Stuart "Stu" Kulpinski
Stuart (Stu) H. Kulpinski, passed away peacefully after a long courageous battle against cancer for the last 4 years on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Stu was under the loving care of the Aspirus Hospice House with his family close by his side. He was born December 14, 1960 in Wausau, son of the late Chester and Virginia Kulpinski. On February 2, 1991 he married Lori (Anstutz) Kulpinski in Aspen, CO on the top of Ajax Ski Mountain.
Stu was a devoted husband, family man and a good friend to many who knew him. He touched many people in so many ways, because once you met Stu you never forgot him. Stu started out working for his uncle Harvey Krueger at Wausau Brick & Gypsum. After the loss of his father, as a senior at Wausau East High School, Stu attended U.W. Stout graduating with a bachelor degree in Sales & Marketing with an education minor. Stu came back to Wausau to work again for his uncle at Wausau Brick & Gypsum. Stu was always involved in sports and the health & fitness industry. He helped coach the Wausau East/West Girls Gymnastics team taking the team all the way to State one year with the assistance of his wife, Lori and Lori's first cousin Susie (Pavek) Shinners. Stu went on to open Wausau Health & Fitness with his good friends Scott Tesch and Jim Jaworski. Stu loved the ski industry as well and had worked for his late uncle, Carmelo Oliva, at Rib Mountain Ski Hill along with Stu's late father Chester. Stu went back to work at the ski hill, now known as Granite Peak Ski Resort for 12 years as the head manager for snow making & grooming. In the last recent months, he was employed in Merrill by Island City Engineers.
Stu was always very active and had many interests in his life. In his early years Stu was into body building and lifting weights. Stu loved to ski and went on many ski trips with his wife, Lori. Stu loved watching sports and participating in sports with his two sons. Stu helped coach both of his son's football teams with great pleasure and joy. Stu had a great love for the Green Bay Packers and watching NASCAR. He also enjoyed boating in the summer months with his family. Stu loved vacationing every year with his family in Cancun, Mexico over the past 12 years.
Survivors include his wife, Lori, along with two sons Micah and Jag, Wausau; and many other relatives and great friends.
Stu was preceded in death by both his parents Chester and Virginia Kulpinski and many other family members
A Time of Sharing will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the Time of Sharing at the funeral home on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been set up at People's State Bank as a college fund for Stu's children. Also, a plaque will be established in honor of Stu's memory at the Aspirus Hospice House.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr Ahuja and his entire staff at the Aspirus Wausau Cancer Center, Aspirus Hospital and the nursing staff on the oncology floor and Dr Eugene Kwon and his staff at Mayo Clinic. And a heart felt thank you to the wonderful professionals at the Aspirus Hospice House who were so caring, kind and loving to Stu and his family during his final days.