Stanley J. “Sonny” Stefansky

Stanley J. "Sonny" StefanskyStanley J. “Sonny” Stefansky, 96, of Shillington, formerly of South West Street, Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Wednesday at his home in Shillington.

Born in Shenandoah, Jan. 5, 1919, he was a son of the late Peter and Josephine Mikolajczyk Stefanski.

He was educated in the Shenandoah parochial schools.

Sonny was a decorated World War II Army Air Force veteran having served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign.  He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

In his early years, he worked in the coal industry in the Shenandoah area.  Later he worked for Reading Textile and retired from there as a foundry worker.

Sonny was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and the former St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church, Shenandoah. He was a life member and prior to his death was the oldest member of the Polish American Fire Company No. 4, Shenandoah.  He was also a member of the former American Legion Post 370, Samuel H. Kehl, Shenandoah.

He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan.  He was proud of his Polish heritage having enjoyed polka dancing and ethnic foods.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Stella Vernalis; his companion, Dorothy Renninger; three sisters, Violet Stankiewicz, Rose Stefanski and Harriet Miller.

Surviving are two sons, Stanley A. Stefanski, Harrisburg, and John B. Renninger, Shillington; three daughters, Mary Ann Keretski, Mount Carmel, Diane, wife of Lee G. Smith, West Lawn, and Donna Aulenbach, Shillington; two sisters, Clara Siddall, Philadelphia, and Lorraine Yarnitsky, Shenandoah; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; caregivers, Edgar and Keith; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at St. Casimir Church, sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Divine Mercy Parish Memorial Fund, c/o 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

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