Walter J. Stanis(1920 - 2015)

Walter J. Stanis, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Milford Center in Milford, DE. At the center, Walter thrived for the last two years of his life where he enjoyed the company of his fellow residents and the center's activities. He was well cared for by many kind aides and nurses.

Walter was born on February 27, 1920 in Jersey City, NJ, to Lithuanian immigrant parents, Michael and Estelle. He had an older brother, Paul and a younger sister, Mary. As a young man, Walter worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Queens, NY rail yards. On April 1, 1942, he was inducted into the 45th Army Division where he served with the 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Africa, Anzio, Italy and then through France and Germany as a Reconnaissance Sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he wrote a lovely children's story of his World War II experiences.

In 1947, Walter married Ellen, together they moved to her hometown in Schenectady, NY, where he worked for the D & H Railroad. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, and camping in the Adirondacks. With his father-in-law, he enjoyed ice fishing and picking mushrooms in the pine forests.

Upon retirement, Walter and his wife moved to Milford, DE and then to Rehoboth Beach where they lived for the last 30 years. During this time, he had the companionship of a dog named Maria and a cat named Augie.

It was during his retirement that Walter's artistic talents emerged. He painted many local scenes including the Henlopen Lighthouse, the Mispillion Lighthouse, the Milford Parson Thorne Mansion and the Ross Mansion. Walter was a member of the Rehoboth Art League before taking up wood carving with a group at the Rehoboth Senior Center. He carved hundreds of objects including ducks of all types, cardinals and other birds, dogs, handles for canes and many fun Santas and Snowmen.

After an illness in 2008, Walter was confined to a wheelchair at his home. He occupied his time assembling jigsaw puzzles, solving the daily newspaper jumble puzzles and occasionally playing the piano. Meals on Wheels kindly delivered his lunch daily for four years. The Delaware Hospice and Visiting Angels helped him stay in his home as his health declined.

A loving man, Walter was kind, generous and always had nice words for all.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ellen Stanis, his daughters Nancy Zeitler and her husband James and Carol Stanis, as well as nieces and nephews: Janet, Marilyn, Walter, Debbie, Howard, Donald, Kathy, Michael, Walter and Susie.

All services are private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.

Memorial contributions may be made in Walter's memory to Meals On Wheels, 32409 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE 19958.

Please visit Walter's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at

Funeral Home

Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium
16961 Kings Highway Lewes, DE 19958

Published in Milford Beacon from Feb. 2 to Feb. 11, 2015