OBITUARY

Stanley Kafchinski

November 17, 1926April 1, 2013

Stanley Kafchinski, 86, of Oneonta passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 at the A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta. A longtime resident of Oneonta, he was born on November 17, 1926 in Scranton, PA. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was the son of the late Joseph Kafchinski and Rose Duda Kafchinski.

He attended Springfield HS in Springfield, PA and joined the US Army and served proudly during WWII until October 1946.For most of his working career he was self-employed. In 1952 he moved to Oneonta to distribute eggs for David White before owning and operating his own egg business, Riverside Farms. For a brief time he was a Nationwide Insurance agent. In the mid 60's he owned and operated a service station on Chestnut Street. In the early 70's he worked for Nik-0-Lok and Standard Change, which led to his forming his own distributorship BESSCO. He also owned his own Laundromat during this time.

Early in his career he was a member of Kiwanis, Elks Club, Jaycees and VFW. While he was a workaholic, he took great pleasure in flying. He owned his own Navion and Cessna airplanes. He loved tinkering with cars, mainly rebuilding engines. A favorite pastime would find him driving through country roads in upstate New York. As a good neighbor, he plowed many driveways and mowed many lawns for several decades.

On July 18, 1945 he was united in marriage to the former Jean Elizabeth Smith in Lymanville, PA. His loving family includes his wife of 67 years; two sons, Ronald and his wife, Linda of Sykesville, MD and Rodney of Unadilla, NY; one daughter, Regina Baker and her husband, Cecil of Oneonta and one former daughter-in-law, Patricia Green Kafchinski. He had 6 grandsons and 2 granddaughters, Robert Kafchinski of Owings Mills, MD, Joseph Kafchinski and wife, Cara of Herndon, VA, James Kafchinski and fiancé, Mary Ellen Withrow of Baltimore, MD, Bradley Baker and husband, Matthew Powell of Chicago, IL, Amanda Baker Tolbert and husband, Chris of Greensboro, NC, Marcia Kafchinski Lundin and husband, Jeff of Springfield, VA, Garrett Kafchinski of Brooklyn, NY and Nathan Kafchinski of Unadilla, NY. He also had two great grandchildren, Alexandria and Hudson Tolbert.

He is also survived by one sister, Clara Strempek of Scranton, PA and several nieces, nephews and their families.

Stanley was the youngest of seven children. He was predeceased by his parents; four sisters, Helen Phillips, Alice Dobrosielski, Agnes Yeckinevich, and Theresa Konnick; one brother, Joseph Jr.

Friends may call on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta from 11am to 1 pm at which time the family will be in attendance. A prayer service will follow at 1pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 1415 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Services

  • Calling Hours Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • Prayer Service Saturday, April 6, 2013
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Stanley Kafchinski

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Joan Crandall

April 11, 2013

Dear Jean, Rodney,Ronald, Gina and Cecil, So sorry to hear of Stan's passing. He was a very nice man and I know how he loved his family. He is now at peace and with God. My thouoghts and prayers are with you all.

Linda Sullaway

April 9, 2013

Jean, Regina, Cecil and family,
I was saddened to read of Stanley's passing. I am very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Sullaway

JoAnne Tyler

April 9, 2013

Jean, Regina,Cecil and family I am so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. I didm' know him well, but he was always smiling and helpful. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

April 6, 2013

To Rodney Kafchinski ( class of 1977 ) and Family, not sure if you recall the name of Pamela Harney from OHS? However, I would like to thank your family for always being so kind and wonderful to my mom: Mrs. Jane Harney Richards. Yet, I am so sorry to hear the Sad news about your Father. I know he was an exceptional man & Dad !
With prayers & sympathy,
Pamela Harney
Sunrise, Florida

April 6, 2013

To Rodney Kafchinski ( class of 1977 ) and family, Not sure if you recall the name of Pamela Harney from OHS ? However, I would like to thank your father & family for being so kind and wonderful to my mom: Mrs Jane Harney Richards in Oneonta. Yet, I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your father. I know he was an exceptional man & dad !!
With prayers & sympathy -
Pamela Harney
Sunrise, Florida

Deb Woodham

April 5, 2013

Jean and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Stan was a refreshingly old fashioned kind of guy with a heart big enough to do anything for friends, neighbors, and family, and he loved his family with every bit of that big heart. He will be missed very much.

Dawn Mewhorter

April 5, 2013

To Jean and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Stan well but do remember that he seemed to always be smiling. He had a long and busy life--what a blessing.
My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.
Dawn Mewhorter

April 5, 2013

With our sympathy.....Brenda & Al Brunner

Valerie Doliver

April 5, 2013

A true gentleman, a funny guy, a smile that lit up any room he entered. Tears tonight as I received the news. Happy memories of time spent with Stan and Jean in Oneonta and family get-togethers. Prayers to Jean and the entire family. Please let us know if there is anything you need and we'll be there.
` Valerie (Verry) Doliver

April 4, 2013

Jean, I'm thinking of you and your family
at this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you all. Peg Kuhn