In Loving Memory of
Robert Leonard Storemski
Robert Leonard Storemski
Thomas Edison declared, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Luckily, Robert Storemski was a man who recognized and relished every opportunity he was given to enrich his life through both labor and loving service. He died Monday, February 15, 2016, at age 82.
Born in Harrah, Oklahoma, on August 21, 1933, but raised here in Bryan, Robert was the son of Stanley and Victoria Storemskiâ€"a general laborer and a homemaker, respectivelyâ€"and had one brother, Louis John Storemski (now deceased). Robert attended St. Joseph for elementary and middle school, then Stephen F. Austin High School, and while Robert was a student, he also worked to improve his familyâ€™s circumstances, delivering milk and bread to local customers. When he did have time off, Robert loved attending dances, especially those that featured polka music.
In 1953, Robert graduated from SFA and enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Japan during the Korean War (1954-1956). When he returned to Bryan, he found work in a furniture factory for five years before accepting a position with Texas A&M University as a stock keeper and inventory clerk for the Chemistry Department. (He later retired after 37 years of service with the University.) He worked and played hard, devotedly attending St. Joseph as a parishioner. He also loved various church picnics, bazaars, and listening to polka bands; Robert was a member of KJT (Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas), the American Legion and the VFW. He loved to bowl at Triangle and Chimney Hill bowling alleysâ€" competing with his favorite 16-pound ballâ€"and play dominoes (especially 42).
It was in this period after Robertâ€™s military service that he met, courted, then married Elizabeth Perkins on June 2, 1962, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan; Elizabeth now survives Robert (her husband of 53 years). The Storemskis also had four children who now survive their father: Robert Storemski, Jr. (and wife Crystal), Roberta Storemski Eubank (and husband Steven), Russell Storemski (and wife Olga) and Rebecca Storemski Berry (and husband Charles). Robert was also blessed to have been a grandfather to Jonathan Storemski (and fiancé Jacque), Christopher Berry and Connor Berry.
Robertâ€™s family now remembers him as a caring and spiritual man whose faith was so personal that he would always become emotional when listening to Christian music. Throughout his life, Robert worked as hard to make good decisions and stay close to God as he did to support his family. He loved spending time with them and found joy in simple pleasures like word finds, fishing, and eating his favorite supper: chicken noodle soup. He was a simple man with simple tastes and a strong faith, and he will be dearly missed by those who appreciated his quiet strength.
Friends and family will gather to honor Robertâ€™s life from 5:30 â€" 8:30 PM on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. All are invited to join together as a community at 7:00 pm; kneeling in humbleness before God, occupying their voices, minds, hearts, and bodies by praying the Rosary to ask for God's Grace. His Life Celebration and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday, February 20th at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church, 600 E 26th St, Bryan, Texas 77803 with Monsignor John A. McCaffrey officiating. Final commendation and blessing will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Bryan.
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