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  • Thomas E. Stefka

  • Thomas Edward Stefka, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013.

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  • Thomas Edward Stefka, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013.
    He was born on June 24, 1950, in Little Falls, son of Ludmilla Gasper Stefka and the late Edward Stefka who predeceased him in January of 1979. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Little Falls, where he graduated from Little Falls High School. He went on to SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill where he received an Associate Degree in Business Administration and furthered his education at SUNY Brockport studying Economics.
    For over twenty years, Mr. Stefka was a social welfare examiner for the Herkimer County Department of Social Services, retiring on October 30, 2001. To all who knew Tom, he was a man who had to stay active. A lifelong car enthusiast and people person, he sought part-time employment at Gaffey's Jiffy Lube in Herkimer where he remained until his passing.
    Throughout the years, he was well known for his musical talents. He was an exceptional drummer, guitar player and song writer. In the 1970’s, he was the drummer in the band "Sea Breeze", which was popular up and down the East Coast. Locally, he played music engagements with his dear friends Fran and Delores Cristiano and David Martin, members of the band "Fanfare". In more recent years, he sang and played guitar at various churches, most notably at the Church of Saints Anthony and Joseph, and the Herkimer Reformed Church. He found great joy in writing spiritual songs to praise the Lord.
    Tom was married to Anna Spagnolo of Herkimer and they were blessed with three children from this union. He is survived by his mother, Ludmilla Stefka, and her long-time companion, Andre Daigneault, of Little Falls; son, Brian T. Stefka and his wife, Jennifer, of New Hartford; daughter, Michelle Stefka Mouchantaf and her husband, Fares, of Hamilton, MA; son, Christopher E. Stefka, of Herkimer; two grandsons, Nicolas and Fares Mouchantaf; and his close friend and dear companion, Evelyn Reile.
    Tom will always be remembered as a kind and caring man who loved life. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, especially his three cherished children.
    Calling hours for Mr. Stefka will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer.
    Funeral will begin from the funeral home on Wednesday, March 20th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of Saints Anthony and Joseph, Herkimer. The Reverend Thomas Lawless, Pastor, will officiate.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family of Thomas Stefka is deeply grateful to all of the law enforcement agencies and first responders who risked their lives, and FBI K-9 dog, "Ape", who lost his life on March 13, 2013

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