Robert Stavish Obituary (2021) – Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Robert J. Stavish Sr., 83, of Swoyersville and formerly of South Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre, unexpectedly but peacefully entered eternal life on Sunday morning August 29, 2021, from the comfort of his own home.
His beloved wife is Carol Ann Norkunas Stavish. Together, Bob and Carol celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on August 24.
Born August 25, 1938 in Wilkes-Barre, Robert was one of the two sons of the late Mr. Robert and Angela Podkul Stavish.
Raised in the North-End section of Wilkes-Barre, Bob was a graduate of the former James M. Coughlin High School, class of 1955. He continued his education at Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, where in 1962 he graduated from obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting.
A US Army Reserve veteran, Bob served his country honorably for six years, reaching the rank of sergeant.
An accountant by training, Bob began early in his life to learn valuable business skills by working for the family business, “Angela’s Pasties”, which his parents first set up in their home, before opening. a store in North Wilkes-Barre. Bob continued to work as a plant accountant for RCA-GE-Fairchild Semiconductor, Mountaintop, retiring after 42 years.
After his retirement, Bob began working as a tax preparer for H&R Block, before partnering with his eldest son, Robert Stavish Jr. CPA, for the past 30 years. He enjoyed visiting his clients during tax season and hearing all of their stories from the past year, as well as sharing a few personal stories. He also drove a limousine for Rose Limousine Service, Hanover Twp., During his retirement years.
A man of deep faith and trust in God, Bob was an active member of the ancient Lithuanian Holy Trinity Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he served as a reader and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. He was also a member of his Holy Name Society and served for many years on its finance board, eventually serving as its president until the church closed. After the closure, he became a member of the Church of St. Nicholas in Wilkes-Barre, where he was also extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. He lived by the motto “give to the church and you will always have money in your pocket”.
In his early years he enjoyed playing the piano, as well as other instruments, and was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA).
Throughout his life Bob had a passion for cars and was a true “Cadillac Man”. He was a member, former leader and former director of the NEPR AACA Car Club. If you didn’t see Bob driving a limo, you might find him at auto shows, cruises, parades, swap meets, and anywhere other “car guys” gather. He enjoyed volunteering at auto shows and cruises and always had a great car story to tell as well as a lot of knowledge to share.
Bob’s family was the pride and joy of his life, and the love and adoration he had for his wife, children and grandchildren was limitless. Although he loved each of his grandchildren equally, his oldest grandson, Michael, was his best friend and “pilot”, and he was so looking forward to attending his wedding which took place yesterday, September 4.
Bob will be remembered for his genuine kindness, caring and concern for others, and his gift for conversation. He has left an indelible mark on the lives of many people and his presence will be missed beyond words.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Robert and Angela Stavish, Bob was predeceased by his stepfather and stepmother, Frank and Estelle Norkunas; and his brother-in-law, Francis Norkunas.
In addition to his wife, Carol, Bob is survived by his three children, Robert Stavish Jr., Scranton; Susan Stavish-O’Boyle and her husband, John, Forty Fort; and Joseph Stavish and his wife, Cathy, Lansdowne; his five grandchildren, Michael Stavish and his wife, Grace; Jack Stavish; Elena Stavish; John Stavish and Edward Stavish; his brother, Leonard Stavish and his wife, Marie, New City, New York; his nephew, three nieces, one grand-nephew and grand-nieces.
Parents and friends are respectfully invited to attend Bob’s Christian Burial Mass which will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Monsignor John J. Sempa, friend of the family, will be the celebrant, and the Reverend Joseph D. Verespy, his pastor, will concelebrate.
Private burial with the rite of incarceration will immediately follow Funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery in Bear Creek.
Viewing will be private for Bob’s immediate family and close friends.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.
For more information or to send a message of condolence to the Stavish family, you can visit the funeral home’s website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, or the Facebook page.
One last time for your last trip, “Id? Z Bogiem!” (Go with God!) Rest in paradise with those you have loved so much on Earth until we join you in the beautiful celestial kingdom.
Posted by Citizens Voice on September 4, 2021.