It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Adam Edward Stanzak Jr., age 93, of Edina, MN, and Sarasota, FL. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving wife, on July 24, 2023. Adam was a beloved father, husband, father-in-law, and grandfather. Adam is survived by his adored wife, Barbara, and their two children, Michael (Janet) and Julie (Hiro). He was a doting grandfather to his two grandchildren, Adam and Natalie.
Born on May 7, 1930, in Staten Island, New York, Adam was the son of Coast Guard Commander Adam Edward Stanzak Sr. and Louise Hawkins Stanzak. He grew up with his sister Patricia and shared a special bond with his grandmother, Frances. After graduating from St. Petersburg High School in Florida, Adam pursued his studies at Davidson College in North Carolina and later earned a degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C. It was there that he met the love of his life, Barbara Anne Doerr.
Adam’s professional career took him on various paths, starting at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where he worked in National Security departments. He eventually found his passion in the automobile business and joined General Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1956. Later, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he became part of the Key Royal Automotive Company, starting with Royal Oldsmobile. In pursuit of his dreams, he continued to thrive and, in 1973, he was given the opportunity to purchase a Cadillac dealership in Edina, Minnesota, leading to the foundation of Key Cadillac. His dedication, exceptional service, and commitment to excellence were recognized with numerous Master Dealer Awards from Cadillac Motor Division. Adam also served as President of the Greater Metro Auto Dealers Association, served on the board of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, and also served on the board of the Cadillac National Dealer Council.
Adam was a devoted member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, where he gladly served as an usher. He was also a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Edina and served on the board of Southdale YMCA. With his wife Barbara, he explored the world, traveling to nearly every continent with gusto. His greatest passion was golf, and he had the privilege of playing on numerous courses both nationally and internationally, including the legendary St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland – a cherished memory for him. He possessed a unique ability to remember every name and the redeeming qualities of others, brightening lives and creating smiles wherever he went. He carried the love for fishing, likely influenced by his father Adam and upbringing in Florida cities and Key West. Family fishing trips at Lake of the Woods, Canada, and boating and fishing outings in the Gulf of Mexico were among his treasured memories. He adored and deeply appreciated his children and grandchildren, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts. His generosity, unwavering integrity, and unending kindness will be continuously cherished. We find solace in knowing that Adam’s luminous life force will continue to inspire all who were touched by his light. His spirit lives on within us, and the magic he bestowed upon our family-ship will endure.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life for Adam on Friday, October 13, 2023 at 11AM at Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, Minnesota, with a reception following at Interlachen Country Club, 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Minneapolis, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the N.C. Little Hospice of Edina, Minnesota. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996