Stephen Raymond Szuba, 90, put God first, family second and his career third

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stephen szubaStephen Raymond Szuba, age 90, of Williamsburg, passed away on November 18, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignatius and Mary Szuba and 3 siblings.

Steve was born and raised in Philadelphia and enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He was accepted into the elite V-12 Navy College Training Program at St. Lawrence University. After completing his studies, he attended Officers’ Training School at the University of Notre Dame and upon his commission was assigned to the USS Cabildo in the Pacific fleet. He later graduated with a business degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve held managerial roles of increasing responsibility at Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 37 years. He was a recipient of the prestigious Order of Merit Award for outstanding contributions in the field of quality and reliability.

Steve put God first, family second and his career third. He was a loving, supportive and generous husband, father and grandfather, who was extremely proud of his family. Steve enjoyed gardening, woodworking, golf and international travel. He was an engaging storyteller, who had a great sense of humor.

He found joy in simple pleasures, such as spending time with his wife and family, watching a good movie and reading. He also loved family traditions and family summer vacations. He was a believer that life was directed by God with a master plan, not just incidents left to chance. According to Steve, events were not coincidental – “Gates opened” and opportunities presented themselves. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Bede Catholic Church for 20 years.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Loretta; his four daughters and sons-in-law, Dorie and Joe Zapata, Cindy and David Fedor, Rusty and Rich Anderson and Stephanie and Rich Williams and his 7 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Erica, Stephen, Christopher, Julia, Bridget and Megan.

A visitation took place from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, which was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “St. Bede Catholic Church Living Our Mission Campaign” in his memory.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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