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October 5, 2013
Stephen J. Tokarchick, 88, of Big Mine Run, Ashland, passed away Saturday at his residence.
Born in Shenandoah, Oct. 27, 1924, he was a son of the late John and Anna Tokarchick.
Steve was a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor of science degree in education.
He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran.
He retired from the former Parish Steel Co., Reading, where he worked in the maintenance department.
Steve was a member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Shenandoah.
He enjoyed the outdoors, not only in recreational activities but also in maintaining his garden and home. He was an avid fisherman and loved animals; he even cared for the stray animals in his neighborhood. He also took pleasure in going to the local casinos. Above all, he cherished the time spent with his daughter in Maryland.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife, the former Elizabeth T. "Betty" Bresnock, on July 8, 2003. Steve was a faithful and devoted husband to her. Also preceding him in death were one brother, John, and five sisters, Mary, Anna, Susan, Helen and Irene.
Surviving are one daughter, Deborah S. Tokarchick, Bethesda, Md.; one sister, Olga Kalbach, Coatesville; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment with his dear wife will follow in St. Stephen Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the time of services at the funeral home. There will be no calling hours Wednesday evening. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Stephen Church Memorial Fund, c/o 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements. For additional information or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.woffuneralhome.com.
Published in Republican & Herald from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2013