Stanley Patrick Shemanski, 67, of rural Berlin (formerly Wautoma), passed away February 3rd, 2021 with his beloved wife and three children at his side. With Stanley’s passing so goes a life filled with compassion, acceptance and understanding in the service to others.
Stanley was born February 3rd, 1954, the second youngest of seven children to Dr. Leonard S. and Frances M. (Kraus) Shemanski in Wautoma, Wisconsin. Those who knew and loved Stanley (a number far beyond measure) often said Stanley’s concern and compassion for others were the foundation of his life’s purpose. Stanley did not judge people by social status, education level, race, life choices or past mistakes. Rather, Stanley provided support, encouragement, understanding and love no matter one’s life story.
Stanley graduated from Wautoma High School in 1972 and went on to begin his professional studies at Marquette University, an experience that changed his life forever. During Stanley’s time at Marquette he found his purpose (that of service), made lifelong friendships, witnessed Marquette win the 1977 NCAA basketball championship and created a bond with his beloved university that would last a lifetime. Stanley carried his Marquette library card in his wallet through the entirety of his adult life.
On August 28th, 1982 Stanley married Susan Leigh Shemanski; they spent over 38 blessed and wonderful years together. They had three children: Wesley Allen, Clara Leigh and Sydney Jean. Stanley and Sue began their life together in Wautoma, eventually moving to Berlin in 1987. Stanley lived the last 22 years of his life at his beloved “Warren Pond Farm” outside of Berlin. The property was the sight of first communions, graduations, birthdays, weddings and a place to gather with friends and loved ones. Stanley took great pride in his property, always looking at ways to improve it; working tirelessly in his beloved gardens, canning, maintaining the yard like a golf course; of which all brought him great joy. Stanley always valued hard work and an ethical approach to every decision he made. Stanley’s life’s work included running a group home, owning his own real estate business and working for Waushara County and the State of Wisconsin in leadership roles in the human services field.
Stanley was so grateful and appreciative of all that he saw himself as having and never begrudged anyone for what they had. If there was an example of what living your faith and beliefs means, Stanley was the epitome.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; beloved step-father Allen Barnes; one sibling, Steve Shemanski and a nephew; Matthew Olkiewicz.
He is survived by his three children whom he loved dearly, Wesley (Amber) Shemanski, Clara (Jeremy) Voigtlander, Sydney (fiancée Matthew Renik) and his beloved grandchildren, Aleksei Stanley Shemanski, and Flora Voigtlander. Stanley leaves behind countless other family, friends, coworkers and passing strangers alike who were impacted by his unwavering kindness, selflessness and ardent concern for the well-being of others. If each of us would simply adopt just a percentage of Stanley’s character traits, the world would surely be a better place. Stanley has left us far too soon, but the positive impact he had on this world will resonate through all those who were touched by his grace for years to come. Stanley would want all of us to not mourn his passing for long, as our time would be better served lending a helping hand to others.
We ask that you join us for sharing memories of Stanley on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 with relatives and friends paying their respects to Stanley and visiting with the family at the Grace English Lutheran Church of Berlin from 9:00am to 12:00pm, with a private Funeral Service to follow. Stanley has requested his remains be cremated and will be buried in Pine River Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Marquette University, Grace Lutheran Church of Berlin and Milwaukee Rescue Mission in his memory.
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*Note- Masks will be required at the visitation. A virtual facebook option will also be available for the service. Stahl Funeral Services of Wautoma are assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit, www.stahlfuneralhome.com to share your condolences online with Stan’s family.
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