Leonard Michael Stolarski passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.
He was born Aug. 22, 1941 in Chappell Hill, Texas, to parents Carl, Sr., and Edwina (Kopycinski) Stolarski. Leonard was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many, and will be missed by all.
In 1950, he moved with his parents and brothers to Sealy. Leonard graduated from Sealy High School in 1960. He became a Cadet at the Houston Police Academy in 1963 and worked for the Houston Police Department for 32 years retiring in 1995 with the rank of Sergeant of Police. Five years into his career, he attained the rank of detective working in the Burglary and Theft Division and then in the Auto Theft Division, specializing in motorcycle theft. He was specifically recognized for his work in thwarting motorcycle gang activity in the 1970s. As a sergeant working at Westside Police Command Station in 1987, he was one of the criminal investigators selected to help implement the new concept of Neighborhood Oriented Policing in Houston.
Leonard met his future wife Clara Ognoskie in 1963 at the Immaculate Conception Church Bazaar in Sealy. They were married on July 11, 1964 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Houston.
Leonard was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek and the Catholic Union of Texas (the “KJT”). He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus serving Sealy Council 3313 as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree and District Deputy. He was a charter member of the Frydek Council 12558 and Frydek Fourth Degree.
Leonard lead a life dedicated to public service. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, co-founder of the San Felipe-Frydek Volunteer Fire Department, and member of the Austin County Peace Officers Association. He also served as Post Commander of Sealy American Legion Post 442. During his time as commander, he proposed and oversaw major renovations to the Legion Hall, improving the quality of the hall and extending its lifespan.
He was a life member of the Austin County Fair Association and was designated as a Lifetime Committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
From 1995 to 2003, Leonard served as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, Austin County, after which he fully retired, devoting the rest of his life to his family.
He loved playing dominoes with his brothers and friends. Leonard, an avid bingo player, also called bingo for both Sealy Knights of Columbus and Sealy American Legion for many years. He was an Astros, Oilers, and Texans fan. Additionally, he was a Sealy Tiger Football fan and season ticket holder for many years.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Carl, Sr., and Edwina Stolarski and his oldest brother, Carl J. Stolarski, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Clara, daughter Denise Stolarski of Katy, daughter Deborah and her husband Keith Jones of Texarkana, grandson Ethan Jones of Texarkana, sister-in-law Florianna Stolarski (wife of brother Carl) of Sealy, brother Benjamin and his wife Bernice of Sealy, brother Ralph and his wife Pat of Sugarland, brother Richard and his wife Pam of Flatonia, sister-in-law Betty of Schulenburg, and his aunt Reba Kopycinski of Houston.
Visitation was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek. A rosary and funeral mass followed with Father Thuy Nguyen officiating. Interment was at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Frydek.
Leonard’s family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and support. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel located at 768 Fourth St., Sealy, TX, 979-885-3535, www.knesekfuneralhome.com.