OBITUARY

Keith M. Stolzenburg

July 28, 1959September 4, 2020
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Keith M. Stolzenburg -

“CPA, MBA, and all-around good guy.” The quickest way to sum up who Keith Stolzenburg was just that – the line he used frequently to describe himself. But there was so much to the husband, the father, the son, the brother, the friend, the accountant, the community advocate, the fitness enthusiast, and the immeasurably kind man that has left so many grieving the loss of one of the best people we all knew.

Keith’s resume speaks for itself. He began his career at PwC in 1981 after graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.S. and then an MBA, and progressively worked his way up the ranks at PwC. He retired as the managing partner of the Buffalo PwC office after a 36-year career, earning countless accolades and immense respect along the way. In retirement – or what Keith liked to call his “redeployment” – he was so proud to be a professor in the Accounting Department at the University at Buffalo, and to serve on the Boards of Directors of Farm Credit East and Independent Health.

He was incredibly generous with his time and talents in the community, serving as chair of the board of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, chair of the board of the Darwin Martin House Restoration Corporation, 2018 and 2019 campaign chair for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, board member and treasurer for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Audit Committee member of the University at Buffalo Foundation, treasurer of the board of Trocaire College, board member of Artpark, YMCA of Buffalo, and the WNY MS Society.

We will miss his smile that brightened a room and his sense of humor that made everyone else want to laugh along with him. We will miss his calm demeanor, always weighing the options and making the most ethical, logical choice in work and in life. We will miss the banana and the protein bars he used to take out between meals because his metabolism was faster than seemed humanly possible. We will miss the way he connected with all types of souls, looking at them, not through them. We will miss watching him love Rosanne so dearly, witnessing the team they made with love, strength and partnership that epitomized what a marriage should be. We will miss the love and pride he showed for his kids that knew no bounds. We will miss his humility through continued, incredible professional success. We will miss his goofy one-liners, his sometimes absentmindedness, his ability to make one beer last three hours, his innate ability to connect with kids, his love of fun. We will miss his example to follow, and in any situation, will think about what Keith Stolzenburg would do.

If you knew Keith, you knew where he stood and how much he cared for you in this life and beyond. He left nothing to be resolved, and left a network of friends, of colleagues, and of family who will carry his memory with them for the rest of their lives.

An all-around good guy is how he’ll always be remembered. And what a legacy that is.

To view the Livestreamed Service Thursday Sept. 10th at 10am please visit stolzenburg.alpinestreaming.com

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  • Keith Stolzenburg Scholarship Fund, c/o UB Foundation

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  • Livestreamed Service Thursday 10 am at stolzenburg.alpinestreaming.com

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Bernadette DeBrango

September 12, 2020

Keith was such a fun loving, funny guy. There was a group of us that hung out in the early years and such fond memories. Keith’s duplex was across the street from me and my mom. I remember during one of many snow storms and blizzards Keith coming by often to check on us and with either a snow mobile or sled saying “Heading to Tops what you all need? “ After I left the area, Keith often checked on my sweet Mom, she thought the world of him, as so many of us did. My condolences go out to all his family. Wishing them peace.
Bernie DeBrango

Steve Hunt

September 11, 2020

Although I didn't know Keith personally, I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I only knew him as BigStolzey from Ancestry. It's always hard to lose a Stolzenburg relative, especially when one is so young. From a member of the Nebraska Stolzenburg clan.

John Brodfuehrer

September 11, 2020

Rosanne,

I am so very sad to hear about Keith's passing. "Cousin" Keith was such a wonderful man in so many ways. My thoughts are certainly with you, your children and Keith's mother, my dear Aunt Jackie. The world has definitely lost one of the good guys!

Take care,

John

Matt Adams

September 10, 2020

This news makes me so sad. Keith was a great person and kind of guy who’d do anything for you; and because of that, you for him. I’m hopeful that Keith’s family and close friends will appreciate having so many years to enjoy him, and my guess is that he probably cherished all of your company even more.
Sincerely,
Matt Adams

Doug Watt

September 10, 2020

Rosanne, Eric and Anna -
Marjorie and I are devastated by the news of Keith’s passing. He was a a true original. No airs or ego despite his many accomplishments. Instead, he was a man comfortable in his skin and happy to help. And as you can see from the many tributes, he helped everyone; selflessly.
One of the things I tell people when I describe Keith is how he was so committed to his family and community that he did absolutely everything he could to never relocate despite intense pressure.
We can’t begin to know the depth of your pain and sorrow. All we can do is bask in our memories of the one and only Very Attractive Large Man. (He loved that moniker, which I thought was so funny and so fitting.) We will miss him terribly and we send our very best wishes and our love to all of you.
Marjorie and Doug Watt

PS - Eric, your dad would have been so proud of you today

Don Clayback

September 10, 2020

Rosanne, my sincere condolences to you, Anna, and Eric. I shared time with Keith at PW through 1985 and those were some great years at the Buffalo office. His advancement to ultimately running the place was a great testimony showing you can be successful in business and still be a "good guy". He gave his talents to our community and left a legacy for us to follow. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Arlan Peters

September 10, 2020

Dear Roseann,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Arlan and Dom at the Martin House.

Paul Bird

September 10, 2020

Eric and the Stolzenburg Family,

My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. While I did not know Keith directly, I had the opportunity to learn about him indirectly through my time working with Eric. Eric is a tremendous individual and he shared so many great and admirable stories about his father.

Sending love, hugs and support from my family to yours,

Paul and the Bird Family

Mike Seelig

September 10, 2020

Keith truly was "a jolly good fellow"! Always smiling and encouraging to those he interacted with at PwC. He left a strong legacy at PwC in those he mentored and helped along the way. In my many interactions over the years, I always saw him representing what we refer to as a "partner's partner" - someone you could turn to for advice or an honest assessment on any topic - work or just in life. He was the kind of partner in the Firm we all strove to become and be to one another. The service today and the video tribute were loving reflections on Keith. He will be missed - wishing comfort to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all this week. Mike and Deb Seelig

Chris Nelson

September 10, 2020

Rosanne, Anna and Eric –

As you know, Keith meant the world to us. He was a mentor to me from the first day I joined the firm and he continued to provide me meaningful advice and counsel throughout my career and into his retirement – even as recently as last month! Keith’s fingerprints are all over my career at PwC. More important than that, however, Keith was a close friend. We worked together, often travelled together and shared so many wonderful memories. I was always interested in his parenting advice given his track record of raising two kind, independent, successful kids.
The way Keith invested in people (myself included) is remarkable. I was always so impressed with the way he not only connected with people but built deep, meaningful relationships with them. That all stemmed from the fact that he truly cared about people and put them first.

The verse Father Pat read at the service from Matthew is so fitting for Keith. He was the salt of the Earth and the light in the world. He let his light shine for everyone to see. I know God was pleased with the way he lived.

I have so many fond memories and stories but one I’d like to share is from just a few years ago. Holly was out of town so I took Abby to the Junior League dinner at Salvatore’s. When Keith realized Abby was there it was like she was the only person in the room. He told her it was assigned seating and he was seated next to her. He also told her that he called Salvatore’s before the dinner to ask that he be seated next to her (she still believes he did that, by the way!). Over the course of the evening, Keith made Abby feel so special and important – just like he did with so many others.

We’re so profoundly sorry for your loss, but remember Pastor Ernie’s words from Romans 8:39, “Nothing in all creation can separate you from God’s love, through Jesus.” We love you guys.

Love,
Chris, Holly, Abby, Ryan and Maddy

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