Stanley Major, 99, Stevens Point, died Wednesday, Sept. 14,
2016, at Care Partners Assisted living in Stevens Point.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Stanislaus Church of Holy Spirit Parish, with the Rev.
Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Chapel – Stevens
Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, with a general rosary prayed at 6:30 p.m.,
and at the church from 1 p.m. Saturday until the Mass.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Major was born May 21, 1917, in Sulejow, Poland, a son
of the late Waclaw and Helena (Wojnielowicz) Major. He grew up in Poland.
He was married to Helena Lachowska in October 1939. The
couple had a daughter, Danuta, who was born in 1940.
Unfortunately, shortly after the couple married, Mr. Major
was captured by the Germans in World War II and was sent to Germany, where he
was forced to work on a farm until the war ended in 1945.
The couple never reunited, and he moved to the United States
after the war, settling with a family from Pennsylvania who sponsored his
travel from Europe.
In 1950, he moved to Chicago, Ill., and worked in the
He wasto married Mary Iwaniec Nov. 10, 1951, in Chicago, Ill.
She died in 1969.
The couple moved to Stevens Point in 1952 and began farming
on the eastside of Stevens Point. The couple had a daughter, Margaret.
He then changed career paths and began working at Joerns
Furniture Company. He retired from there as an inspector.
He was married to Stella Seymour March 22, 1974. She died in
He became a naturalized United States citizen.
Survivors include one daughter, Margaret (Thomas) Kelley,
Elm Grove; four stepdaughters, Arlene (Leonard S.) Firkus, Stevens Point, Barb
Holub, California, Sally Winters, Wisconsin, and Donna (Jerome) Greenwald, Ill.;
one stepson, Chester (Patricia) Seymour, Illinois; one brother, Zdzislaw Major;
five grandchildren, two from Margaret and three from Danuta; and three stepgrandchildren;
and special friends, Emily Ramczyk and Jane and Jerry Kapla.
He was also preceded in death by three wives; one daughter,
Danuta; and three brothers, Zosia, Stephan and Marian.