Bernard Stanley Stukas; St. Joseph parishioner
Bernard Stanley Stukas, a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Penfield, died June 22, 2003, after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Stukas was born in Binghamton on Feb. 20, 1923, to Anthony and Caroline (Degutis) Stukas.
He served as an instructor of electronics for the United States Navy from 1944-46 and received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1945. He then worked for the following companies: General Electric as a sales engineer; Industrial Electric Co. as a partner and vice president; Haloid Xerox as an engineer in charge of paper quality; Sterling Homex as chief electrical engineer; Barnard and Maybeck as a consulting engineer; and Eastman Kodak Co. as an electrical engineer, retiring from the company in 1988. He also completed electrical engineering plans for the University of Rochester’s chapel.
At St. Joseph, he volunteered to give parishioners rides to doctors appointments, visited patients at Monroe Community Hospital and house-sat during funerals. He also drove U of R foreign-exchange students to church during their stay in the U.S.
Mr. Stukas is survived by his wife of 49 years, Claire; a son, Philip; four daughters, Bernadette Stukas, Jacqueline (Peter) Tennenbaum, Michelle (Mark) Jablonski and Corinne Stukas; grandson, Alex; sister-in-law, Gina Stukas; and a nephew and nieces.