For years Stan Lanzo would provide Christmas presents to children in foster care making sure older children received gifts, as he was afraid they might be overlooked. We honor Stan’s life with this fund in his name.
All who met Stan Lanzo remember his larger-than-life laugh, his love for travel, and his distinct Boston accent. As a career prosecutor, Stan commanded respect in the courtroom and yet always found time to be mindful of people at life’s margins.
Stan left a lasting legacy in his adopted state of Tennessee. Fighting tirelessly for victims, protecting our community as a prosecutor, and, later, standing up for the rights of ordinary people as a defense lawyer.
Stan also had a heart of gold and a soft spot for the less fortunate. Each Christmas Stan would ask for a list of children in local foster care and make sure to fulfill their entire wish lists from Santa. In particular, he made sure the older children received gifts, as he was afraid they might be overlooked.
To his family, he was the head of the household and a caregiver to his late mother, Irene. To his nieces, he dubbed himself “Prince Charming,” and the name stuck. To his nephews, he was an adventurous boat captain and a loyal travel companion. And if anyone in his extended family was ever in need, Stan was there to help. Stan Lanzo left this world better than he found it, and he will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace: “The Man,” “The Myth,” “The Legend,” the “Italian Stallion.”
Survivors include sister, Carol Lanzo Anderson; brother-in-law, Richard D. Paul; nieces, Beth Paul Wolpman, (A.J.), Brenda Paul Asmus, (Chris), Janyce Peach Lever, Sharyn Peach; great-nephews, Zachary Asmus, Benjamin Asmus, (Taryn); Great-nieces, Jessica Wolpman Bian, (Kevin), Jillian Wolpman, Maren Asmus, Alexis Lever and his dear friend Tommy Payne and family.
Family and friends of Stan Lanzo are setting up this Christmas Fund to honor his life and Stan’s spirit of caring for others. The Stan Lanzo Christmas Fund will be established in perpetuity through the Chattanooga Bar Foundation where your tax-deductible contributions are collected so that they may provide a Christmas for area foster children, especially those older children. Stan would not want them overlooked!
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