John J. Stoessel Jr. of Dracut MA


Mr. John Joseph Stoessel Jr., 72, of Dracut, MA died Monday, February 19, 2018 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

He was married to his devoted wife Mrs. Priscilla I. (Wilson) Stoessel with whom he celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on February 8, 2018.

Born in Lowell on July 28, 1945 the son of the late John J. Stoessel & Gloria (Ouellette) Fugere, he was a graduate of Bennington (VT) High School with the class of 1963, graduated from Newbury College and played baseball for the Naval Academy in Annapolis where he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.

He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a Petty Officer 3rd Class and was a medic during combat in Vietnam.

He retired from the Bedford V.A. Hospital and C.M.O.P. of Chelmsford in 2009.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church of N. Chelmsford, MA.

He was the director of the St. John the Evangelist Fife & Drum Corps, a Chelmsford Pop Warner Football coach for many years, a member of the Merrimack Valley Vietnam Veterans, and an active participant in the Chelmsford High Boosters.

He loved to travel and play golf, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, the Patriots, and his kids’ and grandkids’sports.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Cheryl & Roger Bolduc, Gail Malatesta & Clay Swartz, Debbie Powell & Mike Burgess, Sherry & Tom Skinner; sons Jimi Beaton & Stephanie Pacheco, John & Carol Stoessel; and from a previous marriage, daughter Audra & Steve Cross; and son Jeff Stoessel; a stepbrother Roger Fugure and his wife Ellen; brothers-in-law Dennis Wilson & wife Dale, Bruce Wilson & wife Karen; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews and close friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Beth Israel Hospital – East Campus.


Visiting hours Thursday, February 22nd 4 to 8 P.M. Funeral Friday, February 23rd at 10:00AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11:00AM at St. John the Evangelist in N. Chelmsford. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at



February 22, 2018
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home, Chelmsford, MA


February 23, 2018
10:00 AM at FH 11:00 AM at Church
St. John the Evangelist in N. Chelmsford
  1. Mrs Joseph (Carole Ann) Marcotte says:

    Dear Priscilla, please accept Joe’s and my condolences. Jack was a great guy, and we remember you both with fondness. We will remember him in our prayers. ❤️

  2. MaryJo Stanton says:

    Priscilla and family, so sorry for your loss.

  3. Bill Mantville says:

    To Priscilla and the Stoessel Family and Beaton Family. I am so sorry to hear about Jack Passing. I really appreciate Jacks Honor and Duty to this Beautiful Country. He was a Wonderful Father, Husband to his Family. I remember the Days of jack watching all of us Buccaneers drum and Bugle Corps Kids practicing and Competing on the Field. He Always was such a Great Supporter to all of Us. He Be Sadly miss by his Family and His Country. Rest In Peace my Friend. Love the Mantville Family.

  4. Sue McManimon Roy says:

    Priscilla and family-
    Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. So many happy, teenage memories with John leading us in the Fife and Drum Corp.
    My condolences to you all.

  5. Brian Bolduc says:

    Priscilla and Family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers are with. I have wonderful memories of Jack that I will never forget. Heaven gained an angel xo

  6. Lyn Murphy says:

    My thoughts and prays are with you and your family.

  7. John & Joanne Roddy says:

    So sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  8. Beth tanguay says:

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  9. CAROL A LAHUE says:

    So sad to hear of Jacks passing.A great family man and friend to all.Jack and Priscilla were a great help to our family when we were in need.Thinking of all of your family Carol & Dick Lahue

  10. Andrea Connolly says:

    Priscilla I am so so sorry for the loss of jack..he is your angel from heaven..embrace your memories heart aches for you and your family..may god give you love and peace at this trying Andi

  11. Roger & Robin Fugere says:

    Priscilla & Family there are no words to express how deeply heart broken Roger and i are to of hear of your loss. We have Great memories of the time we share with you guys during our visit. We will always cherish them in our hearts until we all meet again in Heaven. Our Hearts and Prayers are with you all.

  12. Joe Kluck says:

    Dear Priscilla and Family,
    I wish to send my condolences to all. I was deeply sadden to learn of your loss of your beloved John, Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, and a friend to many. I have wonderful memories of time spent with John. They all began long ago as we shared childcare as young boys at a relatives home in Chelmsford. Many trips to Vermont for family visits were always cherished times. Many years have passed since then but none of them will ever be forgotten.

    Joe Kluck

    • Mike & Brenda Kluck says:

      I remember when he brought me to St.Patrics Church a long, long time ago. As we walked to the front of the church I was tipping the hats off the ladies sitting on the outside aisles. He was not a happy camper!
      And I remember when he crashed his Red 1967 Chevy SS on route 495 while bringing my mother back home from The Lyman School For boys where I was residing.
      God bless him. They don’t come any better!
      Mike & Brenda Kluck

  13. Kim Cloutier-Hill says:

    Priscilla and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. John will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. Kim Porter says:

    Aunt Priscilla & family, please know we are all thinking of you and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!
    Much love,
    Kim & Danny Porter of SC

  15. Robin LeGacy (Linstad) says:

    Priscilla and family,
    My sincerest condolences on the passing of John.

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