Local restaurant helps give back to detective's family

CREATED Feb 23, 2014

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WEST ALLIS -- A West Allis detective will be laid to rest tomorrow - Stacie Napoli died last week after giving birth to twins. Her husband now faces the task of raising the twins without his wife. But he's not alone.

Donations are pouring in for the Napoli family from Sobelman’s Pub and Grill. Owner Dave Sobelman never met Stacie. But, as a husband and father, he was inspired to help her family.

Stacie Napoli's twins may have lost their mother, but they have a community behind them.

"It sounds like she was a very loving person,” remarks Wendy Audley of Merton. “Just having that memory and to have people talk about their mom to them - I'm sure that they'll have a wonderful life."

Sobelman's is donating a dollar for each burger sold today, to the Stacie Napoli fund. Customers also donated money in this blue bucket.

"I’m sure it doesn't help ease the pain, but it's going to help the family through a tough time right now," adds Audley.

It's normally packed here on Sundays, but this crowd is more than they usually get. A lot of customers traveled from near and far specifically to help the family.

Alice Lippe didn't know the family either - but the news of Napoli's untimely death touched her.

"I thought it was very tragic, being a mother and a grandmother myself,” says Lippe. We had been talking about coming here to eat at some point this winter, and when we heard about this, we decided, let's go on Sunday."

Owner Dave Sobelman says the money for the twins, Ellie and Parker, has been pouring in.

“I think we can get to $1,000 easily,” notes Sobelman. “I’m going to probably give up about $800 or so from the burgers. One customer Friday night came in with a $200 check."

I talked to one of Stacie's co-workers from the West Allis Police Department. He tells TODAY’S TMJ4 even though the twins were born premature, they are doing well.