US Navy

Michael F. Stakem, Jr.

May 5, 1929

Michael F. Stakem, Jr., 90, formerly of Williamstown, passed away Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter in Elizabethville.

Born in Williamstown, May 5, 1929, a son of the late Michael Sr. and Beulah Bitterman Stakem.

Mick attended Williamstown Catholic High School. He was a World War II Navy Veteran where he served on the USS Howard Gilmore.    He was also a veteran of the 103rd National Guard, Indiantown Gap and 131st National Guard, Williamstown.

He was a retired Heavy Equipment Mechanic at Ft. Indiantown Gap.

Mick was a life member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown and a 48 year member of Williamstown American Legion.

He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Helen "Pat" Welsh Stakem, 2002, a daughter, Jennifer Carl, 1998; a son James Stakem, 2009; and a granddaughter Alicia Stakem, 2016 and a companion, Grace Gaffney, 2015.

Surviving are his children four sons, Michael F. III, Lebanon; Shawn (Jackie), Harrisburg; Patrick, Tower City and Kevin (Glenda), Pillow; four daughters, Kathryn Humphries, CO; Monica Updegrave, Marysville; Bridget Mattern (Bob), Elizabethville and Maureen Watkeys, Halifax. 23 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 am from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown with  Rev. Michael Opaki as celebrant.  Burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery. Viewing will be from 8:30-10:00 am at the church.  Memorial donations can be made to the Sacred Heart Church c/o Parish Office, 732 Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048. The  Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements.   To sign the guestbook visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com.

 

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