Peter “Pete” Stednitz, Tamaqua, passed away peacefully Friday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center-Cedar Crest, Allentown, with family by his side.
Born in Saint Clair, July 1, 1934, he was a son of the late Prokop and Anna Hafianiak Stednitz.
He attended Saint Clair High School and enlisted in the Air Force.
Pete was a decorated Air Force pilot, having served in the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He worked in maintenance and carpet and tile installation.
Pete was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Tamaqua, and the American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe. He was a well-known drummer, having played with the King Brothers, the Polka Dots and the Marion Lush Polka Band that was well known as the Golden Voice of Polkas.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were five brothers, Andrew, Joseph, John, Simeon “Sam” and Metro Stednitz; and three sisters, Mary Selecky, Julia Darosh and Anna Kazmari.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, the former Marie Malinowski; one stepdaughter, Donna Martin and her husband, Jack, Pottsville; two step-grandchildren, Becky Kline and her husband, Scott, Pottsville, and Allison Ayers and her husband, Brent, Pottsville; three step-great-grandchildren, Sean and Trent Ayers and Scott Kline Jr.; one sister, Helen Udit, Arnots Addition, Saint Clair; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Tamaqua. The Rev. William Linkchorst, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown.
Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Church Memorial Fund, 307 Pine St., Tamaqua, PA 18252.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.