Stanley J. Pinatsek
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AGE: 91 • Somerset
Stanley J Pinatsek 91, of Somerset died on Jan. 16, 2013. Stanley was born and raised in the Piscatawaytown section of Edison and moved to Somerset in 1950. He was employed by the Federal Civil Service. He worked at the Raritan Arsenal in Metuchen, NJ and at the G.S.A. Supply Depot in Belle Mead NJ, where he retired from in 1980 , after 42 years of service. His last position was supervisor of shipping. His wife, Ann Maurer Pinatsek, of 59 years of marriage died in May 2006. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, two of which reside in the area, Gary Pinonzek of Somerset, and Victor Pinonzek of South Brunswick. He was predeceased by brothers Victor and Edward Pinonzek and by sisters Helen Mienshien and Evelyn Belson.
During World War II, Stanley served in the U.S. Marine Corps at Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and with the Army of Occupation at Yokosuka, Japan. Stanley enlisted in the Marines shortly after Pearl Harbor, and shortly after that passed a test for aviation. His unit from 1943 to 1946 was VMB-612, a marine bomber squadron operating in the forward Pacific areas. The aircraft of the squadron were designated PBJ-Mitchells, and were a modified version of the Army Air Corps B-25 Mitchells. Stanley's unit, VMB-612, was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for Iwo Jima and a Navy Unit Commendation for 3rd fleet operations against Japan. He was a member of American Legion Post 0478 in Franklin Township and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1290 in Manville, NJ. Also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. After retirement from the Civil Service, for a few years in the late 1980's, Stanley had successful employment as a messenger with Franklin State Bank in Somerset. Stanley was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in New Brunswick. He was also a trustee of the church and a member of the Holy Name Society. Stanley was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees, New York football Giants, and Rutgers football. Frequently Stanley would entertain his family with stories of these teams. Among his favorites were the time he met Mel Allen, Yankee sportscaster, who invited his wife and him up for a quick tour of the broadcast booth at the old Yankee Stadium. Another favorite was his short visits with Ed Danowski, legendary quarterback of the Giants, who was a cousin of Stanley's. Many members of Stanley's family reside in the Riverhead area of Long Island, and he frequently visited his cousins there, including Danowski. He enjoyed a full Life, but will be best remembered for his warm smile, kind heart, his intelligence, and his sense of humor. Stanley will be sorely missed. There will be no visitation of services. Interment will be private. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Published in Home News Tribune on January 20, 2013