Donald Stefaniak

GREEN BAY, WI. – Donald Stefaniak 70 of Green Bay WI. died at his home with his family by his side, following a short bout with cancer.

He was born July 17, 1943 in Traverse City, MI. to the late Stanley Stefaniak and Late Lillian Winowiski.

He was a graduate of St. Francis Catholic High School.

In September of 1962 he joined the Air Force and was stationed at KI Sawyer Air force Base where he met his wife Barbara Costello. They were married on July 18,1965 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Negaunee and remained there until her death on August 20, 1993.

On April 23, 1995 he married E. Jean (Hendrickson) Harvey and moved to Lansing MI. Following his retirement, they moved to Green Bay to be closer to family.

Donald started working for CCI in 1966, where he worked at the Mather B Mine until it closed and was transferred to the Empire Mine until he retired in 1994.

After retiring from CCI Donald joined MSHA and worked as a Mining Inspector for the Federal Government until he retired in 2008 and spent his retired years in Green Bay with his family.

Surviving are his wife, E. Jean of Green Bay. One son Bernie (Yvonne) of Phoenix, AZ. Two Daughters Lori (Charles) Davenport of Bellevue, NE. and Kim (John) Stefl of Green Bay, WI. Two step children Suzanne Kempfer of Colorado and Dean Harvey of Ishpeming. His 3 sisters Cecelia Weber, Carol Ance and Mary Rokos and his one surviving brother Jerome Stefaniak of Woodland, TX. who was not only his brother but his best friend.

Donald Also had 10 grandchildren: Mello, “T”, Merisa, Samantha, Mary, Ryan, Olivia, Kimberlee, Jack and is precious princess Marah. Three step grandchildren, Megan, Kayla and Amanda. Three Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Lillian Stefaniak, his first wife Barbara and his two brothers Stanley Jr and Robert Stefaniak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 21st at St. Paul Catholic Church in Negaunee with Monsignor Peter Oberto officiating.

Burial will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:30 am until the time of services at 11:00 am at the church on Wednesday.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jaslowski and Tara Lien along with Unity Hospice.

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