DELAWARE.-Stanley J. Werstak, 91, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
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Mr. Werstak was from Delaware, one of ten children born of Stanlislaws and Klemintina Liskowska Werstak. Orphaned at an early age, he and his brother, Francis, spent many of their formative years at the Ogletown orphanage, who fed his innate senses of fairness and strength. He was a devout Catholic. He proudly served his country as a Squad Leader in the 474th U.S. Army Division Aircraft Artillery landing on and surviving the D-Day landing on Normandy Beach, continuing through France, Germany, and Italy and earning along the way a Medal for Good Conduct, World War II Victory Medal, European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign medals, five bronze stars and one bronze arrowhead. He was a member of the VFW and Friends of the USS Monrovia. His next years were spent in Meriden, Conn., where he met and married the love of his life, Irene Fournier Barnas with whom he shared 30 years of marriage and helped raise three step-children, Beverly (Gerard) Champagne, of Gilbert, Ariz., Betty (Dale) Wilkison, of Jonesborough, Tenn., and John (Natalie) Barnas, of West Hartford, Conn. His grandchildren include Kelly Champagne, of Reston, Va., Allison Karsten, of Mesa, Ariz., and Joseph (Stephanie,) of Staten Island, N.Y. His great-grandchildren are Blake Davis, of Mesa, Ariz., and Michael Barnas, of Staten Island, N.Y. Mr. Werstak was much loved by his nephew and caregiver, John Slagowski and his wife, Caryn, and his nephew, John Jolley (Linda) and Richard Jolley, of Delaware. His nieces include Lisa Katzmire (David) of Delaware, Md., and Sherri Chamblee (Brent) of Aliso Viejo, Calif. Uncle was loved in the neighborhoods in which he resided during all his years in Connecticut and Delaware, Md., as he was caring and giving to his neighbors and all the squirrels and birds he fed two times a day. He was referred to as "Uncle" by many.
The family thanks the friendship, guidance, and kindness of Karen Hansen Woodward, of whom he was especially fond. We also thank the good care providers of St. Francis Hospital, Christiana Care, Millcroft Nursing Home, and Seasons Hospice.
Friends and family may visit at the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19702 on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again Friday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE. Burial will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.
Donations in his name will be greatly appreciated to the
, flowers will also be graciously accepted, as we will distribute them to area hospices. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.stranofeely.com
Strano and Feeley Family Funeral Home
635 Churchmans Road Newark, DE 19702
Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 18, 2013