John Joseph Stanisz Sr.

April 30, 1925July 21, 2018

John J. Stanisz Sr. of Buzzards Bay, MA passed through this life peacefully July 21st after a short illness at the age of 93. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Thelma Stanisz, his four devoted children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and a close family friend. John was born on April 30, 1925 in Great Barrington Mass. He grew up in Pittsfield Mass and attended Great Barrington High School. After graduation John joined the Navy on July 7, 1943 and served as a gunner on the USS Arkansas (BB 33). His service records confirm his combat experiences as follows:  Omaha Beach on D-Day during the invasion of Normandy, June 6 - July 24 th ,1944.  The Invasion of Southern France, Aug 15 – Aug 17 1944.  The Battle of Iwo Jima Feb 16 - March 26 1945  The Invasion of Okinawa April 1 – June 22, 1945, where John was wounded in action. While in service John received the following awards:  Purple Heart  World War II Victory Medal  American Theatre Medal  European – African – Middle Eastern Theatre Medal (2 Stars)  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal  Philippine Liberation Medal  Atlantic Pacific Theatre Medal (2 Stars) Following the war Sarge started a second career with the US Air Force and served honorably maintaining B-29 Superfortress Bombers. John met his future wife, Thelma Narciso Robles at Clark Air Force base while serving in the Philippines in 1969. He retired from the USAF as a Staff Sergeant on February 5 th 1971 and began the next chapter of his life raising his family in Buzzards Bay, MA. He took on a new career with the US Post Office and worked there until his retirement in 1993. In his younger days Sarge was an active golfer. He was also an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time on the waters of Buzzards Bay boating and fishing with his children. John had a great affinity for literature and was an avid reader of history and military novels. He was an active member of the VFW and the American Legion and spent many enjoyable evenings singing karaoke and dancing with his wife and friends there. Sarge loved to dance and would often be seen dancing around the house to keep from pacing while he waited for his four ladies as they prepared for the day’s events. John is survived by: his beloved wife Thelma Stanisz, his daughters; Maribel Driscol-Cicco,and her husband John; Marylou Robles and close family friend Dr. Anne Gryboski; Michelle Norbaka and her husband Keith; and his son, John Stanisz Jr and his wife Hillary. He was blessed with seven grandchildren: Thomas, Maribeth, Stephanie, Lorenzo, Robert, Korynne and Kyle. John’s wake will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home40 MacArthur Blvd Bourne MA on Wednesday July 25th from 4-8 PM.

A Mass will be held at St Margaret's Church, 141 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA on Thursday July 26th St at 11am followed by burial at Bourne National Cemetery, Connery Ave. Bourne, Ma (508) 563-7113 In lieu of flowers please make a donation in John’s name to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association, and the Veterans


  • Thelma N. Stanisz, Wife
  • Maribel Driscoll-Cicco and her husband John, Daughter
  • Marylou Narciso Robles and close family friend Dr. Anne Gryboski, Daughter
  • Michelle Norbaka and her husband Keith, Daughter
  • John Stanisz Jr and his wife Hillary, Son
  • Stanley L. Stanisz, Brother
  • John is also lovingly remembered by his seven grandchildren, TJ, Maribeth, Stephanie, Lorenzo, Robert, Korynne, and Kyle.

John Joseph Stanisz Sr.

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Ann Brogioli

July 25, 2018

Marylou and family,
I have fond memories of your Dad when we were growing up. Very sorry for you loss.
“You are with me that is good. You are gone, the goodness remains.”

With Peace and Love,

Ann Brogioli

Kevin Doherty

July 25, 2018

To John's entire family,

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. John served his country and loved his family. May he rest in peace.