Alice entered her eternal life on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. She was born on New Year’s Day, 1930, in Wausau, Wisconsin and was the youngest of seven children born to William and Minnie Heidemann Petzold.
Alice attended Wau- sau East High School and it was during this time she began her life-long love and passion for singing. Following high school, she attended Wisconsin State Teachers College-Milwaukee (now UW-Milwaukee). It was in a music class that Alice met a young piano-playing music major, Bob Stoll, whom she would marry in 1951. The singer and the music man would make music together for nearly 60 years and create a family of seven children. Following several early career-related moves, they settled in Plymouth in 1968 to raise their family.
Alice was lovingly called “Big Al” by her husband, children and many family friends because of her ability to get any job done. She reveled in life and was embraced by those who knew her for her warmth, humor and loving ways.
She was a remarkable woman with many talents. Singing was a constant passion and pursuit in Alice’s life. She was a lead alto in John Michael Kohler Arts Center productions, soloist for many weddings and a soloist/choir member at many churches, including St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth, Our Lady of Lourdes and Prince of Peace, both in Sun City West, AZ. She enjoyed mentoring Bob’s high school choral students, assisting him in their development. In fact, Alice was called upon as a last-minute replacement of an ailing student and sang “Climb Every Mountain” as Mother Abbess (Reverend Mother) in the Plymouth High School production of Sound of Music.
Alice converted to Catholicism early in her marriage and her faith, along with her family, was the most important aspect in her life. Faith, family, and music marked Alice’s 90 years on this earth. In retirement, Alice and Bob spent time in both Sun City West, AZ and their Medicine Lake cottage in Three Lakes. She later resided at Cedar Bay Assisted Living in Elkhart Lake.
Alice passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren and to the sounds of the keyboard recordings of her late husband Bob. She is survived by her children, Sue Wals of Plymouth, Jenny (Chuck) Gibson of Green Valley, AZ, John (Debbie) Stoll of Kiel, Mark (Ramona) Stoll of Rothschild, Chris (Mary Grace) Stoll of Lone Tree, CO, Tom (Lana) Stoll of Lake in the Hills, IL, and Laura (Steve) Sartori of Plymouth.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris Wals, Jamie (Jesse) Schneider, Ali Dellger, Shawn Gibson, Jenny (Dale) Schilder, Danny (Caitlin) Stoll, Nikki (Chris) Olthoff, Liza (Troy) Struve, Brooke (Sonny) Zuliani, Jack and Grace Stoll, Sarah and Jane Stoll, and ten great grandchildren with another due in March, 2021. She is also survived by her husband’s twin brother, Richard (Maryanne) Stoll and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her loving husband Robert (Bob) J. Stoll, her parents, her father- and mother-in-law Henry and Mille Mushinski Stoll, her siblings, son-in-law Barry Wals, granddaughter Katie Wals, grandson Jerry Gibson, numerous extended family members, and special friend Lucy Dellger.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 17, at 1:00 P.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Dennis Van Beek will officiate. Visitation will take place at the CHURCH on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. until time of Mass. Cremation will follow the services, with burial to take place at a later date at Three Lakes Cemetery, Three Lakes, Wisconsin.
Alice’s funeral service will be recorded and available to watch after services take place on the Suchon Funeral Home Facebook Page or suchonfh.com for those who aren’t comfortable or cannot attend.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Alice’s name for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit at www.suchonfh.com.
Special thanks to the incredible staff at Cedar Bay Assisted Living, Father Dennis Van Beek, Chaplain Dale Miller, and the caring staffs at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.