Musial , Stanley F. 92
Stanley Frank Musial, fortified with the sacraments of the Holy Mother Church at 5:45 p.m., died Jan. 19, 2013. He was born in Donora, Nov. 21, 1920, and was a devoted husband of his high school sweetheart, Lillian S. Labash Musial, with whom he celebrated over 72 years of marriage. Dedicated father of Dick Musial (Sharon Edgar), Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze (Marty) and Jean Edmonds (Dave); dear grandfather of Jeff Musial, Laura Musial (Thomas Sachson), Natalie Musial, Tommy Ashley, Camille Pinkerton (Bob), Christopher Ashley (Jimena), Julie Linihan (Jeff), Brian Schwarze, Andrew Edmonds, Lindsey Edmonds and Allison Edmonds; beloved great-grandfather of Courtney Musial, Tyler Musial, Claire Musial, Lucy Musial, William Sachson, Heath Sachson, Caroline Murphy, Molly Murphy, Kate Murphy, Charlie Pinkerton, Clifford Pinkerton and Breck Pinkerton. Known as "Popo" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Stan was the son of the late Lukasz and Mary (Lancos) Musial. He was the last surviving member of his six siblings and has many nieces and nephews. Faithful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and loyal friend to everyone he met, Stan was a great American, as well as a great baseball player. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was chairman of the president’s council on Physical Fitness and Sports between 1964 and 1967. President Obama awarded Stan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2011, after the St. Louis Cardinals’ “Stand for Stan” campaign became popular on a national level. Stan also received Poland’s highest civilian award, the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit, in 1997. A memorable athlete, Stan’s off-field personality matched his record-breaking statistics. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 through 1963 and was vice president of the Cardinals from 1963 for over 25 years. Stan was general manager of the Cardinals in 1967 and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Stan always appreciated the Cardinals’ community and his fans’ constant support. He received honorary doctorate medals from University of Missouri, St. Louis, Washington University and Monmouth College. Stan dedicated his time to both Christian Brothers College and Villa Duchesne, in addition to numerous charities in the St. Louis area. As much as baseball was Stan’s life, so was his Catholic faith. He enjoyed great friendships within the Catholic religious community. Stan served as one of the honorary chairman for his treasured friend, Pope John Paul II, when he visited St. Louis in 1999. A public visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis,4431 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis. Burial will be private. The Musial family would like to thank Stan’s nurses, doctors, healthcare workers and caretakers for helping maintain his quality of life until the end. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Covenant House Missouri, 2727 North Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63113, or a charity of your choice in the name of Stan Musial. Stan’s 92 years of life were filled with love, family, happiness, baseball and his Catholic faith. The outpouring of love and support from the greatest fans in baseball – Cardinal Nation – have been much appreciated by the Musial family during this grieving time.