William ‘Big Bill’ Stier Sr., accomplished chef

May 4, 2021

On Monday, April 19, 2021, William Michael Stier Sr., “Big Bill,” loving husband and dedicated Dad to three children and Grand “Pappy” to two, passed away at the age of 59. 

Bill was born April 1, 1962, in Clifton Heights, Pa., to John Stier and Catherine (Fleming) Stier. On June 8, 1985, he married Donna Jean Buscaglia. They raised their three children in Upper Darby, Pa., and Millsboro. 

Bill worked for the sanitation department in Upper Darby, where he raised his family until 1998. They then moved to Sussex County where Bill worked for Confetti’s Restaurant. He loved being a chef. He was also a meat cutter at BJ’s and a chef at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. 

Most people will remember Bill as the life of the party. His hugs would swallow you up and you’d never forget the feeling. He had a way of making people feel special. He always remembered a face, and wasn’t one to shy away from conversations with strangers. Bill loved to laugh and make people laugh. He was an avid Eagles fan and a wonderful chef. He liked his mugs ice cold and his food steaming hot.

When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, his answer was always “A Dad.” He could be found singing his children’s praises everywhere he went. He loved his wife and best friend Donna, whom he met when he was 17. He was a proud husband who enjoyed making Donna a special seafood meal every Mother’s Day. Becoming a “Pappy” two years ago energized him even more. He enjoyed days at the park with Axton, and Christmas celebrations with Lennon. 

Bill was preceded in death by his father, John Stier; his mother, Catherine Stier; and his mother-in-law, Geraldine Lowe. He is loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Donna; his three children, Catherine (Sean Pincus), Billy and Lindsay (Corey Norberg); his brothers, John, Tom and Raymond (Rose); and his sister, Mary Susa; and, several nieces and nephews. 

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