Robert Joseph Stoltz Sr., a longtime resident of Gretna, Louisiana, bid farewell to this world on December 9, 2023, at the age of 97 surrounded by loved ones. Born on March 7, 1926.
Robert will be remembered for his kindness, friendly smile, compassion, and an unwavering spirit. An avid New Orleans Saints fan and lover of sports, Robert's passion for life was matched only by his dedication to his family and friends as he selflessly offered his time and resources to fix about anything anyone asked. He was the modern day Mac Gyver. With his warm smile and kind heart, he leaves behind a legacy of generosity and love that will forever be cherished by those fortunate enough to have known him.
Born in New Orleans, La., a true entrepreneur, he became creative and innovative at an early age building and selling kites to neighborhood kids. He later focused on a to a trade that provided for his family. An accomplished welder Robert retired from Saucer Marine in New Orleans. He welding skills became well known in the area as he built ornamental iron work for many homes and business in the area with his business, R. J. Stoltz Iron Works. Robert was a man that didn’t see anything as impossible. He built his own home and shop one cinder block at a time. No small feat in the 1940’s and 50’s. Robert Stoltz will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by all who were touched by his remarkable presence. He entered and served in the 1st Calvary Division of the U.S. Army at age 17. Robert walked the Burma Highway in the China Theater something he was greatly proud of. His family is duly proud of his service to America as well.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Rita Vicari Stoltz in 1988, his mother Margaret Thiel, Father Joseph Stoltz, Sisters Josephine, Amelia, Collett Pierré, and Theresa, Brothers George, Richard, and Paul.
Survived by his wife Marlene Thibodeaux Stoltz and children, daughter Gail Stolz Doré, Son Robert Stoltz Jr., grandchildren Rochelle Doré and Renee Doré Guidry, Bryan Stoltz, Laurie Stoltz Gegenhiemer, and Jason Stoltz. He had and great grandchildren Harper, Levi, Tucker, Austin, Kaylyn, Kaylee, and Alyssa.
Pall Bearers for Mr. Stoltz, Jim Doré, Michael Guidry, Richard Fraychineaud, Sherald Buras, and Randy Welch.
Visitation will be held at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 9am to 11am. A Funeral Mass will follow in the funeral home chapel. Interment with military honors will be held at Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.
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