George L. Stephens, 83, of Hawley, died on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Gino Merli Veteran Center in Scranton. |
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Regina P. Meszler. The couple married on August 13, 1955.
Born on February 3, 1930 in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of the late Layton and Mildred Jackson Stephens.
He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. George was employed at Moore Business Forms where he was the supervisor of shipping.
George was a talented and creative woodworker. He loved biking, walking, animals, fishing and stock car racing.
Most of all, George embraced the meaning of a loving husband and father.
George was also one of the most versatile baseball players to perform on local diamonds, he was accomplished in three positions: centerfield, pitcher and first base. He played for White Mills in the Delaware Valley League and for White Mills, Honesdale, and Newfoundland in the Wayne County League.
George was the first selection for centerfield on the 1948-1972 ERA Wayne County League All-Stars. His selection was based on a long career of stardom in the centerfield position.
While in military service, he played on the Fourth Army Team.
Once baseball was discontinued in local towns, George played with softball teams in the Wayne County softball league. In latter years, he directed his attention to recreational golf.
Also surviving is his son Damian Stephens and wife Melissa of Honesdale; daughters Stephanie Dein and husband Thomas of Hawley, Sally Stephens of Honesdale and Pamela Stephens and Steven Mikulewicz of Honesdale; a brother Benjamin Stephens and wife Gwen of Newark Valley, NY; grandchildren Amanda Rezykowski and husband Anthony, Sarah Dein, Megan Batzel, Madison and Logan Stephens; a great grandchild Emma Rezykowski; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter Susan and a sister Evelyn Novobilski.
As per his request, cremation was held. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale from 5 to 8.
Private funeral services will be held at the families convenience. Condolences: www.hesslingfuneralhome.com
In lieu of memorial contributions, George would wish you to take the time love and cherish your family.
Published in Wayne Independent on Nov. 5, 2013