Joe Stadler

Obituary of Joe Stadler

Franz, affectionately known as Joe, was a man who could always put a smile on your face with his dry sense of humor. Though he could be stern, he was a very sweet family man. After serving in the Army during the Korean war, one of Joe’s co-workers, Ellen, introduced him to her sister Jane. He took Jane to a St. Bonaventure vs. Canisius basketball game and become absolutely smitten with her. After only three months of dating, he asked for her hand in marriage, but perhaps he should have waited just one more day because his proposal fell on Friday the 13th! Jane told him that she couldn’t answer right away, but as soon as the 13th gave way to the 14th, she unequivocally answered, “yes!” Joe wanted to get married as soon as possible, but Jane, already past the age of 30, told the 29 year old Joe that she couldn’t marry a man who was still in his 20s, so ten days after his 30th birthday, they were married. From that point on she became his queen, and he showered her with love and affection. The two grew their family by three with the addition of Joseph, Peter and Kathleen. He was a loving father and was always there for them whenever they needed him. The family looked forward to Saturdays, as Joe would make his famous homemade pizzas and the kids could indulge in once a week pop privileges! Joe would drive the family all over for vacations. The five of them would often go camping, and have fond memories of visits to Disney World, the White Mountains, Washington D.C., Gettysburg, and Cedar Point. He loved park rides and rollercoasters. Joe loved the Buffalo Bills. Family members knew better than to make a peep during Bills games! He taught Kathleen everything about football, passing down his passion for the game. Joe had many hobbies during his lifetime. He was a part of Drum and Bugle Corps and enjoyed watching Marching Bands. Joe loved to read, and he could finish multiple books in a week. In the 1980s he started taking the bus to work so that he could spend more of his time reading. When the bus dropped him off, he would walk up the sidewalk towards home, with his eyes focused on his book; he had impeccable concentration and sometimes he was so focused on his book that he would walk right past the house. When he was a boy, his parents owned a delicatessen and although he was expected to help around the store, Joe would often be found hiding away reading a book. As an adult he was very meticulous and set in his ways. He saved and recycled everything he could. Joe and Jane loved their church. He was a parishioner at St. John Paul II Church for over fifty years. He was a eucharist minister; he participated in the Holy Name Society and served as president in 1975. He was the proud custodian for Southtowns Catholic School for many years. He and Jane also provided coffee and donuts after the 9:30 am mass starting in the mid 70’s until their retirement from that duty in 2006. Joe had strong work ethic and always focused on doing his job thoroughly. At times he even worked two jobs to support his family. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Joe volunteered to greet the kids off the bus at school to make them feel safe. He and a few other grandfathers that participated were dubbed the “The Grandpa Guards.” The local police even awarded him with his own Kevlar vest, as a thank you for his community service. Being a grandpa in the community could never beat the enjoyment of being grandpa at home. His four grandchildren have fond memories of being read to on his lap while eating donuts, affectionately naming him “Papa Donut.” As a grandfather, he was always present for his grandkids’ extracurricular activities, cheering them on from the sidelines. Joe will be missed dearly by those who were touched by his light and love. Stadler, Franz Joseph “Joe” March 9, 2020 of Lake View, NY. Beloved husband of the late Jane (nee Blake) Stadler; devoted father of Joseph (Cheryl Jean) Stadler, Peter (Cherie) Stadler, and Kathleen (Terry Pierog) Stadler; cherished grandfather of Franz Joseph, Matthew, Sean, and Michael Stadler; loving brother of Charlotte (late Harold) Swartz , Margaret (late William) Borchert, Marie “Linda” (Michael) Golinski, Karl (Debi) Stadler, and the late Helga (Thomas) Dombrowski, Elizabeth (Thomas) Stuff, Martha “Lori” Dragonette; also survived by many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Friends received Thursday from 3-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road (Corner of Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY., followed by a celebration of life at Michael’s Banquet Facility. Mass of Christian Burial to take place Friday at 11:00AM at St. John Paul II, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View followed by a committal service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. Please assemble at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Southtowns Catholic School, 2052 Lakeview Rd, Lake View, NY 14085. Please leave online condolences at
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3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Friday, March 13, 2020
St. John Paul II
2052 Lakeview Road
LakeView, New York, United States

Committal Service

12:30 pm
Friday, March 13, 2020
Holy Cross Cemetery(Lackawanna)
861-929 Fr. Baker Blvd.
Lackawanna, New York, United States