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Frank J. Stefanich

1917 ~ 2019 (age 101)
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Frank J. Stefanich, 101, of Naples, FL, formerly of Moline, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Vitas Hospice, Naples, FL.

Frank was born December 5, 1917 in Aurora, IL, the son of Frank and Magie (Barbic) Stefanich.  He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife of 69 years, Carmela “Carmie” (née Cirrincione) Stefanich.

Frank was a proud U.S. Veteran, serving his country during WWII and earning 3 Bronze Star medals in the three different Pacific Theaters. He worked for 37 years as an industrial manufacturing welder in Moline and then for many years as a Maintenance Engineer at Sacred Heart Elementary School. After the death of his beloved wife, Carmie, Frank moved to Naples, Florida to be near his niece Joanne and great-niece Debbie who shared a love of McDonald's hamburgers with him every Wednesday. Frank was an avid walker, walking four to nine miles a day. Late in life, Frank enjoyed watching the Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs and other sports and just hanging out with his great-nephew, Mark.

Survivors include his half-sister Annie Retel, his sister-in-law Josie Davito (née Cirrincione), as well as his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, August 2, 2019 at Christ the King Church at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 p.m. Internment, with full military honors will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Moline, Illinois.

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