Stephen Joseph Stankovits, 69, a former North Brunswick, New Jersey resident, passed away from colon cancer on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at his home in Dover, Delaware. Steve was born on February 9, 1943 in New Brunswick to parents Stephen and Goldie Stankovits.
He had held a job since the age of 12, and was always a hard working man.
Steve played clarinet and saxophone in several bands while in high school and college to earn his spending cash; he had a passion for music throughout his life. He was very knowledgeable about music and enjoyed many different types. Some of his favorites were Opera, specifically Verdi, Polka, and Cajun Zydeco. He developed a love of cooking in his 40’s and became a skilled chef. Steve enjoyed cooking dishes from his Hungarian heritage as well as many others including Polish, Cajun, and Italian for friends and family. Steve was an exceptionally skilled Pharmacist with many loyal customers.
He began his career as a teenager at Milltown pharmacy, and then worked in Princeton at Nassau Pharmacy, finishing his career with thirty years of service at Drug Fair in South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Steve had a fantastic sense of humor and told colorful, funny stories about his youth and adventures with precise detail thanks to his amazing memory. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing dominoes, playing bocce ball, gardening and barbecuing in the backyard.
He was a strong and patient man who was devoted to his family and always put them first. Steve fought a long and courageous battle against cancer every day for three years. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather. His family is very grateful for all the wonderful memories that he has given them.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Doreen Stankovits; his three daughters Marybeth Stankovits, and her husband, Matthew Tooley, of San Francisco, CA, Rachel Stankovits, and her husband, Thomas Smith, of Santa Clara, CA, Sharon Wong, and her husband, Richard, of Frederica, DE, as well as his brother, Lawrence “Larry” Stankovits, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; his sisters Lorraine Allen and Goldie Jadczak, both of East Bunswick, NJ, and his beloved grandchildren, Ethan, Trevor, and Phoebe Wong of Frederica, and Lily Smith of Santa Clara, CA., in addition to a host of other family and friends.
A mass of Christian Burial for Stephen will be held on Monday, July 30 at 11 AM at Holy Cross Church in Dover. Letters of condolences can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com