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Stanley J. Grabish

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October 9, 2013

Stanley J. "Stash" Grabish, 78, died Wednesday after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family at his home in North Wales.

Born April 21, 1935, in Arnot's Addition, Saint Clair, he was a son of the late Stanley and Frances Kaminski Grabish.

He was raised in Saint Clair and always considered himself very fortunate being exposed to small town values. He carried these values with him throughout his life, family and friends were always important to him.

He graduated from Saint Clair High School in 1953 and served in the Air Force for four years.

In 1961, he graduated from Penn State University, which he was fortunate to attend under the GI Bill.

Stan's first career was at the Social Security Administration, where he retired as a public affairs officer; his second was at MetLife Resources, where he served as a financial services representative. He was actively involved in civic activities serving as past commander of AMVETS Post 142, Saint Clair.

Stanley was also involved in church activities.

He enjoyed travel, sports, walking, reading and gardening.

He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Beatrice Gallagher; ten children; 21 grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Grabish, husband of Sonia Petruncio, and Monsignor John Grabish; a sister, Bernadette Haertsch; nieces and nephews; and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Rose of Lima Church, 428 S. Main St., North Wales. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. At his request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Sacred Heart Church, 336 N. Fourth St., Allentown, PA 18105, where his brother, John, has served as pastor for the past 12 years, or to St. Clare of Assisi Church, 250 E. Hancock St., Saint Clair, PA 17970.

Published in Republican & Herald on Oct. 12, 2013
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