In 1920 when you were born

Above a shop in the heart of town where

Street cars ran and clicked along

Rough cobbled street you learned to roam.

In school you stayed, learned with hands

That over years turned frayed.

Formed machines of purpose that man had made.

Black with weld, iron pipe, steel bands.

Four of us have called you “Dad”

For fifty years and more

You were the hand of family

That steered our boat to shore.

We never saw you go to work

For we were safe in bed…

You left before the morning sun

Could wake our sleepy heads.

When we were wrong or naughty

You let us know, the best

“The look” was aimed to put us right

Until we left the nest.

You were the Head (as Mom, the Heart)

You knew which way to go

To steer the ship called Family

Through storms and rain and snow.

And that was your job, and that’s the way

Through all the years as we were clay

You shaped us too, as you shaped that steel.

You steered our ship, port, bow and keel.

You kept us safe, then let us go

To sail ourselves through rain and snow

To find our ports alone…not scared

For you taught us best…we were prepared.

I am, because you are.

A saying that is true.

I am the person standing here

In part, because of you.

Claire Huolihan
For Dad

Richard John Stasiak, age 94, died on November 22, 2014 at Waterford (formerly Libby’s House) in Plymouth.

He was born on August 8, 1920 in Milwaukee to Ludwig and Clara (Marczynska) Stasiak.

Richard was born and raised in Milwaukee and served in World War II in the U.S. Coast guard aboard the USS Shreveport. It was then that he met Susan Duska and they were married in Perth Amboy, NJ on September 29, 1945.

Together they raised 4 children in Milwaukee as well as caring for Richard’s parents who always lived with the family.

In 1968, the family moved to rural Elkhart Lake where Richard was able to live until age 93+, moving 7 months ago to Cedar Bay Assisted Living and the last 4 months at Waterford.

Richard was a welder/fitter all his working years, retiring from Vilter Mfg. in 1982. He also disciplined himself to be a “life-long learner” and was particularly a fan of G.K. Chesterton.

A devout Catholic, Richard was a proud member of the Holy Name Society while in Milwaukee, a parish council member at St. Anna Catholic Church and a current member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Elkhart Lake.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Susan (in 2002).

Survivors include his four children: Sandra (Jerry) Robb and their children: Adam Robb and Carolyn Robb (Fiancé: Brian McDonald and his sons: Brad, Max and Alex); Claire Huolihan and her children:

Amanda (Jim) Vandenberg and Beau (Amanda) Huolihan and their daughters: Miylah and Harlynn; John (Diane) Stasiak and their sons: Tony Stasiak and Tyler (Candy) Stasiak and their children: Landon, Charleigh and Eathan and step great grandchildren: Heather, Noel and Brady; Joe (Karen) Stasiak and their children: Michael Roehrig and daughter Ava, Mark Roehrig and Melissa (Nate) Doebert and their children: McKenna and Kylin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday morning (November 28th, 2014) at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake. Father Dan Volkert, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Aquinas North Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday (Nov. 28) at the Resurrection Chapel at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Richard’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online

Condolences, please visit

The family would like to thank the loving staff at Waterford who cared for Richard like he was their own, the staff at St. Nicholas Home Health & Hospice for his care the past 4 years and Dr. Scott Stillwell for the compassionate medical care given to Richard the past 26 years and medical and moral guidance the past few months.

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