Published 12:00 am Friday, May 8, 2009
L. P. “Cy” Stadler, 87
L. P. “Cy” Stadler, 87, of Austin, passed away on April 26, 2009 at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.
Cy was born Dec. 3, 1921 to Elenore (Rainey) and Peter Stadler in Medford, Minn., the 13th of 14 children. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1940 where he excelled in basketball and football, as well as academics. He attended the University of Idaho, the University of St. Thomas and graduated from Dunwoody Institute. Cy studied engineering at all three. He entered the Army in November 1944 as a 1st Lieutenant. He was a unit commander and training staff officer. Cy taught basic military subjects at an infantry replacement training camp. He served four months in Japan with the 32nd infantry division. After World War II, Cy worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Austin, starting there in 1948. He started as a lineman and retired as manager in 1985 after 37 years of service. During that time, Cy was a staunch supporter of Queen of Angels and St. Augustine churches and was active in the Rotary Club, serving a year as president. He was a member of the Elks Club for 50 years, Legion Club, and served the Boy Scouts as Austin District chairman. Cy served on the Boy Scout Council board of directors, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce Citizen Advisory Committee, served as school board finance chairman and was vice president of the Pacelli High School Sports Booster’s Club.
Cy married Mary Kathryn (Thomas) Smith in January 1954. She preceded him in death in 1984. Cy was an avid sportsman and sports fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He was a devoted family man and enjoyed dining out and conversing with his many friends and acquaintances. He will be sorely missed by all.
Survivors include one son, James Peter (Kathie) Stadler, Minneapolis; two daughters, Jill (Don) Milette, Grand Rapids, Lynn (Steve) Dormady, So. Glen’s Falls, N.Y.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Durand, Faribault.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2009 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father John Traufler officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the entire staff at the Blooming Prairie Manor for the wonderful care of our father. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Research and/or Foundation at 225 No. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL, 60601.