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Richard Stys

Richard John Stys

Saturday, February 16th, 1929 - Monday, October 28th, 2019
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Richard John Stys, 90 passed away at his home on Monday, October 28, 2019. Richard was born in Utica, New York on February 16, 1929 son of the late John and Veronica (Kulig) Stys. A very proud and private man, many people did not know he was a star athlete and scholar and was drafted by the Phillies for pitching. He was drafted by the US Army while attending college and pitched for them for 2 years while stationed in Germany. He married the love of his life, Roberta LaMonda in 1954 and after graduating from Clarkson College with a degree in mechanical engineering, worked for Alcoa, General Motors and then IBM in Vermont until his retirement in 1991. They raised 5 children in So. Burlington,VT , where he was a coach for Little League and Babe Ruth for many years and active in the Knights of Columbus. He was always supportive and proud of his children and grandchildren and went to almost every athletic event they were participating in (remember to give 110%!!) He was an avid golfer, bowler (ABC Senior Champion where he competed in Reno, Nevada) and an optimisticweekend fisherman- always looking for that perfect Vermont stream. A devoted Catholic, he took great comfort in his faith, especially at the end of his life. We will all miss his kindness, common sense and the twinkle in his eye when telling a good story.

Richard is survived by his son Rick Stys and wife Tammy of North Carolina, four daughters, Renée Vanyush and husband Mark of Milton, Debra Mosher and fiancée George Abele of Burlington, Michele Webb and husband Kevin of Essex, Kathleen Dwyer and husband John of Williston, nine grandchildren Stacey Mosher & partner Robert O’Brien; Justin Mosher and wife Heather Goodenough; Collin Vanyush and wife Sarah; Anna (Vanyush) DeGraff and husband Javan; Sarah Webb and fiancée Brad Nutt; Nicholas Dwyer and wife Katelyn; Emma Dwyer; Victoria ( Stys ) Cairns and husband Jacob; Alexis (Stys) Burke and husband John ; three great grandchildren Annabel Cairns, Ethan Dwyer, Robert DeGraff and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Roberta , in 2013.

The family would like to send special thanks to Drs. John Fitzgerald and Hannah Rabin for their care,Chittenden County Home Health and Hospice,particularly Gale Smith, RN, for their kindness and support, volunteers for Meals on Wheels, and Dad’s neighbors on Clover Drive. Dad’s wish was to stay independent and in his home as long as he could and you all helped to make that happen for him.

Per Richard’s wishes there will be no visiting hours held. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace in Colchester. Memorial contributions may be made to Chittenden County Home Health and Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 4th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, November 4th, 2019 12:00pm
    Our Lady of Grace
    784 Main Street
    COLCHESTER, VT 05446
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    Per Richard’s wishes there will be no visiting hours held. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace in Colchester.


Donations are being accepted for: Visiting Nurse Association.


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Ricky Wood

Posted at 10:38am
I was heartbroken when I learned of your Mom's passing but word of your dad's passing has left me speachless, empty, lost.

I have so many fond memories of both your Dad and Mom. Wonderful people, loving, caring and giving. I'll never forget those years on Berkley Street.

If I could hug each of you I would. Most of all, I'd want you to know how much of a positive impact your dad had on my life. I'm forever greatful and am a better person because of the influence he had on me.

I'll be praying for peace, strength and courage for each of you as you say good by to your Dad.

Kathi Dwyer Posted at 04:26pm

Ricky, Thank you so very much for your kind words. We were so very lucky to have grown up together on Berkley Street. There are so many great memories.. Kathi


Posted at 05:34pm
Renee, Debbie, Michelle, Rick and Kathy- So sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of your Dad and your family, who were such a focus point in our neighborhood. Your Dad was a great man, you should be proud of him. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time.
Larry Wood
Millbury, MA

Kathi Dwyer Posted at 04:29pm

Larry, Thank you for your message. I miss the simpler times of Berkley Street. We were all so very lucky to have grown up in such a nurturing community. Kathi

Kathy Fausnacht

Posted at 03:43pm
Kathi, John , Nick and Emma, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. It wa our pleasure to meet Richard at Katelyn and Nicks wedding. Nick shared many memories with us of time spent with his grandfather. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife.

Ken and Kathy Fausnacht

Rick & Jamie DeGraff

Posted at 08:19pm
Our warmest condolences,
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Marsha Morgan Mongeon

Posted at 03:45pm
Renee and Mark: So sorry to read of your father’s passing! You were blessed to have such a wonderful man as your father and to have had him in your lives for so long. My sympathy!

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