Craig H. Stolze

Stolze, Craig H.

Hemet, CA: Craig H. Stolze, age 93, formerly of West Irondequoit, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2013 in Hemet, CA. Predeceased by beloved wife of 54 years, Charlotte; son, Craig Leigh Stolze. Survived by loving children Ted (Launa) Stolze, Justine (Ronald) Ladowski, Kristen (Allan) Freetage; grandchildren Jill, Zachary, Hannah, Ethan, Thomas; great-grandchildren Caleb, Arabella; siblings Roger (Lori) Stolze, Lois Holmes; numerous nieces and nephews.

A veteran of World War II, Craig proudly served his country as staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, stationed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. A testament to the merits of the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of South Dakota, magna cum laude, in 1949. He was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Illustrious sports columnist and feature writer for the Times Union and Democrat and Chronicle, Craig's journalism career in Rochester spanned 14 years (1969 - 1983) and was highlighted by award-winning coverage of various sporting events, to include the Buffalo Bills, numerous World Series, Super Bowls, and Indianapolis 500's. In his own words, Craig lived the greatest life - one in which he lived his dream in sports and in writing. Retired from Gannett in 1983, Craig and family relocated to southern California.

A family celebration of life and memorial service with military honors is being held graveside at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA on February 25, 2013.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013