John C. "Jack" Staje Sr., 96, formerly of Fifth Avenue, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 11, 2011, at The Hearthside Nursing Center, State College, where he had resided since January 2010.
Born on June 16, 1914, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Christian J. and Lillian (Williams) Staje.
He was a graduate of the Williamsport High School, class of 1932.
John C. Staje Sr.
Jack celebrated 62 years of marriage with his beloved wife, the late Elizabeth "Betty" Powell Staje before she died on Feb. 29, 2004.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre in the U.S. Army Infantry.
Jack had worked at the Darling Valve Company for 28 years, and later retired from C.A. Reed/Westvaco.
He was a life member of the Central Baptist Church, Williamsport.
Jack was also a life member of the John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707/F.&A.M., Williamsport, and the Republican League, Williamsport. He was a former member of the Valley of Williamsport/A.A.S.R., the Irem Temple Shrine, the Williamsport Shrine Club, American Legion Post No. 1, Williamsport, and the VFW Post No. 7863, DuBoistown.
He loved baseball, and played well in his younger days, loved football and was an avid Penn State fan, and loved working with the Shrine.
Jack is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carole D. (Charles) Heilig of Huntingdon, and his son and daughter-in-law, Pastor John C. (Kathy) Staje Jr. of Williamsport. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cady (Keith) Kyle, Cass (Michael) Stapleton, all of Huntingdon, and Cailin (James Vinson) Heilig of Philadelphia, Erin Beirne of Williamsport, and Ryan Beirne of Bloomsburg; his great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Kay "Ellie" and Charlotte Claudia Kyle, and Ada Toshiko and Lydia Carole Stapleton, all of Huntingdon; his brother-in-law, Merlyn G. Hughes of Wilkes-Barre Township; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father and mother, and wife Betty, Jack was preceded in death by many beloved relatives and friends.
There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 15, 2011, at the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St., Williamsport, followed by a service officiated by the Reverend Mark Mahserjian-Smith and Pastor Eleanor W. Siegrist. Interment followed in the Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers, friends may consider an act of loving kindness in his memory to the Central Baptist Church, 601 Seventh Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Condolences may be sent online at BestLifeTributes.com.