On August 26, 2016, Joseph E. Stavor passed peacefully in his sleep, at Southwestern Assisted Living West Mifflin PA, joining his beloved wife Matilda (Tillie) who passed away in 2005. Joe was born on February 15, 1920 to Michael and Mary Stavor. Joe and Tillie were married in 1944 and lived on Maryland Avenue in Duquesne until her death in 2005.
He is survived by four children and their spouses. Son Robert (Dawn) of Key Largo, FL; daughter Maryann (James) Smith of Allison Park, PA; daughter Patricia (Jerome) Furman of Pottstown, PA; son James (Beverly) of West Mifflin, PA. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren Matthew (Leah Michael) Stavor; Andrew, Libby, and Lesley Smith; Justin (Amanda) Furman, Joshua (Emily Ochsenschlager) Furman, Jennifer (Phillip) Rupert; Joseph and Taylor Stavor and 2 great grandchildren Nathan Knabb and Faith Rupert. He is survived by brother Michael Stavor and wife Ida of Mullica Hill, NJ and sister-in-law Frances Pollack of Carrack, PA and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Tillie, he was predeceased by sister Theresa Radinovic of West Mifflin, PA and brother-in-law Bernard Pollack of Carrack, PA.
Joe graduated from Duquesne High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, seeing active duty in both the Pacific and European theater of operations. From 1945 to 1948 he served in the Civil Affairs division as a Military Governor in Hersbruck, Bavaria, Germany. He was a life member of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Association and retired as a Lt. Colonel from the U. S. Army Reserves. He served as a police officer and police chief for the City of Duquesne from 1942 to 1966. From 1966 to his retirement he worked with the security teams at US Steel’s Christy Park, National and Duquesne works. In addition he served as a director on the Duquesne School Board for a number of years. Joe was a life member of the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Assn, Western Pa Chief of Police, and Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church and a member of the Knight of Columbus, Lodge #4210.
Friends will be received at TEICHART- GRACAN FUNERAL HOME Wilmot and Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne Mon. 2-4 and 6-8. A panachida will be held Mon. at 3:00 pm. A memorial service will be held Tues. 9:30 am in the funeral home followed by a 10:00 am funeral liturgy at St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with Father John Cuccaro. Interment following St. Peter & Paul Cemetery.
Originally published August 26, 2016.