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Gary Stankevich

Gary Michael Stankevich

Monday, October 6th, 1958 - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
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Gary Stankevich, age 61, of Peters Township, son of the late Ray and Betty Jane Stankevich, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on September 2, 2020, surrounded in love by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on October 6, 1958, Gary leaves a legacy of love, friendship, and faith that will continue to inspire and comfort his friends and family. For forty-one years, Gary worked at PA American Water, for many years as shop steward and union vice president. Gary was the person everyone came to for advice because of his innate ability to fairly see all sides. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and would always keep people laughing, especially his two sisters. Although he didn’t start running until his late 20’s, Gary was a natural runner and became well-known and respected in the running community; he loved to push himself—running steeper hills, doing faster splits, and taking crazier routes, always in shorts no matter the weather. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, Gary loved to attend Penguin games and talk sports. He could fix anything, and he loved his yard, the ocean, the cottage, a good glass of red wine and his pets. But his greatest love was for his wife, soul mate, and best friend Maureen, inseparable since they met in 1980. Gary’s deep faith in God saved him many times in life, and nurtured his resilience, hope, and ability to find beauty in the struggle. He deeply loved life and believed in “Living the Dream”. His earthly race is won and he is now living the dream in eternity. Gary is preceded in death by his in-laws Jim and Betty Machin and sisters-in-law Kathy Baldauf and Nancy Haskins. He is survived by his loving, angel, pumpkin pie wife of 37 years Maureen, who did not leave his side for the entire journey, sisters Linda (David) Pfister, Patty (Ken) Welsh, cousin Clara (Matt) Jacob, sisters-in-law, Kathy (John) Quien, Sandy (Larry) Rosenberger, Patty (Chuck) Hosler, brothers-in-law Eddie Baldauf, James (Dae) Machin, Rick Haskins and many loving nieces and nephews. Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, visitation and services are private. Arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray 15317, 724-941-3211. Memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be sent to PetSmart Charities, 19601 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027 (https://petsmartcharities.org/). Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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    PITTSBURGH, PA
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Lisa Pavlik

Posted at 09:29pm
Gary was a kind, happy guy whom I had the pleasure to meet in yoga classes. Gary was a great addition to our "ladies" yoga class! He always took the time to chat before and after class and just brought smiles and laughs to all of us. Maureen, my deepest sympathy. May God Bless You ! Gary will be missed.
Lisa Pavlik

 
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Maureen Stankevich Posted at 07:49am

Thank you so much Lisa for those heartfelt words. He enjoyed & loved our classes and having you as our yoga class neighbor. I hope I can find the courage & strength to get back to my mat. I so miss him.
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Brian Day

Posted at 08:29pm
I met Gary about 20 years ago when I first started the Peters Twp Masters Swimming program. Gary could hardly swim and was avid to learn to get better. He frequently either to the workout or after. Two great memories of Gary were when he, I, and John Dziak competed as a relay at the Pittsburgh Triathlon. I was first out of the water and was hurting bad and Gary was laughing hysterically at me as I ran to the lot to tag our biker. He later told me, “now you know how I feel swimming!”
Another memory If Gary was at a workout. We had a lifeguard on duty most of the time and one day Gary swallowed some water and was standing on the deck, hands on knees coughing and choking on water. I ran over to him and was ready to give him the Heimlich! He had stopped coughing and looked at me smiling and said... right on time!
I was so sad to hear of his passing because a workout never passed without him joking or laughing. I am now glad he is no longer suffering and is healed in full and with our Lord and Savior.
 
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Maureen Stankevich Posted at 09:06pm

Thank you Brian for your words of sympathy. I know both those stories. Lol. He was a great guy & I was so blessed to have him as my soul mate.
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Brian Steffey

Posted at 07:51am
My deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Barbara E. Garry

Posted at 07:46pm
Gary was such a wonderful optimistic person. I will so miss seeing him at yoga classes. Gary and Maureen have always been a very special part of our yoga group. I could see that they were a lovely devoted couple in every way.
My sincere condolences on Gary’s passing, Maureen. I will be praying for both of you. Rest In Peace, Gary. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
 
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Maureen Stankevich Posted at 08:35pm

Thank you Barbara for those kind words. We were both always so inspired by your yoga agility. I appreciate the prayers as I need the strength. I will be forever heartbroken. God Bless.
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Bob Pikelis

Posted at 06:45pm
We both send our heartfelt condolences to Maureen and the Stankevich family. Gary was such a great guy and I always loved to see him at any of the local races. He was always such a positive person. I also wanted to send thoughts and prayers from the whole Washington County Road Runners Club.

Bob and Anna Pikelis
 
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Maureen Stankevich Posted at 08:39pm

Thank you Bob & Anna. Gary so loved the running camaraderie. Your thoughts and prayers are so deeply appreciated.
 
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Maureen Stankevich Posted at 08:39pm

Thank you Bob & Anna. Gary so loved the running camaraderie. Your thoughts and prayers are so deeply appreciated.
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