Deacon George C. Stepanic Sr., 77, of Norwalk, peacefully returned home on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith A. (Joseph) Stepanic; children, Mary S. (John) Peterson, of Hudson, Ohio, Dr. George C. (Gloria) Stepanic Jr., of Fremont, Jane V. (John) Kato, of Gahanna, Ohio, Matthew J. (Colleen) Stepanic, of Springfield, Pa.; his grandchildren, Joshua Stepanic, Catie and Anne Peterson, Hanna, Ava and Grant Stepanic, Cajetan, Jacy and Cody Kato and Olivia Stepanic; sisters, Rosemarie Polakowski and Patricia (Stan) Stafira; sister-in-law, Martha Stepanic; his brother, Timothy (Joyce) Stepanic; and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Steven Stepanic; his parents, Adam and Veronica Stepanic; brother, Adam J. Stepanic; brother-in-law, Raymond Polakowski Sr.; and.
Deacon George was born Aug. 1, 1936, in Mount Pleasant, Pa. He graduated from East Huntington High School and was awarded a four-year football scholarship to Xavier University, Cincinnati. Deacon George served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a captain. In 1960, after graduating from Xavier University, he began working for the Ford Motor Company as part of their management program.
Toward the end of his 34-year management career with Ford, he began his five year journey to become a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church for the Diocese of Toledo. Deacon George served the parishioners of Sandusky St. Mary’s Parish before he began ministering to the parishioners of St. Alphonsus Church, Norwalk.
An avid outdoorsman, Deacon George loved hunting, fishing, boating, the Steelers, Buckeyes and trips to Medjugorje. He was devoted to his family, parishioners and friends. Deacon George especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play on the Stepanic Family Farm.
Visitation will occur 1-6 p.m Monday, Sept. 2, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 1360 Settlement Road, Norwalk. The Most Rev. Leonard Blair, Bishop of Toledo, will preside at Deacon George’s Funeral Mass with concelebrant the Rev. William Pifher at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent, in Deacon George’s memory, to St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 1360 Settlement Road, Peru, OH 44857 or Covenant House, 461 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001.
Walker Funeral Home,98 West Main St., Norwalk, Ohio (419) 663-4513 is handling arrangements. Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.