Michael J. Stefanik

Born: Mon., Oct. 28, 1935
Died: Wed., Apr. 3, 2019


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 07, 2019
Location: Robert F. Mulcahy Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 08, 2019
Location: SS Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Stefanik, Michael J., 83, Central City, passed away peacefully, April 3, 2019, in the company of family and friends.  Born October 28, 1935 in Central City, son of Michael and Anna (Goga) Stefanik.  Preceded in death by parents and brother-in-law, John Bihun.  Survived by loving wife of 33 years, Barbara (Manges) Stefanik; his children, Linda Miller; Brenda (Joseph) Pacifico; Kimberly Stefanik; step-son, Lee Manges; sister, Nancy (James) Conjelko; niece, Pamela (David) Roe; nephew, Brian (Amy) Conjelko; grandchildren, Cassandra Pacifico, Christian Pacifico, BreAnn DeWitt and Hope Brock; great-granddaughter, Avery DeWitt; and two very special friends, Keith and Tracy Bowser.  Michael served in the U.S. Marine Corps, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and University of Maryland.  Michael retired from Chestnut Ridge School District after teaching music for 30 years.  Michael was an accomplished musician and played with many groups in the area.  He enjoyed playing polkas for various festivals.  His instrument of choice was the saxophone.  Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, with evening devotion at 7:30 p.m. at Robert F. Mulcahy Funeral Home, Central City.  Brief service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8, at Robert F. Mulcahy Funeral Home and Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Central City, Rev. Paul Yanke.  Committal Parish Cemetery.  Graveside military rites by Central City VFW and American Legion Posts.  In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in memory of Michael to the Chestnut Ridge Band, Chestnut Ridge School District, 3281 Valley Road, Fishertown, PA 15539.  www.mulcahyfuneralhome.com.

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Amy Conjelko
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019

Heavenly Memories was sent by Brian, Amy, and Alex Conjelko.

We have so many wonderful memories of our beloved Uncle Michael. He will be in our hearts and thoughts always. Our Deepest Sympathies and Love, Brian, Amy, and Alex Conjelko

Mary Ann Mock
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Tip of the hat to my old band director at Chestnut Ridge Middle and High School. I chose the Alto Sax all because of him. :) <3

Janet M Gibbons
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
All of those weddings made festive and wonderful because of you. You played at my wedding in 1973. Thank you for all the joy you brought.

Victoria Smith Fowler
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
It was my pleasure to teach with Mike for many years. I will always remember his smile and the beautiful music he created. Generations of band students were influenced by Mike, however, the full extent of his legacy will never be known. The angels in heaven are tapping their toes to one of his great polka tunes I'll bet!

Gail Stufft
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the family. I enjoyed having him for band.

   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Mr Stefanik was our band leader when I was in high school. He encouraged me, listened to my fears, gave me guidance, and nurtured my love of music. He is the one teacher I have the most fond memories of. Your family will be close to my heart.

Roy Oldham
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Mike taught me in 1968. I have thought of him fondly over the years. My sincere condolences.

Janice puricelli
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy, Love and Prayers..Rey and Carolyn Puricelli

Christine Kushner Wargo
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Sincerest sympathy.

Mike worked with my Dad one summer in Maryland and he played in our wedding -- 52 years ago!

Tracy Bowser
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
You came into my life at a small elementary school. I didn’t even know I needed someone. But you became teacher, mentor, friend, then family. You did for my daughters as you did for me. You came to dance recitals, sporting events, concerts and holiday meals.
I remember going to football games with you after you retired, we could not go very far before we had someone approaching you saying you made an impact on their lives. You were their favorite teacher, the person who they could come to.
I know God had a special purpose when he gave you to us. You reached so many people. Now God needs your special MAGIC. We were greedy because we wanted you on this earth longer, but God only makes a few who can touch so many. From that small elementary classroom, to the many people you helped just because you were you, we wanted to keep you. To the father of my heart.

The Chestnut Ridge School Board and the Administration
   Posted Sun April 07, 2019
On behalf of the Chestnut Ridge School Board and the Administration, we extend our deepest sympathy to your family. We will make a donation to the Chestnut Ridge Band Department in memory of the many years Mr. Stefanik has given his time and talent to our students and staff. He was deeply appreciated.

The Chestnut Ridge School Board and the Administration

Phil and Debbie Muzia
   Posted Sun April 07, 2019
Michael was a beloved and faithful church leader who we will all miss. A kind man with a love of music, he led us all in songs of worship on Sunday mornings. To Barbara and family, you have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

Sheryl Diehl
   Posted Sun April 07, 2019
Mike's passing is such a big loss to so many whose lives he touched. He always organized a band that made the teachers, students, and parents of Chestnut Ridge proud. I, too, hope that the angels in heaven are dancing to his music.

David Bachman
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
Learned much about Michael from friend Lee Manges. Michael was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. I viewed some of his videos from his performances and heard many a story of his contributions to the musical community during his lifetime. He leaves a legacy of accomplishments to the creative artistic world. May his harmonies in heaven continue. -DWB

Bachman family
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Sending condolences to Lee and his family during this difficult time.

The Bachman family

Chestnut Ridge Band Parents and Associates
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
It is with the heaviest of hearts and the utmost of respect that the Chestnut Ridge Band Parents and Associates express our symphaty to Mr. Stefanik’s family and friends. Mr. Stefanik, our beloved band director of nearly three decades, always showed compassion, patience and instilled a lifelong love of music in his students. With your high degree of musical ability, we are so humbled that you chose to dedicate your life to educating our children. You played your sax with the famous Marine Corp Band, you played professionally from Boston to DC and countless gigs across this country but yet you were most proud of your high school band. Years after you retired you still recognized your former students and remembered the instrument they played. We were so blessed to have you in the Chestnut Ridge District.

Valerie (Kring)
   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
Mr. Stefanik was my band instructor from 5th-12th grades at Chestnut Ridge.
He was a fair and caring teacher, who also went out of his way for students.
My sister was also in the band, and once we had practice after school and had no ride home, so Mr. Stefanik took us home. On the way, he stopped at the market and got us ice cream bars to enjoy on the way. I have always had the fondest memories of him, and will continue to do so. God bless the family and friends always.