- 77 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 8, 1938
- Date of passing: Aug 15, 2015
|Love and memories last forever...|
Stephen J. Melnick, Jr., Age 77 passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 15, 2015, the feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the home of Michael and Jeanette Sparks with his family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-three years, Agnes, his nine children and their spouses, Stephen (Denise), Jeanette (Michael Sparks), Theresa (August Zuno), Christian (Irene), Anne Catherine (John Burns), Michael (Sarah), Mary Agnes (Timothy Lapka), Fr. Augustine O.S.B., and Joseph (Suchada), forty grandchildren; four siblings, Elaine DeRosa, Alexandria (William Hludzinski), Walter, and Joseph (Janice); sister-in-laws, Mary Higgins, Dianne Arleth, brother-in-law, James Arleth (Judith); many beloved neices and nephews and godchildren; his dear friend, Cheryl Byrne, and her four children, Robert (Laura), Bernadette Rowe (Douglas), Joseph (Kelly), and Christopher (Joanna) and her nine grandchildren.
Stephen was a graduate of North Catholic High School and LaSalle University. He was a member of the ROTC and served six years in the Army Reserves. He worked as an accountant for the IRS, auditing non-profit organizations. This thirty year, full time career was supplemented by employment of fifty years with A&P/Superfresh foodmarkets.
Stephen’s three great loves in life were his faith (Roman Catholic), his family, and his country. Zeal for truth and the love and care of his family were his top priorities. This zeal was the drive for everything he did in his life. Stephen’s motives in life were clear, as he would often say, “God first, then family, and then country.” Those who truly knew him knew that he did all out of duty with unquestionable love and fidelity towards these three things.
Family and friends will remember the big hearted Ukrainian, gala picnics (serving as the steady pitcher for softball games), Christmas parties, day trips to the Jersey Shore, side-splitting laughter at Abbot and Costello, Sid Caesar, and Red Skeleton, listening to Joe Brady and Ed Hurst on WPEN, and a helping hand and home to those in need.Those who knew him will always treasure his memory.
A viewing will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 from 9-10:45 at St. Jude RC Church, 1402 Tenth St.,Eddystone, PA, 19022, where Requiem Mass will begin at 11 am. Christian Burial will follow in St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, 438 Cedar Rd., Elkins Park, PA. 19027
In lieu of flowers, donations for Gregorian Masses for the repose of the soul of Stephen may be made out to the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe and mailed to Agnes Melnick at 1666 State Highway 45, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.
"I can't believe it almost a year that Steve is gone. Think of him often I especially think of his laugh and certain things that he said. Hoping he is at peace and with the Lord..."
"Dear Aunt Aggie and all of my dear cousins,
The above tribute about his life is beautiful. I miss him so much and wish his body would have been stronger to fight so he could still be with you all. Sending my love and prayers to you all.
"To Steve, my brother, whom I will miss very much. I know you are at peace and free of pain now, for that I am Thankful. Although we were many years apart we were able to respect each others differences and still remain friends through the end. I have you in my prayers always and will continue to do so. Love Alex"