Joseph Stefura, 83

Joseph Stefura, 83, of Wampum passed away Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Ellwood City Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born October 11, 1934 in Koppel, he was the son of the late John and Sophia Kwasnicki Stefura Sr. He was married to Patty Tukalo Stefura for 58 years. She survives.

Joe graduated from Beaver Falls High School. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox following 43 years of service as a machinist. He was a member of the former Holy Trinity Orthodox Church where he served as the President of the Church Council for many years. He currently was attending the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration Church. Joe was a Veteran of the Army. Following his discharge, he served in the Army Reserve for many years. Joe enjoyed music and playing the violin.

In addition to his wife, Patty, survivors include one son, Joseph Andrew Stefura; daughter, Stephanie (Gregory “Rusty”) Riedwood of Cranberry Twp.; two granddaughters, Emily and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Riedwood; two brothers, Metro “Mickey” Stefura of Koppel, Paul (Joyce) Stefura of Big Beaver; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary and Sophie Stefura, and three brothers, Peter and John Stefura Jr, and Walter Stefura in infancy.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday September 19, 2018 from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration on Thursday at 10 am with Rev. Father Michael Senyo officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the Ellwood City Medical Center Staff and the Hospice Staff for their kind and compassionate care.

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10 thoughts on “Joseph Stefura, 83

  1. Dear Pat,
    My family and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Joe was a wonderful and kind man who will be missed by many who knew him. I pray that with the memories that you and your family have made over the years, that his love, kindness, smiles and laughter will help each of you to heal. Rest in Peace Joe
    God Bless each of you

  2. Mom and I send our deepest condolences on Joe’s passing. He was a sweet and dear man. Wishing all of you the best during this time of healing. He will be dearly missed and may he rest in peace. Love to you all! Linda, Tim and Evelyn

  3. Dear Patty and family:
    Our prayers are with you: May our Lord grant Joseph Memory Eternal and the blessings of the Kingdom of God.
    Fr. Peter/Barbara Pawlack

  4. Dear Patty and family,

    Our deepest sympathies on Joe’s passing. Growing up at Holy Trinity, I remember Joe always holding the candle for the gospel, coming to cut the pussywillows for Palm Sunday, carrying the Cross or the Gospel for the Resurrection Procession around the church, redoing the church steps, and doing many other things around the church that are too numerous too count. Truly a caring and selfless man, who loved God and his church and family. May God grant him Memory Eternal! Večnaja Pamjat“

    George, Janet, Alexander, and Timothy Sidor

    • Our prayers are with you and your family.

      Sorry Uncle Mickey for your loss. Prayers and love to you and your family.

  5. Dear Patty, Joseph, and Stephanie,

    We send our condolences regarding Joe’s falling asleep in the Lord. All of you are in our prayers. Joe was a good man with a kind soul. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see Joe at the monastery when we visited Ellwood City this past July. May God grant him Memory Eternal!

    John and Oxana Sidor

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