lector, Extraordinary Minister, Usher and CCD teacher. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Bill’s family on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 4:00-7:30 PM in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10 AM in Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street North, Auburn. Following cremation, a private burial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ‘Adopt-A-Student’ at 49 Elm St, Worcester, MA 01609, in memory of Bill.