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Stanley Belza

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HAMILTON - Stanley Belza, 79, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Helene Fuld Trauma Center. He was born in Trenton on Sept. 2, 1933. The son of Stanley Belza and Jeanne Olszweski Belza, he was a longtime resident of Hopewell Township until his move to Hamilton. Stan attended school in Trenton, and graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1951. Many of his non-scholastic hours were spent on the football field, where he played tackle and was co-captain. In 1955 he graduated from Rider College with a degree in marketing. From 1956 to 1958 Stan served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., and participated in the 493D Army Band. After leaving the service Stan returned to school to obtain his master's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from NYU in 1963.
Stan's professional career began with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation where he served as a senior counselor, followed by a job as a vocational counselor with the Institute of Crippled and Disabled in New York City. In 1965 he began what would become a 34-year career with the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps program, a career technical training and education program to help young people from low income situations earn a high school diploma or GED, learn a trade and then find and keep a good job. Stan began his Job Corps career at the Ouachita Center near Hot Springs, Ark. as an educational counselor. He moved his family to Coeburn, Va. in 1966 with his promotion to corpsman supervisor and education officer. He retired in 1998, finishing his tenure as regional director of the New York region and Puerto Rico.
Upon his retirement, Stan continued to give back to others in the community by serving as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, CONTACT of Mercer County, R.S.V.P., St. Mary's Cathedral Soup Kitchen and Interfaith Caregivers of Mercer County.
Stan loved a good pun and sharing his comic findings, in person and electronically, with friends and family. An innovative thinker, his perspectives and approaches to life were one of a kind. Stan approached the world in his own unique way and left friends and family with many funny tales to tell. He deeply valued his family, his childhood friends and the friends he made during his life's journey.
Stan was married to Dorothy Marut for 50 years until her death in 2011. He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Roseann and Gregory Cooper, Regina and Vincent Mercadante; as well as four grandchildren, Eileen, Jeffery and Diana Cooper and Nicholas Mercadante. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Helen Parzych Larkin and Eleanor Marut Baker, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, including James Larkin, Jr. and Col. Kenneth Baker, and cousins, Richard Olszewski, Alice Olszewski Groch, Jeanne Olszewski Harbach, Mary Joan Olszewski Maruca, Carol Belza, Chris Smith, Joseph Smith, Kathy Krysa Datello, George Krysa, Larry Krysa, Peter Belza and their families.
Friends and relatives are invited to gather to remember Stan with his family from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26) in the community room at Grace-Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 3715 East State St. Extension, Mercerville, NJ 08619.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27) at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 137 W Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08628, with burial following at Harbourton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, 3635 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 16, Hamilton, NJ 08619, or CONTACT of Mercer County, 60 South Main St., Pennington, NJ 08534. (Floral tributes for the gathering may be sent directly to Grace - St. Paul Episcopal Church, Tuesday.) Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Trentonian on Feb. 24, 2013
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