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1921 - 2016 In Memoriam Condolences
MICHAEL STANLEY STOVICH, SR. October 16, 1926 ~ December 18, 2016 Michael Stanley Stovich, Sr. passed away on December 18, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Redding, CA. Two months ago he celebrated his 90th birthday. He was born the youngest of four children to Mary Baca and Matthew Szczechowicz on October 16, 1926 in Lakewood, OH. After high school he joined the Navy, serving in the final year of World War II. He completed his study at Williamsport Technical Institute to become a patternmaker in 1949. Receiving his first patternmaker job at the Latrobe Pattern Shop in Latrobe, PA, he then went on to work for Swissvale Pattern Shop for several years. In 1969, Michael relocated to work for General Motors in Swartz Creek, MI where he and his wife raised their two children. Throughout his life he made donations to schools, churches, hospitals, and organizations and he was a life member of Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed coaching baseball, hosting dinner parties with his wife, dancing, gardening, calisthenics, playing cards, watching football, traveling, and spending time with his family. After working at General Motors for 23 years, he retired in 1992. Fifteen years ago he and his wife moved from Flint, MI to Redding, CA to be closer to his grandchildren. Michael and his wife, Louise, were married for 57 years until her passing four years ago. Michael is survived by his son, Michael S. Stovich, Jr.; daughter, Lisa L. Gentry (and husband William H. Gentry, MD) and his two grandchildren, Jennifer and William Gentry, Jr. On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at 10:00 am a rosary will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff, CA. The funeral mass begins at 11:00 am with a reception to follow at Dr. Gentry's office, 430 Rio St., Red Bluff, CA. At 12:30 pm on January 3, 2017 the graveside services will be held at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, CA. Flower arrangements may be sent to Hoyt-Cole at 816 Walnut St. Red Bluff, CA 96080.
Published in Daily News on Dec. 24, 2016
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