Stanley \nSternik\n\nStanley John Sternik, 98, of Concordia Cabot died \nDecember 15 after a long battle with heart disease.\n\nStanley was born May 7, 1922 in Newark NJ to \nStanislaw and Marja Mazurkiewicz Sternik.\n\nHe was raised in NJ and began college at Villanova \nUniversity as an engineering major. Following \nDecember 7, 1941 he enlisted in the US Army and \nserved in the Pacific Theater until the completion \nof World War II. He accompanied Gen. Douglas Mac \nArthur throughout the South Pacific and Japan and \nremained there to complete the process of Japanese \nsurrender. After his honorable discharge from the \nservice, he attended Montana State University in \nBozeman, MT and received his degree from Thomas \nEdison College, NJ. Following the completion of his \neducation, he worked at Edison Laboratories and Bell \nLaboratories in NJ. Stan continued his career at the \nFederal Aviation Administration working at NAFEC, \nthe National Aviation Facilities Experimental \nCenter, performing testing on aircraft designs and \nsafety. Following his retirement he relocated to \nButler in 1991 to be closer to his family. He moved \nto Concordia last year.\n\nStan was an avid automobile enthusiast, restoring \nand maintaining cars for many years including a \nvintage Jaguar roadster. He was a member of the Old \nStone House Antique Automobile Club and worked to \nrestore their 1909 Huselton and 1922 Standard Eight \nautomobile (his birth year!). He enjoyed driving the \nStandard in many parades throughout Butler. He was \nalso a skilled pistol marksman competing in target \nshooting competitions on a local and regional level \nfor many years. Stan was an expert machinist working \ntirelessly on numerous projects in his extensive \nworkshop, completing scale steam engine models and \nfixing everything imaginable. His expertise in \nwoodworking was evident through his many complex \nconstructions, but perhaps his finest was the design \nand fabrication of several beautiful nativity \ncreches to showcase Christmas manger scenes for his \nfamily. He was a dedicated watch and clock collector \nand amateur repairer. His hallmark accomplishment \nwas the finishing and assembly of an heirloom \ngrandfather clock complete with wooden cabinetry, \nchimes and the mechanisms. He greatly enjoyed the \ntime he spent and the friendships he developed \nthrough membership in the Butler Kiwanis. Stan was \nan epicurean connoisseur and truly enjoyed fine \ncuisine, exploring new restaurants, a good beer in a \nproper chilled glass and his favorite.....a good \nsteak, cooked right. Stan was very proud of his \nPolish heritage, maintaining his Polish language \nskills, enjoying traditional foods and continuing \nmany Polish traditions which were passed on to his \nfamily. He perhaps considered his greatest \naccomplishment the times he spent as the "Best Uncle \nEver" to his loving family, sharing with them his \nmany talents and skills. Stan was also a member of \nthe Society of Automotive Engineers, the Butler \nSportsmen Club and the American Legion. Stan was a \nparishioner of St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in \nButler until his move to Concordia when he joined \nSt. Joseph Catholic Church in Cabot.\n\nStan is survived by his sister, Eugenia (Jean) \nSchweikart of Cabot (formerly of Butler), his niece, \nDr. Kathy Schweikart (Dr. Charles Spingola) of \nButler and his three grand-nieces , Maggie Spingola \n(Wellie Fox) of Zelienople, Dr. Liz Spingola of \nAlexandria, VA and Kathryn Spingola of Chicago. \n\nThe family would like to extend their gratitude to \nthe caring and compassionate caregivers of Concordia \nCabot. Their kindness is greatly appreciated.\n\nA private funeral Mass will be held for the family \nwith internment to follow in NJ.\n\nIn lieu of flowers the family requests memorial \ndonations be made to: National Glaucoma Research, \n22512 Gateway Center Drive, PO Box 1962, Clarksburg, \nMD 20871-1962 or St. Labre Indian School, PO Box \n797, Ashland, MT 59003-9900 \n\nOnline condolences can be given at \nwww.thompson-miller.com.