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Wayne Stofan

WAYNE E. STOFAN age 70, beloved husband for 15 years of Judith Ann (nee Kempf); loving father of Duane (wife Colleen), Gina, Laura Valentine (nee Sgro) (husband Trevor), and Amy Bashein (nee Sgro) (husband Richard); devoted poppop of Owen, Sean, Carter, Parker, Hayden and Hadley; cherished son of Loel and the late Evelyn “Boots” (nee Heath); dearest brother of the late Sharon Rurer (husband Harry).

Wayne was born on May 16, 1947 in Ashtabula and passed away on October 5, 2017. He was a resident of Mayfield Heights for 16 years and a member of the Church of St. Clare where he was an usher. Wayne was a volunteer with Hospice of the Western Reserve and Hillcrest Meals on Wheels. He graduated from Chardon High School, attended Kent State University and University of Phoenix. Wayne retired as a U.S. Naval Officer after 30 years of service. He worked for Besam Automatic Doors and Stanley Automatic Doors. Wayne loved to travel, especially overseas and Florida. Judy was the love of his life and he enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren. Wayne will be remembered most as a kind, genuine, selfless and very happy man. He never complained, loved family gatherings and was the family photographer. Wayne will be greatly missed.

Written by Poppop Wayne for his grandson,
I am Poppop, Carters Grandpa, and I am a veteran.
I joined the Navy in 1967, Aug first and retired from the Navy in 1997 as a Lieutenant
I had all sorts of jobs in the Navy.
Boot camp was my first assignment where new sailors learned about being a sailor.
Boot camp was followed by 2 years of technical training where I was taught to repair computers. One super computer I worked on was the size of a big refrigerator. Today you would need 500 of those huge computers to do what a cheap watch can do!!
I was assigned a carrier and went to Asia to assist Americans fighting the Vietcong.
My next ship was one under construction in Bath Maine. After it was complete, we took the ship to Long Beach California. Another transfer sent the ship on to Japan, where I lived for a year. When it was time to transfer again, I was sent to Vallejo Calif to teach young men how to repair computers. Teaching was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the job, during my career I returned to Vallejo to again teach. The navy sent me to Pascagoula Mississippi to build a new type ship, it was a LHA which means it carried helicopters, tanks, and lots of marines. One magical trip on the LHA we went into the fiords of Norway above the Arctic circle. The sun came up for almost an hour each day. The rest of the time was night. I received an in-service commission and was sent packing to Newport news Virginia where a new Carrier was being built. It was a nuclear-powered ship. That ship is the only one still in service today. USS carl Vinson CVN70. When three years passed, I was sent to Pearl Harbor for my last tour of duty. In Feb of 1989, I transferred to the Fleet reserve and remained ready to go back on active duty. I retired from the US Navy on Aug 01 1997.

Contributions may be made in memory of Wayne to Hillcrest Meals on Wheels or Church of St. Clare.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Monday, October 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM at the Church of St. Clare 5659 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44124. Burial following with Military Honors at Hambden Township Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Wayne at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) SUNDAY 2-6 PM.

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  1. Blythe Wenzel :

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers

  2. Judy,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will pray for your strength to get through this sad time.
    Linda Speck

  3. Barbara Smiley :

    Dear Judy and family,
    I am a year younger than Wayne but remember how upbeat and friendly he was in high school, on the bus to school, and in band. He was a friend to many and friendly to all. I am so sorry for your loss.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Barbara Richter Smiley

  4. Cookie and John Byler :

    Judy and family I am so very sorry for your loss and heavens gain. Wayne was a fine man and I know this is a very sad time for you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Cookie and John Byler

  5. Charlette Sgro :

    Dear Judy, Amy, Laura and Family,
    Tom and I will always remember Wayne’s good heart, ever ready camera, and great laugh. He will be very missed by everyone who was touched by his kindness. The grandkids will definitely miss their “Pop-pop”. After his long illness, he’s now resting in peace in our Lord’s light.
    All our heartfelt condolences,
    Tom and Charlette Sgro

  6. Wayne was my schoolmate and I will remember him in my heart. Condolences and prayers for his extended family and circle of friends.

