Guestbook for Jeffrey D. Stolz
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Dear Christine, William and Catherine, I was so sorry to learn just yesterday of Jeffrey's death. My mother died last month as well, and I have been out of town, and out of the loop. I hope they are getting to know each other in heaven. Please know that I am holding your family close in prayer. Call me whenever you'd like to talk or walk.
From Marie Allen

2:38 pm - 10/06/19

I knew Jeff through the Drug Court. He went out of his way to offer support and guidance to those struggling in recovery. He would attend court frequently and was instrumental in changing the lives for the better of many who labored in addiction. While this is a loss that will be felt by many, we are blessed by his service. Judge Scott Horne
From Scott Horne

6:01 pm - 09/29/19

I have such fond memories of being greeted so genuinely by Jeff as I walked down the corridor in the Fine Arts Center--or anywhere we would meet, for that matter. Jeff always had a gracious smile and a kind word. His love for God, family and Viterbo was evident in each interaction I had with Jeff. I so appreciated his creativity and the beautiful way he worked with the theatre students. I will truly miss him. May he rest in peace. Sr. Georgia
From Sister Georgia Christensen, FSPA

7:49 am - 09/24/19

The Viterbo Theatre community is built on the kindness and love that Jeff so perfectly embodied. He was our professor for the duration of our time at Viterbo, but the things he taught us extend far beyond the scope of a classroom, and will be carried forward throughout our lives outside of school. Some of us knew Jeff through class, some through design work, and some through fittings; but whatever setting brought us together, the result was the same: Jeff touched our hearts and changed our lives. It is rare to find somebody with the natural ability to brighten everyone’s day, but Jeff was one of those people. At the core of his essence, he was kind, and he shared this kindness with everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. What is truly beautiful about Jeff’s life is that, even though it was cut short, he was able to impact more lives than most people do in their lifetimes. He blessed us all with what he taught us, and the love with which he did so. He was so much more than a professor to us. He was a mentor, a role model, a friend, and more. He pushed us to be our best, and believed in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves. He was always honest, but gentle and supportive even when critiquing us. Everything he said came from a place of truth, to push us to be the best artists and humans we could be. Jeff was the kind of person who made you a better person, because he made you want to be better. Theatre is a deeply collaborative and community based endeavor, and the energy of one person affects the energies of everyone around them. I can say with absolute assurance that we are who we are because of who Jeff was. We are all better for having known him, and I can’t describe how grateful I am for the time that I got to spend learning from Jeff, not just as a student or a theatre artist, but as a human. A donation has been made in Jeff’s honor to The La Crosse Jail Ministry, by the Viterbo Theatre Department, Class of 2019.
From Viterbo Theatre Department, Class of 2019

12:37 pm - 09/20/19

I worked with Jeff this spring helping to prepare his costume exhibit Juxtapose that he initiated and developed with the La Crosse County Historical Society. His enthusiasm for the exhibit, and for nearly everything he did, was always apparent, even those days when he was not feeling well. It was obvious that he loved his work and the people around him. I appreciate having had the opportunity to know him. My sympathies to the family.
From Bob Mullen

11:27 am - 09/20/19

I can't possibly understand the brevity of Jeff's time here. I'm so sad to hear the news of his passing. And so grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting him and working with him back in our UMD undergraduate days. I have been sharing memories of him this week with others who had the pleasure of wearing his costume designs and we marvel, "How did he DO it?!? That thing...he made us feel our most flattered figures when we were in his designs!" Wasn't his talent truly magnificent?
From Patty Hall

8:57 am - 09/20/19

We have fond memories of meeting Jeff and the Stoltz clan in Door County. Losing someone you love is always difficult, but we can rejoice that he is now in the loving arms of his Savior.
From Fred and Mary Beth Schmelzer

2:55 pm - 09/19/19

It was a shock to learn of Jeff's passing. He was such a creative and fun person to work with on various projects from chalk art to decorating his truck for the torch light parade. Wish we could have had more time with him.
From Michael & Phyllis Martino

8:58 pm - 09/18/19

I knew Jeff from the Theater Department of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where we were both students back in the 1980’s. Jeff was a very talented artist and undeniably, a friend to everyone – always present, in the moment, patient, funny, the real deal as far as any friend could be. It has been many years since that time, and in those years Jeff became a husband, father, teacher and a mentor – these accomplishments are of no surprise. On paper, the 1980’s are so long ago – but I remember my time with Jeff so clearly that it was just the other day… I remember his energy, I remember his laugh…..he was a kind, sweet guy, and I am thankful he let me be a part of his journey.
From Tim McGee

12:14 pm - 09/18/19

For the few times I was around Jeff I could sense his enthusiasm, with his words or without them. From my impression of him, I always presumed that his students must have dearly loved him. I am certain he will be sorely missed. My sympathies to his family.
From Larry D. Harwood

9:38 am - 09/18/19

Christine and family, You have my deepest sympathies at your tragic loss. Loosing such a large part of your life is so difficult. May the wonderful memories of Jeff's gifts in your life and others bring you some comfort as well as knowing the comfort he now feels. RIP Jeff
From Lorie Peterson

8:22 am - 09/18/19

I am so dismayed to learn that Jeffrey is gone. He was one of my students who also became a friend. I have many good memories of him--teaching and learning and laughing. He was a very talented designer and a good person. I wish I had taken the time to see him more. My thoughts are with Christine and all of Jeff's family.
From Laura Piotrowski

7:53 am - 09/18/19

Working with Jeff on the Homeless Project... having many, many early morning chats in his office...creating years of wonderfully costumed productions...discovering what a gentle, caring, selfless man and artist he was.
From David Gardiner

7:24 am - 09/18/19