Joseph Stolze

Joseph E. Stolze, D.V.M.

September 12, 1960 – January 20, 2021

Joseph Stolze, 60, died on January 20th after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Doreen Stolze.  He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth (Pyle); children: Sidney, Thomas and Danielle; his father, Mark Stolze; siblings: Pete (Laura) Stolze, Greg (Julie) Stolze, Cathy Fry, Ceci (Bob) Hickman, Cindy (Kevin) Hultman, Connie (Terry) Handel, and Colleen (Mark) Bennett; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Friday, February 5th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Saturday, Feb. 6th at 10:30am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6905 Blondo.  Box luncheon at funeral home after Mass.  Masks and social distancing observed.

To view Live streaming of Vigil and Service, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Pius X Catholic Church, Omaha or Omaha Mercy High School.


Joseph E. Stolze was born in Tipton, Iowa on September 12, 1960 as the third of eight children to parents Mark and Doreen Stolze.  He passed away on Wednesday January 20, 2021, at 60 years of age, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

As a child, he experienced a childhood full of faith, family and adventure, thoroughly enjoying the outdoors, which only intensified as he grew older. His enthusiasm for nature inspired him to embark on hunting adventures before classes in high school.  He graduated from Ankeny High School in 1979, and continued his education at Iowa State University, where he graduated in 1983 with a BS in Animal Science. As a young college graduate, he worked for 2 years for Farmers Home Administration until he reduced his college loan money enough to return to Iowa State and Iowa State Veterinary School, graduating in the class of 1990. 

Joe’s first veterinary job was in Mankato, Minnesota as the overnight emergency shift veterinarian.  After a year he followed a friend’s advice and moved to Omaha in 1991, where he worked for the Animal-Spay Neuter Clinic for 28 years. 

In 1994 Joe met his life companion and soulmate, Elizabeth (Pyle), on a blind date setup by mutual friends.  Their connection was instantaneous, and their friendship and love grew through their marriage and the birth of their three children, Sid, Tommy and Dani.

Joe loved life and took advantage of every opportunity God presented him and this led him to spend much of his time up in a tree stand with his bow by his side, experiencing the beauty of nature and prayer. He shared his passion for the outdoors often with his family by his side.   Joe was a successful hunter, skilled carpenter, car mechanic, experienced in tree felling, basically his talents were immense and he shared them with anyone who needed him.  Joe’s smile was infectious and his laughter bounded throughout any room. He cherished every moment with his family and always trusted in the Lord.  Above all his faith in God and love for his family reigned supreme.



  • Deacon Jim and Cindy Nardini Posted January 31, 2021 4:21 pm

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mel brink Posted January 31, 2021 5:21 pm

    I can’t believe Thais is real. He will be missed so much! I can’t wait to laugh with him again someday!

  • Sara Steinman Posted January 31, 2021 5:54 pm

    May memories bring you comfort. My heart goes out to the family.

  • Dave and Sandi wurster Posted January 31, 2021 5:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss. We loved Joe and will never forget him. Sending you love and prayers.

  • Susan Wagoner Posted February 1, 2021 7:00 am

    What a beautiful tribute to a man who lived his too short life so well and was loved so much. I am so very sorry.. 💔

  • Rev. Donald D. Zimmerman Posted February 1, 2021 11:24 am

    Blessings and peace to you from Manhattan “Little Apple” Kansas. So sorry to hear of Joe’s death. May he forever live in God’s peace and his spirit will most certainly remain in your hearts. Peace, always.

  • Joan Schoon Posted February 1, 2021 4:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a great person and always a joy to be around.

  • Shantise Pearson Posted February 6, 2021 8:49 am

    big shoutout to all Joe has ever done for me like attempting to keep Dani and I warm at out track meets in middle school! I’ll miss him forever ❤️

  • Paula Martin Kuhfus (ISU Vet Med 1990) Posted February 7, 2021 5:05 pm

    My sympathies to Joe’s family. He was a sweet kind classmate. Veterinary school was a long time ago but also seem like yesterday. As one of 4 Ankenyites in the class of 1990, we could laugh about many shared experiences while in the trenches and made a not so fun experience very enjoyable. Many blessings to you at this difficult time.

  • Laura Clifton (the Family Place) Posted February 10, 2021 10:17 am

    Elizabeth I was so sorry to hear about Joe. He always had such a wonderful smile. We love your family and think of the children often. I pray that you will all be comforted during this time. Praying for you all. Virtual hugs.

  • Jane Stark Posted February 12, 2021 7:44 pm

    My deepest sympathy. I worked with Dr. Joe at ASNC and he was also vet to our huge brood of critters. He was kind, gentle and so very good at caring for animals. He will be so missed.

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