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Robert Henry Stollwerck


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Robert Henry Stollwerck Obituary
Robert Henry Stollwerck

AGE: 89 • Holmdel

Bob grew up in Ridgewood NJ and attended Ridgewood High School where he met & married his high school sweetheart Edna Mae Vanderbeck. He was an outstanding athlete in baseball and football. He went on to play football at West Virginia University,

Bob was proud to be an American and was honored to represent his country by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoyed recalling to others the opportunity he had to play baseball with the great Jackie Robinson, while stationed in Panama City. There was always an American flag hanging at the front door of our house.

He went onto a career as a salesman with the West Bend Company.

Bob and Edna settled in Fair Haven NJ to raise their family.

A staunch traditionalist, it was mandatory that we come together as a family for Sunday dinner, where music would be playing in the background. His favorite song was from Man of Lamancha, "The Impossible Dream", which spoke deeply to the man he was and the vision he had for his life. He exemplified the American Dream through hard work and perseverance. He had a tough veneer, but showed his love for his family by being a good provider, civic minded, and living by the Marine Corps motto : "Semper Fidelis", always faithful.

After retiring Bob and Edna enjoyed traveling the country and Europe. He was fortunate to discover and reunite with family from his long lost German ancestry, enjoying many reunions with them. He also volunteered for several organizations.

Over the years Bob enjoyed playing tennis, camping, traveling, sunbathing and "cutting a rug" on the dance floor with Edna.

Bob is predeceased by his "Snow White", Edna, who passed in 2016. He is survived by his 5 children, Dwight Stollwerck (Christine Mihok), Mark Stollwerck, Beth Morris, Jennifer Estela-Stollwerck, and Kathy Breckenridge. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Westley, Christopher, Avery, Whitney, Michael, DJ, Tyler, Kyle, and Alex. In addition, he is survived by 2 great grandchildren: Zoey & Daniel.

A special thanks to caregivers Velma and Jennifer who were devoted to Bob, and were always a tremendous source of support to the family. Thanks also to the staff at The Willows who were so kind and took good care of him.

A private memorial service will be held.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 16, 2017
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