Stanley Edward Chromy

March 18, 1935 - May 13, 2020

Stan Chromy, age 85, passed away peacefully with his wife at his side on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Mala Strana Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Stan was born on March 18, 1935 in Lanesburgh Township to Stanley W. and Mary (Horejsi) Chromy.  He was the eldest of nine growing up on the family farm.  He graduated from New Prague High School. While at a dance at the Lonsdale dance hall, Stan met the love of his life, Violet Nerud.  He offered her a ride home and they have been together ever since.  They were married on August 21, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale, MN.  Stan farmed many of his younger years.  Surgeries on his back when he was 36 years old forced him to change careers.  He returned to school at Mankato Vo-Tech and ventured into accounting and insurance. He was still doing taxes up until 2 weeks ago.  It was about the same time that he began to drive school bus for the New Prague schools also.  Over the next 30 years he transported thousands of school children safely to school and back home again.  He personally logged over 870,000 miles in his 30 years as a school bus driver.


Although he was no longer physically farming, the farming never left Stan.  He enjoyed his toy tractor collection and sharing stories with local farmers.  In his younger days, Stan enjoyed fishing.  He was a member of the Czech Heritage Club, a past grand knight for the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, and saw his children through 4-H as an adult leader.  More recently woodworking and scrolling took up his spare time.  His greatest joy, especially in the last decade, was the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they had the ability to light up his face and his heart.


Stan is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Violet; nine children, Pat (Brad) Trowbridge, Dave (Kelley) Chromy, Joe Chromy, Theresa (Greg) Plante, Monica (Steve) Kaler, Steve (LuAnn) Chromy, Phil (Jennie) Chromy, Chris (Jodi) Chromy, Doug (Roz) Chromy; 28 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings; John (Nora) Chromy, Dick (Jan) Chromy, Ann Marie (Bryan) Becker, Tom (Diane) Chromy; brother-in-law, Norman Hallet; sisters-in-law, Mary Catherine Chromy and Karen Chromy.


Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Wenceslaus Church (livestreamed on with burial following at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Wenceslaus School Tuition Assistance.

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3 months ago
Christine Tupy
4 months ago

Sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with Stanley. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim, Christine and Colton Tupy

Bud and Helen Kager
4 months ago

So very sorry Vi and family. What a great man to have known. Sending prayers and love to all.

Anne Smisek Jans
4 months ago

Vi and Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. I have wonderful memories of Stan from all the Czech events! Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.

Glen and Ruth Dols
4 months ago

Vi and Family,
So sorry to hear of your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ron Kadrlik
4 months ago

My sympathy to the Chromy family. Whenever I think of Stan, my first thought will be of a wonderful friendship he had with my wife Donna Mae. They connected spiritually and musically. It was a friendship she truly valued. Stan was an amazing person.

Ron Kadrlik

Ken and Rosella Kes
4 months ago

Vi and Family,

Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time. He will be greatly missed.

Addy Murtaugh
4 months ago

Oh, Vi…I am so sorry to read about Stan’s passing….He was always so pleasant and friendly when we met at reunions. I truly admired the
depth of his feelings about family and family activities….and it certainly shows in your children and their families. May our Lord keep you
and your remarkable children safe and well. Please know that I care and add my prayers for all of you. Addy

Joe and Sheila Kaler
4 months ago

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Don and Dorothy Geiger
4 months ago

Our deepest sympathy to the Chromy family.

Cheryl Rezac
4 months ago

We are so sorry to hear of Stans passing. Such a nice man and wonderful bus driver . Gave the best treats at the end of the year.
Rest in Peace Stan.
Mark and Cheryl Rezac

Art and Beth Kasal
4 months ago

Our heartfelt sympathy to you Vi and the rest of the family. Thinking of you for your great loss. You are all in our prayers.

Nancy Fierst
4 months ago

We are so sorry to hear about Stan passing away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!
Nancy and Randy Fierst

Constance Zweber
4 months ago

I am very sorry to hear Stan has passed. My deepest sympathy to the entire Chromy family. I met Stan when my dad Bud passed in 2018 as he helped me file dad’s taxes. We had a nice time visiting. He was very kind and shared some really great memories of my dad with me. He also told me he remembered what great dancers my parents were which put a big smile on my face. He was very proud of his family when he showed me their photos. Sending you all prayers, peace and comfort during this time of sadness.

