We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Massillon Chapel
Stanley J. “Stucky” Josefczyk, Jr., 69, of Navarre, passed away quietly but unexpectedly, at his home, early Monday morning, May 16, 2022, following a period of declining health. Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, February 13, 1953, a son to the late Stanley J. and Frances M. (Bodnar) Josefczyk, Sr., Stucky graduated from Martins Ferry High School with the Class of 1971. The early years of his professional career were spent with several companies – including ten years with the Timken Co., working in machinery and equipment repair. He also served as a volunteer fire fighter with the former Bethlehem Township Fire Department before completing training and certification as one of western Stark County’s earliest Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedics. In addition to working full-time as a firefighter/EMT/paramedic, he also served as Chief of the BTVFD.
That was what he did. But this is who he was: A man of quiet faith, he was an active member of St. Clement/Holy Family Parish in Navarre; he placed his wife, his family and his community at the center of his life. A devoted husband, a loving and supportive dad, and a fun-loving, often mischievous grandpa, he was guided by his faith, his sense of duty, his devotion to the family and extended family God placed in his care, and to his Polish heritage. He was the family’s Santa Claus; the champion cook and baker who always made enough to share; the all-round mechanic and repair guy – who built an eclectic collection of odds and ends that just might come in handy someday. So renown were his skills in the kitchen that he did the cooking for church suppers, parish festivals and family weddings. He made favorite ethnic dishes from scratch and dreamed about having his own catering business after he retired. His professional and social memberships included the Stark County Firefighters Association, Navarre VFW Post 5047 and the Polish National Alliance.
Predeceased by his parents; Stucky is survived by his best friend and wife of nearly forty years, Lori Ann (Robinson) Josefczyk, of the home; their children, Jessica (Alex) Marino, of Parrish, Florida, Amber (Bo) Brandon, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Joshua (Erin) Josefczyk, of Navarre; grandchildren, Barrett and Emersyn Brandon, Joelle Josefczyk and Erian McCray; his sister, Linda Josefczyk, of Massillon, brothers, Gary (Peggy) Josefczyk, of Coquitlam, British Columbia and John (Karen) Josefczyk, of Steubenville, Ohio. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Theresa Crites (Steven Carpenter) of Coshocton, Ohio; nieces, Maegan Josefczyk, Georgia (Owen) Whittaker, Zachary Josefczyk and Corey Harris; together with a host of treasured friends.
Family and friends will join with Fr. Edward Beneleit to celebrate a funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, at Holy Family Parish Church in Navarre. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. The family will receive condolences from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the church. Erie Valley Fire & Rescue will join other area fire and emergency medical service professionals in a Last Alarm Ceremony at 12:30 also in the church. The family has suggested memorial contributions to advance the mission and ministry of Holy Family Parish. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Navarre. Your memories and condolences are always welcome and may be added to our on-line guestbook at www.atkinsonfeucht.com.