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John SteczObituary of John N. Stecz
A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grand father. He shared his love of the Lord and love of life with all he met. John remained jovial and loving to the end of his life on February 17, 2015. He was born on Dec. 11, 1926 in Winbur PA to John & Mary (Popovich) Stecz and has been a life-long resident of Elyria, Ohio. John left Lorain High School at 17 years old to serve his country during WWII and the Korean War. In 2000 he was able to walk with the graduates and receive his high school diploma. He was employed at Forest Distributing/Kerr Beverage until he retired in 1989. John was a former member of St. Nickolas Byzantine Catholic Church where he served in the Holy Name Society. He was currently a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #451 and the American Legion. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and bowler, as well as, enjoyed running his micro flea marketing business until age 86 when he became ill.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Beverly (Nairy), three children Sue Stecz Kuhn of Elyria, Laura (Gary) Harrington of New Philadelphia and Timothy Stecz of Elyria. He is the proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren not including 3 on the way.
He was preceeded in death by his mother and father, sister Hermina (Lengyel) and brother, Michael Stecz.
The family will receive friends on Friday, from 4-8 p.m. in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain. The family will also receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 41295 North Ridge Road, Elyria. Rev. Fr. Donald Dunson, pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery. To send online condolences, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com.
So sorry to hear of your loss. He always had a wonderful smile for me and was always so kind. I lost my stepfather the day after Mr. Stecz and sorry that I hadn't seen his obituary sooner. Please accept my sincerest condolences. My thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.Sincerely,Kathy Inderrieden
Kathy Inderrieden - February 24, 2015 at 05:09 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers to Beverly and her family at this trying time. God Bless John. Met John in 1972 as a Salesman for Forest Dist. We became friends then and he was instrumental in me being able to join him working for Pete and Sandy at Forest in 1977. I forgave him for that much later. We worked our butts off and had a great time doing it. He truly was a Legend......He is looking down with a DUKE in his hand with a SMILE on his face......Will remember you always my Friend...........Snowbirding in Florida Don & Shirley Pignitella
Don Pignitella - February 20, 2015 at 08:35 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My Father in Law,My Wife's dear Father. Our children and their children have been blessed to have had John Stecz in there / our lives. You John also where a great Mentor of life and a Wonderful Friend. I will always remember the crazy and loving ways you treated the people you loved. Know that Mom S. Will be looked after and taken care of by Her family. Pops play a round of golf for me. Loved you and will see you again my Dear Father in Law
Gary E Harrington - February 20, 2015 at 12:30 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
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Your Stecz family Richard Diana Dennis and Families - February 19, 2015 at 03:53 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Hello Lovely Beverly, Sue, Laura and Tim and families. In 1976, John and I were Friendly Competitors. In 1981, when he joined Kerr Beverage Company we became a Team. No more Competitive, Compassionate, Passionate BeerMan lived, who loved his Customers more, than Steczy. A Vet, a Hero, an Uncle to my wife, Teri and sons, IV, 30, and AJ, 28. A great Mentor and Teacher to me. Best wishes all. Know well, he was/is Loved and most appreciated. And u know he had fun and lived you. Kenny and Teri Kerr Family
Ken and Teri Kerr Family - February 19, 2015 at 03:14 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
SueWe are sorry of the loss of your father, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.John Carney
John Carney - February 19, 2015 at 07:52 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
With deepest sympathy to the Stecz family.Carol Jankowski Peto
Carol Peto - February 19, 2015 at 05:51 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
God Bless and keep John and his family. You are always in our hearts. "John now's the time to go fishing and golfing with Dad (Jim)" (in heaven). Love Lynn, Ken, Dolores, Dorothy, Ryan, Cora, and Brittany
Lynn Gaddis - February 18, 2015 at 02:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Kristi and family: You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Just know that God makes no mistakes and trust Him to give you comfort in the days ahead.You are in my prayers.Grace Vauls
Grace Vauls - February 18, 2015 at 02:22 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
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