Stanley Grebenz

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Stanley Grebenz

Stanley Grebenz, 72, of Bessemer passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at his home after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
Stanley was born Dec. 11, 1945, in Bessemer to Mary (Kalcic) and Adolph Grebenz.
At 14 years old, he met the love of his life, Patricia (Colucci) Grebenz, and they were married on Sept. 9, 1967. The couple celebrated 51 years of marriage, and dedicated their lives to each other.
Stan graduated from Mohawk High School in 1963, and was inducted into the Mohawk Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016. He graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in psychology in 1967, and was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.
He served in the Army for two years.
He began a career with a manufacturing company in Youngstown, Ohio. He worked there doing production planning and purchasing for 34 years. He then worked for two years in purchasing for an industrial supply company in Hubbard, Ohio. He then worked for four years as the corporate director of purchasing for a group of three hospitals in Warren and Youngstown, Ohio, and finally retired in February 2011.
Stan served his church and his community. He was a member of Christ the King (St. Anthony) Catholic Church his entire life. He served as a Eucharistic minister, served on parish council, parish finance council and was a member of the church men's club.
Stan served the Bessemer Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter, president and president/treasurer of the Bessemer Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association. He served as the chairman of the Lawrence County Emergency Operation Center and was instrumental in the implementation of 911 services for Lawrence County.
Stan loved his hometown of Bessemer and served for 30 years as a member of council, 25 of which he was president. He was a member of the Bessemer Planning Commission, Bessemer Municipal Authority, chairman of the Lawrence County Boroughs Association and treasurer of the Mohawk Bicentennial Celebration.
He and his wife, Patty, enjoyed attending the theater in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and enjoyed many years as season ticket patrons of the Westminster College Celebrity Series and the New Castle Playhouse.
He enjoyed playing golf and was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh sports teams he always let his family know, "It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!" He loved going to his and his wife's class reunions. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his family.
Stan is survived by his wife, Patricia (Colucci) Grebenz; daughters, Julie (Greg) Rothbardt of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Beth (Michael) Stefano of New Castle; brothers, Jimmie (Sandra Ashton) Grebenz, Richard (Sharry) Grebenz and Gary (Robin) Grebenz; and sisters-in law, Joan (Gerald) Wyza, Kathie (Becky) Brown and Sandra (Phillip) Reda. He loved and is loved by his grandchildren, Nicole Orelli, Samuel Rothbardt, George Rothbardt, Caroline Rothbardt and Sarah Stefano; and his great-grandsons, Cooper and Jax Kendall. He had countless godchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends who gave him so much happiness in his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sam and Irene Colucci; a brother-in-law, Sam Colucci Jr.; and an infant son.
Memorial contributions in Stanley's honor may be made to the Rise Again Foundation, an organization that raises money to allow people in Western Pennsylvania with a spinal cord injury the chance to reach Beyond Expectations, at Stanley firmly believed in this cause and held its mission close to his heart.
Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak Street, Bessemer, and again from noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
A Mass will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at St Anthony Church.
Stanley will be laid to rest in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
Published on September 12, 2018
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Joyce Beadling
Sep 17, 2018
I have many childhood memories of the fun times our families shared. My deepest sympathy to Stanley's family.
Jackie Bulisco Anness
Sep 16, 2018
Patty, Julie and Beth May God wrap his Loving arms around all of you at this sad time. What a remarkable person Stan was and I was so Blessed to have known him. So kind. He will be missed.
Sep 15, 2018
Larry Macaluso
Sep 15, 2018
Stan was one of a kind. I can remember going to several movies with him in high school with the gang. He was always a lot of fun and we shared a lot of laughs together.I am sure he will be missed by his family and friends. The community of Bessemer lost a good man. My prayers and sympathy to his wife Patty and all the family.
Gary and Susan Simonsic
Sep 14, 2018
Our families were close friends and Stanley and I were childhood friends through high school. What a pillar for the town of Bessemer. Our condolences, sympathies and prayers to the family at this time of sorrow.
Gary and Susan Simonsic
Roy Anne Rudolph
Sep 14, 2018
Deepest sympathies to Patty, Julie, Beth, all friends and family. Kudos to a life well lived- you made a difference in your time here.
Bill & Rhonda Serra
Sep 14, 2018
Deepest sympathies and prayers for all of you. Stanley will missed. He is now playing the accordion up in heaven. May God bless you, and comfort you all now and forever. Rest in peace Stanley.

Deepest sympathies,

Bill & Rhonda Serra, and family
Linda Kennedy Luce
Sep 13, 2018
Patty. With sincere condolences to you and your family. May God's peace comfort you and may your many happy memories lighten your heavy heart .
Maegan Telega
Sep 13, 2018
Beth and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories warm your heart during this difficult time. Much love to you.
Mary Ann Calabrese
Sep 13, 2018
Dearest Loved ones of Stanley,

May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you in this most difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.
David Calabrese
Sep 13, 2018
To all of the members of the Grebenz family, please accept my sincerest sympathy. It has been many years since I saw Stanley but remember him as a kind, soft-spoken man who loved his family. You have lost a good man and I am sure he will be missed dearly. May God comfort you at this difficult time.
Christine O'Neill Susany
Sep 12, 2018
Patty, you and your family are in my prayers. The love story you shared with Stan will never die, nor will his spirit or his legacy of integrity, dignity, service, and commitment. His life on this earth was both blessed and a blessing to all who knew him. Shalom!
Mickie Haviland
Sep 12, 2018
We Are So Sorry For Your Loss , May God Wrap His Arms Around You And Give You Strength And Peace , And May All Your Precious Memories Bring You Comfort .
Wendine Bolon
Sep 12, 2018
To the Grebenz family:

I have been so blessed to know Julie for 6 years and to have met many of you, including Stan. Your family has been the image of strength and love. You have so many beautiful memories to share with one another and many new memories to create. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

God be with you!