STEPHEN J. LIMANEK

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STEPHEN J. LIMANEK BURLINGTON - Stephen J. Limanek died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at his home in Burlington. He was born in East Douglas, Mass., on July 29, 1922, son of the late John and Katherine (Chupka) Limanek. On July 5, 1952, he married Joan Moran in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, N.J. They spent their honeymoon traveling Europe on motorized bikes for two months. This past July they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and Steve's 90th birthday, with a family reunion. Steve graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1948, with a degree in electrical engineering, and from Georgetown University in 1951, with a degree in law. While at Catholic University he was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams. Steve was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, where he participated as a master sergeant in the Pacific theatre in the invasion of Okinawa. He was discharged in March of 1946. From 1948 to 1950, he was a full-time instructor in the electrical engineering department at Catholic University and in 1951 and 1952, he worked in the patent department of RCA in Washington, D.C., and in Princeton, N.J. He was a patent attorney for U.S. Philips in Irvingtonon-the-Hudson, N.Y., from 1952 to 1955, and for Texaco in New York City from 1955 to 1960. While working in New York City, he spent his evenings and weekends building the family's first home in Pleasantville, N.Y., with his father. Steve joined IBM in their Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., in 1960, where he worked as a senior patent attorney and as a managing patent attorney. In 1967, he became the founding manager of IBM Burlington's Intellectual Property Law Department in Essex Junction. During his career, he was an attorney admitted to the bars in Washington, D.C., New York, Vermont and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He retired from IBM in Burlington in 1988. After his formal retirement from IBM, he continued to work for IBM part time as an outside attorney for 10 years, and spent the winters in Florida with his wife enjoying golf and tennis. Steve and Joan traveled extensively, including a trip to Slovakia, his parents' home country, where he had spent some of his childhood. Steve was an avid sports fan throughout his life. He enjoyed attending the baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, soccer and swimming events of his children and grandchildren. Steve was active with the Burlington International Games, serving as sports director and as general manager, and was president of the Burlington Tennis Club. He was also active in Christ the King Church for many years as a Eucharistic minister and as a coach for their boys' basketball teams. At Rice Memorial High School, he was president of the Rice Home and School Association, president of the Rice Athletic Boosters Club and committee chairman of the Rice Annual Fund Drive. He was also president of the Fanny Allen Hospital Associates and a Eucharistic minister at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He served on the Board of Directors of the Baird Children's Center, where he was chairman of the Fundraising Committee. In the 1960s, he was chairman of the committee that ran the Lake Champlain Swim Team, and he initiated the formation of the Champlain Valley Summer Swim League in 1968. Steve was a loving husband and devoted father. He is survived by his wife, Joan; and seven children, Carol Limanek of South Burlington, and her daughter, Renee Postl and husband, Rick Postl, and their three children, Katarina, Daphine and Dawson; Dr. James Limanek and wife, JoAnne (Ferro), and their daughters, Elaine, Lisa and Caroline, of Shelburne; John Limanek and wife, Laurie Thompson, and their sons, Thompson and Taylor, of Charlotte; Dr. Katherine Sheeline and husband, Kip, and their daughters, Mila and Sophie, of Hillsborough, Calif.; Peter Limanek of Burlington, his daughter, Amber, and her son, Jacob, and his son, Austin; Robert Limanek, currently in Cambodia; and Thomas Limanek and wife, Mary Beth (Frenette), and their children, Noah, Madeline and Elliot. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Neil Moran and wife, Helen, of Midlothian, Va., and his children, Martha, Nancy and Andrew; and sister, Anne Kocur's two sons, John and Stephen. He was predeceased by his sister, Anne and her husband, Andrew Kocur, of East Douglas, Mass.; and niece, Mary Anne (Kocur) Cordts. There will be visiting hours on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Christ the King Church at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Resurrection Park Cemetery. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Rice Memorial High School, Development Office, 99 Proctor Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2012
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