Waltham— Mr. Stanley S. Serval, Sr., of Waltham, was guided safely home to Heaven by our Lord on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023. He was 96.
Stanley was born in Waltham on August 2, 1926, a son of the late Joseph W. and Sophie (Vitcosky) Serval. Raised in Waltham, he had worked at area farms and at the Waltham Watch factory following his high school years when World War II broke out. He honorably served in the Pacific with the United States Navy. Upon his return home from the service he worked for a time at Horological Co. as a supervisor. When the company relocated to Lynn, he began working for the City of Waltham in the water and sewer department as a foreman where he remained for more than 37 years until his retirement in July of 1992.
One of his happiest days came in 1957 when he married Alma Cormier in Saint Mary’s Church on School Street. The pair shared 61 happy years until her passing on September 20, 2018.
Stanley had great respect for God, country, and flag. He was very proud of his time in the Navy and enjoyed the camaraderie he shared with fellow veterans at the Joseph F. Hill American Legion Post #156. He had great admiration for God’s creation and appreciated each day he had on this earth, no matter the weather or his circumstances. In his earlier years he loved taking his family on long drives each season to view the beauty of New England. From the snowfall of winter, buds of spring, warmth of the summer, and foliage of autumn he wanted to pass along to his children the importance of experiencing the beauty God gave us. Stanley was also a dog lover and had many canine companions throughout his 96 years.
Retirement afforded Stanley the ability to pursue the things he loved. An avid stamp collector, he was a member of the American Philatelic Society for decades and also amassed an impressive collection of World War I and World War II memorabilia. He was also a proud member and past treasurer of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1018, where he was on the champion shuffleboard team for years. Stanley also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. He never missed watching a New England Patriots game from home, and it is said that his cheers for the team could be heard all the way to Foxboro! He enjoyed the little things in life; cooking outdoors, making and tending to his bird houses, and caring for marigolds. Stanley cherished each day and now lives in the splendor of our Lord.
In addition to his parents, Stanley is reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife, Alma T. (Cormier), and his brother and sister, the late Joseph M. Serval and Josephine M. MacDowell.
He leaves his children, Evelyn A. Serval, of Summerfield, Florida, Irene M. Serval, Stanley S. Serval, Jr., and Thomas M. Serval, all of Waltham, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Stanley’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham, on Monday, February 27th from 2 to 5 p.m. and again Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Mary’s Church, 133 School Street, Waltham, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.