Thomas J. Stefano Sr., 74, of 164 State St., St. Marys, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, 2011, at his residence following an illness of the past month.
He was born Aug. 29, 1937 in Ridgway, son of the late Michael and Anna Mae Zuchowski Stefano.
On Jan. 9, 1960, in Cambridge, Ohio, he married Elizabeth Mae Gray, who survives.
He lived most of his life in Elbon, attending the Horton Township School. He was a teletype operator in the U.S. Air Force. He worked several different occupations over the years, the last being with the St. Marys Borough and the City of St. Marys, where he was a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. He retired with over 30 years of service to the municipality.
He loved hunting, fishing, camping and golfing, as well as spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He enjoyed taking care of his yard and flowers.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by three daughters, Anna Joshnick of St. Marys and her fiance Dan Yonker; Beth A. Malburg (Jeff) of St. Marys and Lisa A. Selle (Pat) of Ridgway; three sons, Michael Stefano of Unityville, Thomas J. Stefano Jr. (Jean) of St. Marys and Mark Stefano (Jennifer) of Davenport, IA; 19 grandchildren, Michael Stefano, Alisha Renaud, Melissa Stefano Craig (Josh), Stephen Joshnick, Derrick Schloder, Sheena Stefano, Heather Selle, Desirae Joshnick, David Joshnick, John Renaud, Jessica Stefano, Amber Brendel Smith (Shawn), Tricia Selle Wonderly (James), Kayla Richards, Patrick Stefano, Marlee Stefano, Amberleigh Stefano, Thomas J. Stefano III, Tiauna Stefano; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by an aunt, Evelyn Beers of St. Marys, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Jackie and Denny Herbstritt.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Stefano Krise; and by two brothers, John Stefano and Michael Stefano in infancy.
Funeral services for Thomas J. Stefano Sr. will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sat. Sept. 10, 2011 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. David C. Roddy officiating. Burial will be in the Lakelawn Cemetery in Reynoldsville.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, can be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, #2700, New York, NY 10006; or to the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.