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Glastonbury Funeral Home

450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT

OBITUARY

Ryan Nathaniel Stachelek

September 4, 1982September 22, 2019
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Ryan Nathaniel Stachelek, 37, of Groton, passed away September 22, 2019. Ryan’s passion for food and cooking led him to Johnson and Wales University, from which he graduated in 2005 with degrees in baking, culinary arts, and nutrition, and to his long career as a chef, most recently working at Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook. His family and friends will miss the care and creativity he put into the meals he prepared. He always surprised us with some special dish that we had never tried before. Ryan had a gentle and generous personality that everyone loved. If you needed a place to stay after a night out, Ryan would welcome you. If you needed money to get home, Ryan would lend it to you. If you needed a special dish to serve at a party, Ryan would cook it for you. He enjoyed spinning his tables, for an audience or just for himself and is remembered for his love of the Hartford Whalers hockey team, even after they moved away and changed their name. Ryan is survived by his parents, Linda and Richard Stachelek, of Marlborough; brother Keith Stachelek of Monson, MA and his daughter, Arwyn; brother Adam and his wife Janine Stachelek, and their daughter, Gemma, of Marlborough. Calling hours will be held at Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT Monday September 30, from 4:00-7:00pm; a memorial church service will be held the following day on October 1 at Marlborough Congregational Church, 35 S Main St, Marlborough, CT at 11:00am; burial to follow at Marlboro Cemetery, East Hampton Road/ SR 66, Marlborough, CT (near the intersection of East Hampton Road and School Drive). For an online condolence, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard Stachelek, Father
  • Linda (Olson) Stachelek, Mother
  • Keith Stachelek, Brother
  • Adam Stachelek, Brother
  • Ryan is also survived his sister-in-law Janine Stachelek, and nieces Arwyn and Gemma Stachelek.

Services

  • Calling Hours Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Memories

Ryan Nathaniel Stachelek

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Beth Ayer Chelotti

October 18, 2019

Ryan, I remember you being so sweet and funny. You had a game you'd play when we worked together at Cavaliere's Bakery. We'd be in the back filling cannolis or writing on cakes or refilling sprinkles or whatever, and you'd ask me to name a number from 1-10. I'd pick a number, then you'd offer another range to chose from. You'd do this several times and then give me a song title and rap the whole thing. You had memorized the organization of your entire music collection from genre to band to album, etc plus all the lyrics. I was so amazed by this catalog you kept in your mind! You were always kind to me and always made me laugh. Sending love and warmth out into the universe with you in mind.

Leela Briggs

October 6, 2019

You always had such a big heart and it makes me so sad to think of the world without you in it. We had a lot of adventures together and your sense of humor always kept me laughing, even when life seemed hard. You taught me how to make the best chicken parm, you introduced me to a whole new world of music and we could talk endlessly about everything and nothing. You always loved me exactly as I was and you pushed me to stay true to myself and to do what I loved. You'll always have a piece of my heart, not just because you were my first love, but because you were an amazing person. I pray that you're in a better place now and you can feel all the love of everyone who misses you surrounding you and keeping you warm.

Leela Briggs

October 6, 2019

Leela Briggs

October 6, 2019

Brian Miller

September 27, 2019

We met for the first time in 8th grade when I accidentally kicked a soccer ball to your head during gym class. Even with that type of introduction we became best friends and then brothers, we shared so many adventures and laughs and just some really good times together. There are so many things I wanted to tell you since our lives took their own paths, and so many things I wanted to thank you for. I will never forget our time together Ryan, and I never forgot about you during our years apart. Thank you for being my brother and I know we will meet again.

Elaine Podzaline

September 27, 2019

I worked with chef Ryan at Summer Shack for a long time. He was always one of the sweetest and funniest guys in the kitchen. I can't tell you how many times he made me delicious foods and all of the hysterical conversations we had. I'm so sad to hear this news and I send all my love to his family. He will be greatly missed by so so many.

Russ Champlin

September 26, 2019

Ryan.... this is a tough one. I will always remember us preparing a multi course meal for my engagement party. You were welcome in our home and were a huge part of a life long memory. Loved you from day one brother. Miss you forever. Rest In Peace.

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