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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL

OBITUARY

William W. Stoppenbach

March 9, 1936November 2, 2019
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William "Bill" W. Stoppenbach, age 83, of Brookfield, Illinois, went to be with the Lord on November 2, 2019. Bill was in his home and in hospice care surrounded by loved ones prior to his death. Beloved husband of Janet Marie (Schweisthal); loving father of William "Billy" Stoppenbach, Danny (Casey Tennis) Stoppenbach, Candis Stoppenbach, Jeffrey (Terry Callahan) Stoppenbach, Kathleen M. Kazak, John D. (Susan Kocan) Kazak, and Mary E. (Nathaniel) Sander. Cherished grandfather of fourteen (Jessica, Cassandra, Patrick, Ryan, Meaghan (Barton), Paige, Grace, Chloe, Amanda, Wes, Melissa, Sean, Gwendolyn, and Lucinda); and great grandfather of two (Joseph and Nevaeh). Dear brother of Robert Stoppenbach of Romeoville, IL. Proceeded in death by Darlene Stoppenbach (Bluder), Richard Stoppenbach, Clarence Jr. "Roy" Stoppenbach, and parents Janette M. and Clarence F. Stoppenbach. Fond uncle and cousin of many. Visitation for Bill will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL 60130. Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Inurnment Private. Bill was a cement truck driver for Material Service for over 30 years. He prided himself on being the recipient of many driving awards for safe driving throughout his career. Bill also played darts at St. Paul's Lutheran church, and looked forward to bowling with friends and family at Eden Lanes for the past forty years. Bill loved to golf, and helped many family and friends repair and remodel their homes. In lieu of flowers ("a waste of money" per Bill) donations in his memory and legacy can be sent to Habitat for Humanity -- givehabitatchicago.org. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodlawnchicago.com for the Stoppenbach family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019

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William W. Stoppenbach

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Carolann Zaha

November 7, 2019

Janet, I was so sorry to hear the news that your dear husband passed. Kathleen had told me how very happy he made you through the years. May your memories of happy times shared together warm your heart in the face of your sadness. I am so very sorry for your loss....

Marilou Mika

November 7, 2019

I remember meeting Mr. Stoppenbach on a softball field so many years ago when I was working with Jeff and went to see him play. He was such a nice man!

Jeff and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

Marilou

Jon Magnusson

November 6, 2019

Bill and I bowled and played golf together for many years, he was a great friend with a great sense of humor. He could do or fix anything he always amazed me on how fast he did things and how well he did them. I will miss him and his friendship.

Mary Jane and Jim COLE

November 5, 2019

I just saw this on Facebook. I am so sorry for the family he left behind.
Bill was a kind, generous and caring man. He was a wonderful husband to my cousin, Janet. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.
The neighborhood will miss Bill's awesome Christmas lights!
Rest in Peace, Bill.

Jacqui Phillips

November 5, 2019

It didn’t really hit me until I saw the obituary. I regret that I won’t ever get another one of Bill’s great hugs, or see Bill’s always present smile.

Janet and Bill- what a great team you were together! I am sad to think of you apart- you were never apart. Your marriage was worthy of great admiration.

I have so many wonderful memories at your house growing up. Thinking today of the time Bill made a top for my gerbil cage (a glass fish tank) out of screen and framing, and the time Mary and I made Bill choose who had the cutest (newly painted) toes. I’m remembering how many house projects Bill took on that just kept me in awe and full of envy! (My favorite is still the stained glass window in the living room.) And definitely remembering the many delicious meals and dinner conversations you shared with me at your house. Thank you both for always being so welcoming and loving.

Sending my deepest sympathy and biggest hugs to everyone, and especially to Bill’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Love,
Jacqui

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