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Stephen T. Butchko

Butchko, Stephen T.

Stephen T. Butchko, 85, of Horseheads, NY and Winter Haven, FL, died peacefully Sunday 20 January 2013, in Corning Hospital, with his loving family by his side. Stephen was born in Nanticoke, PA, on 10 April 1927 to the late Stephen and Margaret (Jacobs) Butchko. Stephen married Marie Maylock on 2 September 1949 in Frederick, MD. He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Theater. Stephen graduated from the Mansfield Teacher's College in 1951 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He completed his M.S. Degree in Education Administration from SUNY Cortland in 1970. His teaching career began at the Addison School District in 1951 followed by thirty-five years with the Corning Painted Post School District (C-PPSD). Mr. Butchko was a sixth grade teacher at Northside Grammar for numerous years, a Community School Director, a stint as an assistant principal at Northside Blodgett, and finishing his illustrious career as assistant principal at C-PPSD West High School, retiring in 1988. He was a caring and compassionate man who helped more than a few students obtain success through his guidance and dedication. Steve was a high school athlete where he lettered in basketball, football and baseball. Early in his teaching career, he was active as a basketball referee in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, IAABO. An avid golfer, Steve's love of the game led to his creation of the C-PPSD Teacher's Golf League. For years he could be pouring over that week's golf game stats. Other interest included stamp and coin collecting since childhood, as well as carpentry, woodworking and puttering around the family home he built himself in 1963. He also enjoyed travel with Marie going to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Another major component in Steve's life was the East Corning Volunteer Fire Department that he co-founded in 1959. For his service and dedication he was honored in 2010 at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Department along with co-founder and dear friend Ralph Miller. Steve was a member of the All Saints Parish for fifty-eight years, served on the Parish Council, as well as volunteered countless hours for the St. Patrick's Saturday night Bingo events. A devoted family man as well as a committed community leader, Steve will be missed for being an incredibly kind and gentle man. Steve is survived by his four children: Stephen T. Butchko, III of Keuka, NY; Sharon Butchko-Goretti of Avon, NY; David Butchko of Syracuse, NY, and Dianne (Daniel) Box of Corning, NY; grandchildren: Matthew (Nicole) Lynough, Andrew (Jessica) Lynough, and Allison Goretti; Jacob Butchko; Margaret and Madeline Box; great-grandson, Michael Lynough; one sister, Margaret Kresge of Mount Vernon, VA; sister-in-law, Joan Martin of Cherry Hill, NJ, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Marie in August of 2009; brother-in-law, Ret. Col. Cletus Kresge; sister-in-law, Barbara Maylock; and nephew, Clete Michael Kresge. Friends and family may call Friday, 25 January 2013 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday 26 January 2013 at 10:00AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 155 State Street, Corning, NY. Burial will immediately follow at the mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, with Military Honors and a Fireman's Dedication. The family extends its gratitude to the dedicated and compassionate staff at Guthrie Sayre, Corning Hospital and Absolut Care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made in Steve's name to the East Corning Volunteer Fire Department, 11873 E. Corning Rd, Corning, NY, 14830.

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Published in Star-Gazette on Jan. 23, 2013
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