  7. It was so good to catch up with Wayne at our 50th year class reunion. He will be missed. Judy, my prayers are with you.

  8. Barbara Haynes :

    Dearest Judy….Gosh, I just recently saw a most lovely picture of Wayne with a beautiful smile. With heartfelt sympathy and kindest thoughts, I am thinking of you and lifting you up in prayer. Many blessings to you today and everyday Judy.

  9. Judy…I am so, so sorry for this great loss in your life. I so enjoyed loving both of you the last time we saw each other. Truly hope that the many, many memories bring you moments of great joy and comfort. I’m hugging you and wishing I was there for you…but I am in spirit.
    Damn I’m so sorry.
    Please take care of yourself and know we all love you and care about you.
    If you need me or just want to talk…please do…I’m here.
    715-373-0193….Love and hugs and above all my deepest prayers.

  10. Anita Rosenbaum :

    Judy and family,

    My condolences and prayers for you all.

    Love, Anita Rosenbaum

  11. Judy. I am so very sorry I can’t be with you at this very sad time (we are traveling in Canada). . My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember Wayne full of cheer and what a perfect couple you made. .
    I trust his spirit will live with you and hope you find comfort in knowing he is at rest with our lord.

    With our love, Fran and Joe

  12. Janette Hopkins :

    Judy so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers

  13. Carol (Adrian) Younkin :

    What can I say? I am so sorry for your loss and so sad to hear this news. It’s been a long tough year for you both. I send my love and condolences. Wayne was one of my best buddies in school and I am overwhelmed to learn of his departure, so I cannot comprehend what you are going through. Know that we love you and care, even from afar. Trusting that Wayne is with the Lord and no longer struggling.

  14. John Kessinger :

    So sorry to hear about Wayne. We have many fond memories of our times at Carousel. We’ve missed you guys.

    Love John & Barb

  15. Judy and family, please accept my deepest condolences and know that Wayne will be forever remembered with the love of a friend forever . All the strength and prayers to the family.
    Gary & Terri Chaney

  16. The Oklander Family :

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  17. Cynthia Spangler Gest :

    So sorry for your loss. We went to school together since seventh grade. What a terribly sad time for you, Judy and your family.
    I lost my husband over four years ago. I understand the pain you have.

  18. Sandy McGill Pulsifer :

    So sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Judy I’m so sorry for your loss, Wayne was the best. I send my love and my condolences to you and your entire family. I know Wayne will be missed greatly, no one can match his love, his concerne for others, and his wonderful sense of humor.

  20. Carolyn Arwood :

    Judy, I am SO SORRY to hear about Wayne’s passing! I thought he was doing OK, and it was sure good to see him last month! He was certainly one of a kind!

  21. Judy,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Wayne was a special person! His great sense of humor was wonderful. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Love and prayers
    Donna Hughes (w.w.)

  22. Jacqui Tuttle :

    Your family is in my thoughts. Wayne tried so hard to stay, but it was his time to go. He was definitely a keeper. Remember the last 15 years, not this past week. You two were so perfect together. Take care.

  23. My deepest condolences for you and your family. Wayne was a wonderful person with the biggest heart. He will truly be missed. It was a privilege and Blessing to be his friend. Blessings to you and your family. Carol Landon (Stanley) I will always remember your smile and words of wisdom.

  24. Judy and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss Wayne was a pretty great person with a really big heart like his sister.

    He will truly be missed for the lives he touch.