Katie DeGross
4 months ago

Sorry to hear about Stan. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️
Katie (Zweber) DeGross

Jan Hertaus
4 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Stan was a very friendly guy. He is up in heaven being greeted by Roman. May they both enjoy eternal happiness in heaven.

Mary Beth pexa
4 months ago

Vi & kids, So saddened by your loss our deepest sympathy for you & your family. I have so many memories I will cherish with Uncle Stan!! I enjoyed going into Belzers’s & visiting & he would tell me everything going on & he was so very proud of his family & so very proud of his grandchildren ❤️ Us kids could go to him anytime going up he was always there for us!! And I loved hearing him leave work & he would say to my brother John, he would say John in “Czech” Uncle Stan may you Rest… Read more »

John and Toni Sacco
4 months ago

Our deepest condolences to all.

bob and sue ambroz
4 months ago

So sad that Uncle Stan has passed. He was such a great guy! My daughter Kacy loved there special chat at my dad’s get toghether at the KC hall after his memorial service. She told me she wished she had known him better because she thought he was great. I have many memories that I will cherish deeply in my heart!

Dr. Laurie Reiner Hughes
4 months ago

Stan was a gentle soul, I was always inspired by his christian faith. Rest easy Stan.

Tish scheffler
4 months ago

Oh how we loved Stan. He was John and my bus driver. He was my children’s bus driver. We never worried about the kids on the bus. He ran a tight ship and loved those kids. Remember those large candy bars at the end of his School year. He was my tax man for the last 15 years etc. He was a fine man and he will be missed horribly by the Scheffler girls and John and I. We love you Stan. Go hold your US Flag for us here and Rest With god in Peace.
John and Tish Scheffler

4 months ago

Our sympathy to all of Stan’s family, extended family and friends. We always stopped to admire his farm toy display at Dozinky.
Doug and Jean Zimanske

Laurie Skluzacek
4 months ago

So sorry for the loss of Stanley. He was a true leader of the Horejsi side of the family. He will be missed.

Bruce Heikes
4 months ago

Stanley was a great friend, from the school bus days to working together I was very thankful to have Stanley as a friend, he was one of my super heroes

Mike & Bonnie Lyrenmann
4 months ago

We extend our sincere sympathy for the passing of your father. I remember Stan as a bus driver. I was a teacher at New Prague. May he rest in peace.

Grandma Sandie Stevens
4 months ago

He sounds like he had the life he wanted and was very blessed with a loving wife,children, and many grandchildren! A good Christian man just getting to go home to his Creator! How joyous!!

Colleen Buszmann
4 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Gary and I always enjoyed talking to him about wordworking. He will be missed by many. Please know that the Chromy family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Olivia Blaschko
4 months ago

Sending prayers to the Chromy family through these difficult times

– Blaschko family

Roz Carson
4 months ago

Our deepest sympathy to the whole Chromy family . Sending our prayers – Roz and John Carson

Lori Drabant
4 months ago

So sorry for your loss, he will be missed by many.

Pamela Chromy Deml
4 months ago

Sorry for your loss he was a great guy. He will be missed

Peg and Dan Koehnen
4 months ago

Stan was the best bus driver, cared so deeply for all the kids he safely drove to and from school!!! He always had a big smile and “twinkle” in his eye!!
Extending our deepest sympathy to his family!!

Stuart and Jennifer Groninga
4 months ago

Our deepest sympathies to the Chromy family. Lifting you in our prayers.

Dawn Erickson
4 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Dawn and Lee Erickson and Herbert Noreen

Gerri Carlson
4 months ago

Sending thoughts for peace and comfort for your family.
Jack & Gerri Carlson

Mary Kris Chromy Olmsted
4 months ago

Violet you have my deepest sympathy. I have so many fond memories spending the night at your home and Uncle Stan trying to be so stern at the dinner table and smiling at me knowing I was overwhelmed with all the kids talking. I loved sitting on the patio/yard with him at the house by the golf course. He always made me feel safe. Stan will always have a special place in my heart.❤️

Victoria Cross
4 months ago

I’ve been thinking about Vi. I had no idea that Stan was ill. Wish we could be with you. Know that you are in my prayers.

Luann nickolay
4 months ago

We are so very sorry for your loss! You have our deepest sympathies !

Jan Chromy
4 months ago

A very special brother-in-law and a great person. I so admired him for the way when things were down or got tough, he picked up the pieces and made a new life in a. different direction. We will miss him. Our sympathy to his immediate family.

Katie and Russ Seurer
4 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

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