Stanley Rys, 92, passed away peacefully in his La Jolla home. His life was serving others. Growing up in Massachusetts, he loved to fish and play baseball.
WW II changed his dreams. He earned a Purple Heart
and Bronze Medal from Normandy thru D-Day. He later helped war refugees, served in the Mass. State Police, attended Fordham University, and served as a pharmacist.
In 1956, with 3 boys under age 5, Stan and his wife, Sophie, drove to visit California, and have been here ever since. They found their "Jewel" in La Jolla where they raised seven children.
Stan was among the first group of USC Doctor of Pharmacy graduates. He worked as a pharmacist at Scripps Hospitals, Bird Rock Pharmacy and Rexall Drugs. He was a member of Mary Star of the Sea Church, American Legion, Scripps Hospital and Juvenile Diabetes Foundations, and many charities. His greatest contribution was giving of himself and his faith, especially to his family and the poor.
Stan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sophie; daughter, Genie; six sons, Stan Jr. (Jan), Paul, Frank (Olga), Robert (Silvar), Joseph (Beth), and Christopher (Daniela); and five granddaughters. He was predeceased by his brother, Walter; and parents, Joseph and Mary.
Burial was held at Miramar National Cemetery. A Memorial Mass and Celebration will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 10:30am at Mary Star of the Sea Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the needy are suggested.