    Kathy McBride-Smith

  25. conniehassing :

    Wayne and Judy I love the both of you.I feel the both of you are a apart of our weight watchers family.We sure had a lot of and laughs and fun at Dawns Thursday meeting especially Waynes sense of humor.Judy Im here for you too. If you need a cat nanny Im here for her too.My prayers and love goes out to all of you at this time.God sure made a great match when he put you two together.Love and kisses Connie and M ischka xxxooo

  26. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Stofan family. I am truly sorry for your lost. I have been Wayne’s night shift nurse since he came to us. Wayne is truly inspirational to all of us at Heather Hill no matter what was going on Wayne would always smile and say thank you. Wayne never complained. I loved to sit and talk with Wayne. His love for his wife and family was truly amazing. I will always remember his smile. I will miss you Wayne I am so sorry your gone but you will not be forgotten. You can fly with the angels now and not have to suffer anymore. I love you buddy and I will see you again one day…

  27. Marjorie Appleby :

    How can you sum up in a few words what a person like Wayne has been to you? Wayne and Judy have always been special friends. Recalling our first contact some fifty-odd years ago, I didn’t know then that he would be one of my ‘forever friends’. These are the people who make you feel comfortable and welcome. Through the years, we all went our separate ways, only to come together again. Wayne was always smiling or cracking a joke and we’ll miss him dearly. He is now at peace in a place that has been prepared for him and we should celebrate his faith in God, his devotion to his family, and the many friends he left behind. Your forever friends are here for you Judy! Call anytime…

  28. Beverly Forristell :

    Dear Judy,
    I was so very sorry to hear about your loss. I remember you and Wayne together at St. Clare Church, where both of you always looked so happy. The past year has been such a struggle for both of you.

    You can be consoled in knowing what good care and attention you gave Wayne, and that he loved you very much.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

    Love and Prayers,
    Beverly Forristell

  29. Robert Hostetler :

    Dear Judy,

    To say I’m shocked is an understatement. I was so encouraged by the picture you posted of Wayne in his hospital bed. He looked so happy that I was sure he was on the mend and would soon be home with you.

    I can’t thank you enough for your love and support during my time of need, a memory I will always cherish! It was easy to see the love of Jesus shining in you both. You both “walked the talk” and have been such an inspiration to those God brought into your lives.

    I have no doubt that Wayne heard those words reserved only for those who know Jesus, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into my rest”. He was a “one of a kind of man”. I am a better person for having known you both!

    My deepest condolences to you Judy, and to your family. We don’t live in a vacuum, we live in the essence of our savior, Jesus Christ. My prayers for you during your darkest hour, knowing we will see His brightest light soon.

    May God wrap you in His arms and hold you like only He can. Bob and Susan

  30. so saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing when I saw obit in Maple Leaf this week. After growing up living next door to each other on Park Avenue in Chardon so long ago, our paths went in different directions in adulthood, but when we reconnected again in summer of 2016 at CHS reunion festivities, it was almost like we only had been apart for a short while. many memories as kids, always a class act, our lives had been so busy we lost track of each other, sadly, but my faith and relationship with Our Savior Jesus Christ makes knowing Wayne now resides with Him much easier to deal with. Praying, Judy, and family, that the Holy Spirit will touch each of you in this time of need, with a great joy of having had Wayne in our lives in one way or another for so many years.

  31. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  32. Wayne–you were such a beautiful godly soul inside and out. Being your nurse was a huge blessing and I cherish the connection we had throughout your stay at Heather Hill. You could make anybody laugh and smile and you had this warmth about you that was infectious. You believed in me as your caretaker and trusted me with your life. You trusted me when others had made you feel uneasy; and for that I will always be grateful. You made me a better nurse and a better human being. Caring for you was serious but so much fun and I will always remember you as a prankster. God chose you to be with him and anyone would be lucky to have been touched by your presence and charisma.

  33. Jane and Ernie Logsdon :

    Judy and family, We were so sorry to hear about Wayne. His amazing spirit will live on. What a wonderful gift he gave to Hillcrest MOW through his time and service. May his memory be for a blessing.

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