Stephen J. Raynak, Sr.
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AGE: 87 • South Plainfield
Stephen J. Raynak, Sr., 87, died on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 in the Haven Hospice within JFK Medical Center in Edison. Born and raised in Old Forge, PA., to the late Andrew and Mary, Stephen was one of eleven children. He entered the United States Navy during WWII where he served his country honorably as a Machinist Mate Third Class prior to his discharge. He resided in Elizabeth prior to settling in South Plainfield 57 years ago. As a long time employee of PSE&G, Stephen worked as a lineman and later as an inspector prior to his retirement over 20 years ago. He spent his time freshwater fishing, was a longtime member of the South Plainfield BPOE Elks Lodge # 2298 and is a communicant of Sacred Heart RC Church. In his younger years, he also enjoyed hunting.
Predeceased by seven siblings, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean; his son and daughter in law, Stephen Jr. and Linda of Middlesex; a granddaughter, Lindsay Semonish and her husband, Bryan, and three siblings, Michael, Helen and Mary.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10am in the McCriskin - Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080 www.mccriskinfuneralhome.com. Entombment will follow services in Holy Redeemer Cemetery Mausoleum. Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation hours on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Plainfield Elks, Children with Special Needs Fund, 1254 New Market Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.
Published in Courier News on Nov. 13, 2012