Clarence Leroy Stich, 81

Clarence Leroy Stich, 81, formerly of New Sewickley Twp. and Ellwood City died on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Providence Care Center following an extended illness.

Born January 20, 1932 in Fombell, he was the son of the late John C. and Grace Drushel Stich. He was married for 57 years to Imogene Gallaher Stich, who survives.

Clarence was formerly employed at the North Mill of J.& L. Steel Company, the United States Postal Service and the United States Census Bureau. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He founded “Pap Pap Creations”, where he made wooden crafts and sold them at many festivals, including the Ellwood City Arts and Craft Festival. He was a member of many clubs including; Model Railroad Club, Beaver Valley Vagabonds, The Lunch Bunch and the Green Valley Park Recreation Board. He enjoyed traveling, having visited most of the United States and Canada. He traveled to Jamaica on a Mission Trip. He also enjoyed model trains, hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.

In addition to his wife, Imogene, survivors include three daughters, Vicki (James) Henley of Rochester, Patti (David) Phillippi and Bonnie (Timothy) Phillippi, both of Ellwood City; a son, John (Michele) Stich of Phoenix, Maryland; sister, Helen Pfeifer of Girard, Ohio; sister in law, Gladys Faull of Ellwood City; nine grandchildren, Michael (Victoria) Phillippi, Timothy (Allyson) Phillippi, Jamie (Ryan) Wellman, Kristin (Daniel) Minkus, Jennifer (Jordan) Curcia, Rachel Guidry, Valerie Henley, Caitlin and Lauren Stich; and nine great grandchildren, Mikayla, Kaylee, Madison, Jianna, Nathan, Joelle, Sophia, Maddie, and Layla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Martha Marshall and two brothers, Robert and Earl Stich.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday January 1, 2014 from 4:30 – 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the New Sewickley Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 11:00 am with Rev. Daniel T. Callahan officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to New Sewickley Presbyterian Church, 101 Big Knob Rd. Rochester, PA 15074.

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8 thoughts on “Clarence Leroy Stich, 81

  1. Oh, Pappy. I have been blessed to know you, my grandfather in arms. I will miss you along with the girls but most of all, Michael. You can take your break from giving me a sentence now. When we meet again, we will catch up some more. Much love.

  2. Mrs. Stich,
    My sons and I offer want to offer our deepest sympathy on the loss of Clarence. He will be deeply missed. Miss seeing you in the neighborhood. We were hoping to make it to the funeral home but a dear friend of mine passed away, Donna Tolbert, and viewing is in Pittsburgh.
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family,
    Nancy, Michael-Tae and Noah Marks

  3. Mrs. Stich, I was saddened when I heard about Mr. Stich. He fought a long hard battle and now will be at peace with no more pain and suffering. He is in the best place of all. Just keep him close with all the wonderful memories which you have a lifetime of. One day you will be together again. Love to you all, Lisa and Jim Glies

  4. Dear Mrs. Stich, I just heard about Mr. Stich passing away. Be assured of my prayers for you and the family at this time. I would have tried to come and see you, but I heard about too late. Tomorrow I go back to the Dominican Republic. I came home for 6 weeks to help my mom move in with my sister. Love,Darlene

  5. Our warmest condolences, we wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With our deepest sympathy, Aaron, Sherree & Hunter Black

  6. Dad, Thanks for the good times. Thanks for the hearty handshakes, the tight hugs and the wink letting each of us know WE were your favorite! You enjoy walking, dancing, singing and talking again. We will take care of Mom for you. Hugs, B

  7. Dear Gene and family, You have my deepest sympathy. I am sorry that I could not visit, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have been such long- time friends of our family, and I know that my parents valued that friendship, immensely. Clarence was a good and faithful servant and is now reaping his eternal reward. Although he’ll be sorely missed by all of his family and friends, he will be with you in spirit, until you meet again. Wishing you all a healing New Year. Peace be with you.
    Deb Stewart Roberts

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