170 Warren Avenue
 Hartland, Wisconsin 

Chief Terrence J. Stapleton "Tapey"

Of North Lake has gone to his field of dreams on July 28, 2018 at the age of 79. Terry was born June 4, 1939 in North Lake, WI the 6th of 10 children born to Lloyd and Dorothy (Guilfoile). Terry spent his entire life in North Lake. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served out his time in Guam and Okinawa, Japan. Terry also played baseball with the Marine Corps team. When he returned home he married the love of his life Donna Cowen. Together they had 3 daughters Rose, Rhonda and Rebecca. Terry worked in construction which helped him realize his dream of having his own home. With the help of his company equipment he was able to purchase a home in North Lake next to St. Clare Church for $1 and move it across the field where it stands today.

Terry, with the help of his wife Donna (Cork) had become an expert gardener. The man always said he “knew dirt”. They were always happy to share their produce with the community. But the highlight for him was the old farm windmill which was lit with red, white and blue Christmas lights each year and a beautiful Statue of Liberty that was added to a star shaped flower bed in the front yard with the American Flag adorning it. It was a tribute to Terry’s patriotism.

The greatest honor Terry had was to be elected as the North Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief, a position he held for over 35 years. He was respected and adored by his men who all became a tight knit family. 

Terry also loved his yearly deer hunting trips up by Little Bear Skin with some of his closest friends. He also enjoyed fishing, with walleyes being his expertise. 

One of his biggest passions was baseball. He played and coached many years for the North Lake Lakers team and also played for the Monches Irishmen team. They won the championship in 1972. His family was so proud when he was inducted into the Land O Lakes Hall of Fame. His beat-up bat that he carried at all the games still has a special spot in his house to this day.

Another great accomplishment of Terry’s was the Veteran’s Memorial and the helicopter that are next to the firehouse in North Lake. When Terry found out about a previously existing memorial he asked for help constructing a new bigger and better memorial. With the help of a small committee it was done within months. Next came the Cobra Helicopter that was obtained and erected in honor of those who fought in Vietnam. He was truly a community minded citizen, loved and respected by many. 

Preceding Terry in death is his wife Donna “Cork” Stapleton, brothers Pete and Morrie Stapleton, sisters Mary Lou Frederickson, Connie Meryerring and Nancy Becker, grandchildren Taylor Dacey and Mitchell Neff. He is survived by his children Rose Dacey, Rhonda (Brent) Baldwyn and Rebecca (Jim) Neff, grandchildren Makayla Neff, Ariel (Andrew) Dean, Elijah (Liljana) Dacey, Jesse Sharpe, Reiss Stapleton and Andrea Baldwyn, great-grandchildren Kaden Dacey, Elijana Dacey, Aiden Neff and Abigail Dean. Further survived by his brother Tom Stapleton, sisters Dorothy Mae Gilbert, Peggy Szalanski and Catherine “Trink” Pesicek and many other relatives and friends. 

Visitation Saturday, August 4 at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church Hwy 83, North Lake from 9 AM until Services at 12 PM followed by full military honors and a reception. Memorials to the North Lake Rec. Club/Vets Memorial P.O. Box 81 North Lake, WI 53064 are appreciated.