STEMKOWSKI, Joseph P. Sr., 92, of St. Clairsville, OH,died Sunday, January 6, 2013, in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, OH.

He was born March 25, 1920 in Avondale, OH, a son of the late Peter and Frances Pronishun Stemkowski.

Joe was a dairy farmer and loved every minute of working the earth, operating his farm with the aid of his son, P. Joe, until July 11, 2001.

Preceding Joe in death were his wife, Betty June Paul Stemkowski, whom he married September 12, 1942; two brothers, Charlie and Tony; and four sisters, Edna, Stella, Elizabeth and Mildred.

Surviving are his children, Mary Elizabeth Maziek of San Antonio, TX, Joseph P. Stemkowski Jr. of Adena, OH, Betty Ann (Russell) Banfield and Frances P. Hartman; a sister, Patricia Padyjasek, of Shadyside; four grandchildren, David, Tony, Joe, and Janel; and two great-granddaughters, Cameron and Rylie.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, January 11th, at Bauknecht Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 441 37th Street, Bellaire, OH.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Neffs, OH with Fr. Daniel Heusel as celebrant.

Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

A vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church of the donor’s choice.

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