2013-02-13 / Obituaries



Jacob Stanley Stencel, age 92, of Croswell passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

He was born July 4, 1920 in River Rouge, Mich., the son of the late John and Agnes Stencel.

Jcaob moved to Croswell with his family when he was ten years old. He married the love of his life Catherine Marie Degel on April 29, 1944 and would have celebrated his 69th wedding anniversary in April.

He began full-time farming in 1947 and dedicated his entire life to dairy farming and growing cash crops. Jake was a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association for over thirty-five years. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Croswell and an active member of the Men’s and Ushers Club. Jake was a founding member of both St. Patrick Credit Union and the church building fund. Jake was a big fan of polka music and helped organize polka dances to raise money for the church.

Jake loved life and his children. He is survived by his loving wife Kate; three sons and four daughters, Kathleen (Alan) LaRose of Fremont Ca., JoAnn (Don) Jablonski of Vassar, Jacob (Marylou) Stencel of Warren, Mark (Kim) Stencel of Croswell, Steven (Peggy) Stencel of Troy, Mary (Dan) Unger of St. Clair, Christine (Dave) Miller of Brighton; seventeen grandchildren, Jacob (Margaret), Candius (Christopher), Renee (Christopher), Greg, Nick, Jeff (Becky), Nathan, Meghan, Keegan, Logan, Jaclyn, Steven, Nicole, Jennifer, Bryan, Matthew and Brad; six great grandchildren, Sammy, David, Alexis, Jonathon, Jacob and Jackson; his sister, Lucille (Kent) Freeland of Croswell; two brothers, George (Shirley) Stencel of Wentzville, Mo. and John (Carol) Stencel of Bloomfield Hills.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Rosalie (John) Mlocek and Maryann Stencel.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Croswell with Fr. Robert P. Schikora who officiated. Interment followed in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Memorials in memory of Jake may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation.

Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Croswell.

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