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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, from 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 club receipts and participated in preparing the club's monthly special dinners (so he could get a free meal), American Legion Post 409, where a plaque honoring his military service hangs, and Oneonta Eagles Lodge, where he put on the best Christmas parties for the kids. He was a past member of the Moose Lodge.
Bob's hobbies and interests included golfing, vegetable and flower gardening, scratch-off tickets and having coffee at McDonald's with his brother Don and friends.
He enjoyed watching his granddaughter, Samantha and great-granddaughter, Kylie march in the Memorial Day Parade in Laurens. He also enjoyed visiting Samantha every Sunday from the day she was born and followed suit when Kylie was born.
He is survived by his daughters, Bobbie Jean Shelton and her husband, Tom of Flat Rock, North Carolina, Pamela Mattice and her husband, John of Laurens; and Tracie Heintz and her husband, Todd of Hayes, Virginia; grandchildren, Ashley Shelton of Jacksonville, Florida, Hailey and Michael Heintz of Hayes Va.and 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; his brothers-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 sisters-in-law, Margaret, Lee, Esther, and June Stiefel.
Friends may greet the family 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 Bob's care and Chestnut Park Nursing Home and Rehab for the end of his care. We could not ask for better doctors, nurses and caregivers 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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