Stuart B. Meisenzahl, 78, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020 in Savannah, GA following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters. Stuart was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Harold and Eileen Meisenzahl. He was the product of 11 years of Jesuit education, graduating from McQuaid Jesuit High School and both Boston College and Boston College Law School. He was especially proud of his “Double Eagle” status. He carried the Jesuit tradition of service to others throughout his life. Over the years, he dedicated his time to the betterment of School of the Holy Childhood, Our Lady of Mercy High School, and many Catholic charities.
Stuart began his law career with Harter, Secrest and Emery in 1966 where he specialized in corporate law for more than 35 years. In the later years of his career, he developed a special interest and expertise in biotechnology firms. Stuart was respected for his brilliant legal mind and valued as a trusted mentor.
Stuart was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his adventurous and patient wife of 54 years, Catherine Schantz Meisenzahl. He was the very proud Dad of Gretchen (John) Sabol, Jennifer (Patrick) Cunningham, and Aimee (Chris) Bolash. Stuart is also survived by his brother Wayne Meisenzahl. His six grandchildren adored their Grandpa Stu. Jack and Alex Sabol, Gavin and Tierney Cunningham, Claire and Lily Bolash were the light of his life.
Stuart loved art, architecture, history, travel, music, flowers and Saturday Night Live skits. He will be remembered for his warm smile, quick wit and outrageous dance moves. He had an uncanny ability to recall obscure details and give mind-numbing directions. He was the best of the best and has surely found his way to Heaven.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heritage Fund of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
So very sorry to hear of Stuart's passing and proud to be part of his extended family. He was a wonderful man who always made you feel that you were important to him.
- Carol Bolash, MABLETON, GA
This is sad news. Stuart was such an interesting person and important to so many people. I am hoping his family can find comfort in their happy memories.
- Nancy McElwee, North Wales, PA
I am so sorry to hear of his passing and am sending love to your family during this painful time. He was fortunate to have such a loving family and it sounds like each of you were fortunate to have his love.
- Dana Holohan, Roanoke, Virginia
I once had a Jesuit tell me that he felt guilty praying for the souls of the departed whom he clearly knew had made it home to God. Instead he prayed to them and asked them to intercede on his behalf. And so that’s what I’ll do to my mentor, friend and probably the smartest person I have ever met. Behind that sarcasm lived an incredible man. I’m grateful for having met him. God Bless!
- Jim and Sue Jenkins , Rochester , NY
Cathy and family we were shocked when we received the call about Stuart. Please accept our sincere sympathy. We remember his humor and great smile. He will always be remembered and he will be in your hearts forever. Cathy you and your family are in our prayers.
- Nelson and Janet Meisenzahl, Rochester, New York
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Private Service Will Be Held