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ONEONTA - Robert C. Stiefel, 93, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Bob was born on June 14, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of Charles and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.
He served his country in the United States Army during World War II (1943 to 1945), where he received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Bob retired as a supervisor in the receiving department at SUNY Oneonta.
He was a member of the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, where he counted receipts for the club and participated in preparing the club's monthly special dinners (so he could get a free meal), the American Legion Post 409 where a plaque honoring his military service hangs, the Oneonta Eagles Lodge where he put on the the best Christmas parties for the kids and was a past member of the Moose Lodge.
Bob had several hobbies and interests including golfing, vegetable and flower gardening, scratch-off tickets and having coffee a McDonald's with his brother Don and friends.
He enjoyed watching his granddaughter, Samantha, and great-granddaughter, Kylie, marching in the Memorial Day Parade in Laurens. He also enjoyed visiting Samantha every Sunday from the day she was born, and then followed suit when Kylie was born.
He is survived by his daughters, Bobbie (Tom) Jean of Flat Rock, North Carolina, Pamela (John) Mattice of Laurens, Tracie (Todd) Heintz of Hayes, Virginia; grandchildren, Ashley Shelton of Jacksonville, Florida, Hailey and Michael Heintz of Hayes, Virgina, Samantha Mattice of Pleasant Valley; and one great-grandchild, Kylie Mattice of Pleasant Valley. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald and Jack Stiefel; sisters, Joyce and Shirley; brother-in-law, Willard Miller; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Fred, Ken, Gordon, Richard, Ronald, Lloyd, and Norman Stiefel; sisters, Daurice and Janet Miller; brothers-in-law, Ralph, Tom and Dick; and his sisters-in-law, Margaret, Lee, Esther, and June Stiefel.
Friends may greet the family on from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.
There will be a time of sharing at 6 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours.
The family thanks Fox Hospital for the start of his care and Chestnut Park Nursing Home and Rehab for the end of his care. We could not ask for better doctors, nurses and care givers - you all are a true blessing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
To light a candle or send an online condolence, please visit www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on February 4, 2018
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