Michael Samuel “Mike” DeStephano

Michael DeStephanoMichael Samuel “Mike” DeStephano, 54, of 325 Washington Street, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home.

He was born August 29, 1959 in St. Marys, son of the late Samuel W. DeStephano and Alice Lecker DeStephano, who survives of St. Marys.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1977.  He was a 1981 graduate of Clarion University and did post graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and Wake Forest University in North Carolina.  He was a former employee of Windfall Products in St. Marys and Penn Tech in Johnsonburg.

In addition to his mother, Mike is survived by two sisters, Mary Lorenzo of St. Marys and Laura Ishler and her husband Jerry of Curwensville; two brothers, Carl DeStephano and his wife Elizabeth of Baldwinsville, NY and Samuel J. DeStephano and his wife Jennie of Columbus, OH; three nephews, Luke Lorenzo, Mark Ishler, and Benjamin DeStephano; and one niece, Isabella DeStephano.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by two infant brothers, John and David DeStephano; and by his nephew and godson, Matthew Lorenzo.

Mike was a member of the Ridgway YMCA and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, campfires, a good cigar, and especially spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 1:00 PM.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday from 12:00 PM till the time of service.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Marys Public Library, 127 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857; the Ridgway YMCA, 34 North Broad Street, Ridgway, PA  15853; or to a favorite charity.

Chuck & Shirley DeStephano April 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Keeping Aunt Alice and her Family in our prayers and thoughts.

Leigh April 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Sam and Jennie, so sorry for your loss. God Bless.

Willie VanZanten April 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Mike, like his family, was all good people who did not like bothering anyone. Hard to find anymore.

Andy Andres April 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Mike was sentimental and fiercely protective of his family. I will miss his sharp wit and his infectious laugh. He loved American history and American politics, and he devoured anything he could read on the subject. He was known for watching all 4 days of each party’s national conventions, and his analysis of election-night results was better than anything you could find on the national networks. He once told me that he is always the end of the line for any car he owned. “I buy clunkers and I run them into the ground, there are no other owners after me,” he once said. He was a big man with a big heart who will leave a big hole.

Laura and Brian Claypool April 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

Oh Mary and Family,
Had no idea……….with the passing of my father, I just saw this! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and I will be calling you……….Prayers for all of you!

Patty Greene April 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

Mike and I have been neighbors for years. He would always give ya a wave when he was leaving in his truck. We also shared the same birthday! Of course I am the older one.. Anyone that knew Mike knew he was a good person. I am sorry for your loss.. He will be missed by anyone that knew him and called him friend.

Alexis Andres April 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Mike was a good friend to my dad. From his visits to Delaware, I remember his laugh the most. As a young kid, I remember him both as a big man and a gentle man. He was so appreciative of any efforts made on his behalf during those visits; he was polite and he was gracious.

Lauren Andres Langford April 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mike was a kind and jovial person who could tell great stories of adventures with my dad. He knew something about everything, and he was always easy to have around. I remember one year my mom made him his own fishing vest and he was so pleased to have it and go out hunting trout. He will be missed.

Mary Ishler April 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Although we only met a couple of times at family gatherings and visited through email sometimes, Mike always struck me as a genuinely kind, sincere and encouraging person. God bless you Mike. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

Teresa Pontzer April 17, 2014 at 12:22 am

Mary,
I was so sorry to learn of your brother’s death. I will keep you and your family, especially your mom, in my prayers. You have my deepest sympathy. Please extend my condolences to your mom.
Love,
Teresa Pontzer

Susan Ishler Newton April 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to your family at this difficult time.

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