Bob Stahl formerly of Latrobe and Ellwood City passed away peacefully at his residence in Zelienople on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He always counted his blessings and birthdays in advance so he was officially in his 96th year.
His faith was the cornerstone of his life and he tried to live his life by following the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. He was an active member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City where he served as an Elder, Sunday School Superintendent, member of the church choir and as one of the three Kings in the annual Boar’s Head Festival.
He had a wonderful life! He was born in Latrobe on August 10, 1923 to Carl and Constance Stahl. He had 3 brothers and 2 sisters and he outlived them all. He grew up in Derry and got his first job before graduating from high school working double duty for Elderton State Bank as their teller by day and their janitor by night.
Bob decided to enlist in the Navy in October 1942. He went to the Army office to sign up but since they were closed the Navy got a new recruit. He was stationed with the submarine service in New London, CT and Portsmouth NH until his discharge in 1946.
After his discharge from the Navy he found the love of his life at the First Presbyterian Church in Latrobe. He told everyone the moment he saw Dorothy singing in the quartet he knew he would marry her and in 1948 they were married. They had 3 daughters- a pair (of identical twins) and a spare.
Bob joined First National Bank after returning from the service and worked for many great banks and with many great people. Early in his career Bob work for Fred Rogers the father of “Mister Rogers” and he even taught him in Sunday school. Bob retired from First Seneca Bank in 1985 as a Regional Vice President.
In addition to his involvement with Christ Presbyterian Church he was actively involved with the Rotary Club, The Red Barn Theatre, the Masons, Connoquenessing Country Club and the “The Literacy Society”. He was an avid reader, loved to do Sudoku puzzles, made beautiful stained glass pieces and even tried to learn to play the piano at age 70. He enjoyed swimming and was a regular at Silver Sneakers. Bob was a true Leo and a spiffy dresser who always received compliments for his fashionable attire.
After retiring, Dorothy and Bob took to the road in their RV and traveled throughout the US and Canada and enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. They also traveled abroad with the Rotary Club. They loved playing golf, watching golf on TV and in person at The Masters and just enjoyed being together. They were always by each other’s side.
Bob will be missed dearly by his family but they know they will be reunited with him in the future. He leaves behind his beautiful wife Dorothy of 70 years; their daughters Sue Hoffman and Barbie Lovejoy; son in law, Dave Hoffman; granddaughters Kim Brant and Megan O’Hara; grandsons in laws Chad Brant and Phil O’Hara and 6 great grandkids, Jack and Mary Brant and Belle, Aidan, Brady and Quinn O’Hara.
He has been reunited with their daughter Linda Stahl who passed away in 2005.
Visitation will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City on Tuesday, January 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the Christ Presbyterian Church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. His pastor, Rev. Tod Custer will officiate. A Masonic Service will be held at 5 pm on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com
As a member of Christ Presbyterian Church through my youth & daughter of Connequenessing Country Club members, I have fond memories of Bob (& Dorothy) Stahl. My condolences to their family.
Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen
I first got to know Bob, Dorothy and the girls when I was a lifeguard at the pool in Ewing Park where they spent a lot of time. We became friends and I enjoyed visiting with them in their home in summers when I was home from college. Bob recruited me into the Red Barn Players creating one of my happiest memories from Ellwood. Bob was such a wonderful, amiable fellow who I will always remember fondly. My sincere thoughts go out to Dorothy, Sue and Barbie.
I was a classmate of Mr. Stahl’s daughter Barbara in 1971. My condolences to Barbara and her family during this difficult time. God bless you, your family, and father.
I’m truly sorry for your loss. Bob was such a delightful person who I’ve known for many years. To you Dorothy, and your family, loosing a loved one is so difficult. The journey of grief is not easy but God will see you through. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God surround you with his loving arms, comfort you and give you strength in the days ahead.
With much love,
My deepest sympathy to the Stahl family. Mr. Stahl was a cherished friend of my parents, Bill and Velma Friday. Wishing you comfort in the days ahead. ??????
Barbara Friday Grundy
My deepest sympathy to the Stahl family. Mr. Stahl was a cherished friend of my parents, Bill and Velma Friday. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. ??????
Bob loved life, his family, his car, golf, and plaid pants. He was a joy to be around. ” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believed in him would not perish but have everlasting life.”
Rest in Peace, Bob
Dear Mrs Stahl, & Sue & Barbie,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband & father, whom I knew, admired, & respected growing up as one of the truest gentlemen around. I sang with you & Mr. Stahl in the church choir, and appeared with you in the Red Barn production of “Girl Crazy”, from which I have a great photo of you two. If you would like, I can e-mail it to you, or post it on my facebook page so you can download it. I know Mr. Stahl will be missed by all who knew him.
Sincerely, Ruthelen Jones (ReJ) Noysser
Susie, Mrs. STAHL
I AM SO SORRY
BONNIE MCCONAHY CLASS OF 70
Aunt Don, Sue and Barbie…..so sorry to hear about Uncle Bob. I have so many fond memories. Wishing y’all peace and comfort…!!!!