Stanley J. Wolnik

1924 - 2023

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Stanley J. Wolnik passed away peacefully at the age of 98, following a brief illness. Stanley was born on July 26, 1924 in Lowell, MA, to Theodore and Sophie (Fryc) Wolnik descendants of Krakow, Poland.

Stanley is survived by his beloved wife Vera (Archinski) Wolnik, with whom he was married to for over 73 years.  He is also survived by his four children, Stephen Wolnik of Worcester, MA, Valerie Gardner of Chelmsford, MA, Michael Wolnik and his wife Lisa (Annaldo) of North Andover, MA, and Richard Wolnik of Derry, NH.

He is affectionately known as Dziadziu to his 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two brothers Raymond Wolnik and Theodore Wolnik. He was predeceased by his daughter, Andrea.

Stanley and Vera have lived independently in the home they built and loved in Chelmsford, Ma since 1956.  He was a member of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford.

Stanley cherished all the special times spent with his family.  He was kind, supportive, helpful, and adored by all his family.  Sports was a big part of his life.  He coached his children on many youth baseball teams, obtaining championships with Fitts Little League and a State Senior League title.  He was an accomplished ten-pin bowler and member of the 650 Club with many trophies.

Stanley was a proud US Navy WWII Veteran. He served his country aboard the USS LST and LCT at the Battle of Normandy, D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. He was the recipient of the WWII Victory medal. He also received the Combat Action Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon.

Stan graduated from Lowell High School in 1941. After serving in the US Navy in WWII, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics from Boston University in 1952.  He attended Northeastern University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1956.

Stan worked as a physicist at the US Air Force Geophysics Research Labs in Bedford, MA, until his retirement in 1986. He published his research findings in astrophysics in 1964, 1965 and 1970.

Calling hours are private.  A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Church, North Rd., Chelmsford, MA at 11 am Monday, February 6, 2023.  All are welcome.  Burial to take place at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford.  In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to St. Mary Church, Chelmsford, MA, Parish Offices 115 Middlesex Street, Chelmsford, MA 01863.

2 Condolences for Stanley J. Wolnik

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    Jeffrey Wolnik


    My deepest sympathies to Aunt Vera, Michael, Dick, Steven, Valerie and the rest of your family. My Dad just shared this news with me today. You are all in my thoughts.

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