Dr. Stanley E. Sobottka, 83
Professor Emeritus in Physics - University of Virginia, Dr. Stanley E. Sobottka, age 83, of Temecula, California, died on April 16, at the Murrieta Health and Rehabilitation Center in Murrieta, California.
Stanley was born at home on Dec. 20, 1930, to Henry and Frieda (Kaempf) Sobottka in Plum City, Wisconsin. The third of nine children, Stanley grew up on his family farm in Plum City. He graduated from Ellsworth High School, Wisconsin, in 1948.
He honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician First Class from 1948-1952. He then majored in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from that institution within 33 months in 1955. He next attended Stanford University, where he obtained his Master's and then his PhD in Physics in 1960.
Upon graduation, he worked as a member of the technical staff, first at Boeing Scientific Research Labs, and then at Watkins-Johnson, before becoming a member of the Physics faculty at the University of Virginia.
While at UVA, he focused on high energy nuclear physics, Xray crystallography, and in later years, the relationship between Consciousness and Physics. He retired from UVA as a Professor Emeritus of Physics in January 1996.
Stanley enjoyed hiking, travel, spending time with his family and friends, reading, and square dancing. He was an active seeker spiritually and, in 2011, moved to Temecula, Calif., to further his pursuits in this regard.
Stanley is survived by his three children, Daniel (Medora) Sobottka of Davis, Calif.; Elizabeth (Dr. Darrick E.) Antell of Greenwich, Ct., and Laura (Gary) Schifris of Ra'anana, Israel. He has eight grandchildren, one of whom currently is a student at the University of Virginia. He is also survived by seven of his brothers and sisters, Dale (Joyce) Sobottka, Carol (Burt) Huneke, Roger (Yvonne) Sobottka, Shirley Dodds, Ellen (Gene) Kirchner, Joyce Hawke, Jane (Jack) Terpstra, and Tom (Jane) Wider.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Freida (Kempf) Sobottka; and his brother, David (Velma) Sobottka of Roberts, Wis.
A celebration of Stanley's life was held at a private home in the hills surrounding Temecula on April 24.
Another memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at The Haven, 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Additionally, a memorial service and luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Hill Funeral Home, 130 North Grant Street, in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. The burial will immediately follow at the Union Cemetery, Plum City, Wisconsin. All family and friends are welcome to attend. Please RSVP for the luncheon by Monday, July 28, to