STEFANCHIK, Nicholas was born on July 10, 1933 in Somerset, NJ, to Vasil & Milena Pyda Stefanchik. As the youngest child he enjoyed precious memories and times with his siblings, Helen, John, Peter, and twin sisters, Mary and Susan. After a lengthy physical decline he was "promoted to GLORY" on June 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn Crowder-Stefanchik of Clearwater; son, George Wetzel; and son, Nicholas Jr., with wife, Carolyn; three grandchildren, Melanie Rose, Nicholas III, and Max Stefanchik; and MaryAnn's son, S. Jim Teixeira with wife, Angela; and stepgrandchildren, Ashley and Kaitlin Teixeira. Also surviving are his loving sisters and many nieces and nephews who cherish fond memories of Uncle Nick, the smiling, happy person. Nicholas was a long time resident of Manville, NJ, and raised his children in Edison. In 1984, Nicholas chose to move to sunny Florida and lived his life enjoying the sun, music, and lifestyle. His spirit never wavered, and his spiritual roots ran deep and strong; raised as a Russian Orthodox, and was a member of St. Therese Byzantine Church in St. Petersburg. Limited mobility for the last seven years resulted in his home shrine being his alter with daily prayers and vespers. When able he enjoyed attending church with his wife MaryAnn. Interment will be at Sylvan Abbey Cemetery Mausoleum at 10 am, on Thursday, July 3, followed at 11:30 am, with a memorial service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1676 South Belcher Road, Clearwater. Memories, photos and stories about Nicholas may also be shared and enjoyed by all who loved him at (http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/NcholasStefanchikSr/homepage.aspx). Nicholas loved flowers, especially carnations. His realistic side would ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the SunCoast Hospice Care - Pinellas Park, in recognition of their loving care and service, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, (thehospicefoundation.org). www.sylvanabbey.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 1, 2014