Obituary: William Stohlgren
William andamp;#8220;Billandamp;#8221; Stohlgren, 54, of Tempe, Arizona died unexpectedly May 1. Bill was born Aug. 12, 1957 in Oakland, Calif.He graduated from St. Maryandamp;#8217;s High School in 1975, and moved to Tahoe City, Calif., to work in the familyandamp;#8217;s dairy business. For the next 17 years, Bill enjoyed Lake Tahoe. He loved meeting and talking to business owners and tourists alike. He played softball with his brothers for the Char Pit team and made many friends along the way. He remained an avid San Francisco Giants fan, and member of the Raider Nation forever. He and his brothers often traveled to the Bay Area for ballgames and to see old friends.Bill married the love of his life, Therese Keller in 1993, and lived one year in Seattle, Wash., where their son, Jalen was born. In July 1994, he moved to Tempe, Ariz. with Therese, Jalen, and daughter, Valerie Vichules. Their daughter, Brenna, was born in July 1996. Bill and Therese worked side by side at the familyandamp;#8217;s Student Book Center, helping the students of Arizona State University. Bill loved interacting with students, faculty, and staff. Bill, Therese, and their children enjoyed golf, movies, spring training baseball, and their dogs.In 2012, Bill and Therese opened Big City Burrito, also in Tempe. Bill provided tireless care to his father, Robert Stohlgren, who was confined to a veteranandamp;#8217;s hospital for many years. At important times in his life, Bill was actively involved in charity work for Meals on Wheels and events surrounding Arizona State University. He followed every ASU sports team. He was a devoted husband, father, and brother. He loved family dinners andamp;#8212; the most joyous times of his life.He was preceded in death by his parents (Anne and Robert) and father-in-law (Francis Keller). He is survived by his wife, Therese; and children (Valerie, Jalen, and Brenna); mother-in-law, JoAnne Keller; and four brothers, Jim (Marlene), Jerry (Carol), and George of Tahoe City, Cal.; and Tom (Cindy) of Windsor, Col. A service will be held at Grace Community Church, Tempe, Ariz. at 11 a.m. on May 19, 2012. A small service will be held in Tahoe City, Calif., at a later date.
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