GRECZEK, STANLEY, 95 OF CORAL, PA
Stanley “Stan” Greczek, 95, beloved and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, from Coral, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2023, just one day before his 96th birthday.
The son of John Matthew and Angela Harkelli Greczek, natives of Poland, Stan was born on May 30, 1927, in Patton, Pennsylvania. Stan moved to Coral as a young child until his family moved to Graceton. Stan honorably served in the United States Navy from August of 1945 until April of 1946. Stan moved to Coral after marrying the love of his live, Ruthella Stern. They were blessed to celebrate forty-five years together before Ruthella passed away in 2007. Stan deeply loved his family. He had five children: DeAnn Dunmire (Dale “Dewey”) of Homer City; Lisa Hughes (Wayne) of Penn Run; Greg (Jennifer) of Pittsburgh; Keith (Christina) of Homer City; and, Jamie Griffith (Harry Borbonus) of Blairsville. Stan was blessed with four beautiful granddaughters: Melanie Bender (Ben) of Charlotte, North Carolina; Valerie Greczek of Pittsburgh; Laken Griffith of Blairsville; and, Abigail Griffith of Blairsville; step-grandchildren: Gabriel Stultz, Hannah Thomas, Luke Stultz, Aaron Stultz, and Shawnie Kessler. He was the proud great grandfather of Dylan and Alexis Bender of Charlotte.
Stan was a devoted member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, now Our Lady of the Assumption, in Coral. For most of his life, he sat in the first pew of the chapel for every Saturday evening mass. His faith was an important part of his life, and he continued to attend mass until his health no longer permitted.
Stan retired from FMC after spending a long and dedicated career there. Throughout his career at FMC, Stan formed many lasting friendships. He enjoyed his commutes to work every morning with his brother, Joe, and his childhood friend, John Sabota. Outside of work, Stan was an avid outdoorsman. He welcomed the start of hunting season every year and continued to hunt long after he retired. Even in his later years, Stan welcomed hearing about the hunting excursions of family and friends. He was a founding charter member of the Graceton-Coral Sportsman Club. He also loved attending his sons’ sporting events with Ruthella. He cheered on the Homer Center Wildcats for many basketball and football seasons. Stan never missed his sons’ baseball or softball games and could always be found sitting in right field. Stan was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He never missed watching the Steelers and Pirates. Stan, in fact, watched all types of sports and teams. He enjoyed “talking sports” and amazed family and friends with his memory of the games and stats in his later years.
Stan was proud of his Polish heritage and loved to listen to Polka music. Stan savored Polish foods, and especially loved golabki. Everyone knew that golabki and a polka always put a smile on Stan’s face. Stan was known for his kind words, honest opinions, and positive attitude. He always saw the glass to be half full. Complaining was never an option for him. Stan always assured everyone that life is a blessing. He valiantly battled his failing health, without complaint.
Most of all, Stan relished spending time with Ruthella and their children and grandchildren. Stan loved celebrating the holidays with his family, and he cherished the traditions that he and Ruthella created. He never missed an opportunity to get together with family, and often, he was the last one to leave a party or family celebration.
Stan was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruthella, his parents, brothers, Joseph, Francis (Frank), and John; sisters, Marie, Sandra “Ann” (Wellen), Kathryn (Henry), and Jean (Bertig); and his nieces Candace Bertig and Candace Henry.
In addition to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, Stan is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who will miss their beloved “Uncle Deed” or “Uncle Phil”, as he was always know to them.
Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 Wednesday at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home in Blairsville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral site with military honors to follow, conducted by the Homer City American Legion.. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Footed Friends, 220 Beck Road, Indiana, PA 15701.