Stefanic Anthony Paul Stefanic, age 65, of Hilliard, OH, left this Earth to the open arms of loved ones in Heaven, on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Tony was born on May 3, 1949 in Youngtown, OH. He lived in Youngstown and graduated from Chaney High School and The Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration. Tony was a long-time member of St. Brendan Catholic Church and a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. In the early 80's, he moved to Columbus, OH where he met the love of his life and soul mate Diane Stefanic. The two met while working for The J. Leonard Camera Rehabilitation Center. After a successful career as an Ergonomics Specialist with The Bureau of Workers Compensation/Safety & Hygiene Tony retired. Tony was an avid golfer, fisherman and loved spending time with his family, children and grandchildren. Tony was a lover of life. He always made everyone laugh and lit up the room with his contagious smile and humor. He conquered a lot of obstacles with his positive attitude and humor. He was a determined fighter of pancreatic cancer, kind hearted, and passionately loved his family and devoted friends. He will be terribly missed. Tony was welcomed home by his parents, Anthony and Anne Stefanic. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 26 years, Diane Stefanic; and beloved children, Tony Stefanic Jr., Andrew Stefanic, Eric Merritt and Keith Merritt; daughters-in-law, Amy and Meghan Merritt; grandchildren, Morgan, Norah, Max and Jake Merritt; and siblings, Jeanie Keller and James Stefanic; and extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. with a celebration of life at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hillard, OH 43026. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at St. Brendan Church, 4475 Dublin Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Anthony Stefanic Memorial Scholarship Fund at PNC Bank, which will go towards his children's college fund. Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to share a favorite memory of Tony and to extend condolences.
Tidd Funeral Home - Hilliard
5265 Norwich Street Hilliard, OH 43026
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 13, 2014