Josephine A. Stankiewicz
Josephine A. Stankiewicz
  • July 24, 1924 - November 25, 2017
  • Sanford, Florida

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Josephine A. Stankiewicz was born in Jacksonville, FL, to Anna Maria Darling, nee Dietz, and Roy Oliver Darling on July 24, 1924. Jo, as she was called by her friends, was the third of four children. She had an older brother, Louis Frank Darling, an older sister Patricia Anna Begley, nee Darling, and a younger sister, Dolores Elizabeth Saulque, nee Darling. Jo lived in Jacksonville, graduated from Landon High School, and served as a volunteer at the United Servicemen's Organization (USO). Jo and her sisters were frequent participants at the USO dances where she eventually met John Stankiewicz, Jr. They married June 15, 1946, at the Assumption Catholic Church. As John was in the U.S. Navy, they moved to Pensacola, FL. Here they had their first child, Walter Wayne Stankiewicz. They were transferred to Key West, FL where they had their second child, Stephen Roy Stankiewicz. John (known by all as Ski) and Jo returned to Pensacola, FL, for another tour. Christine Marie Beckman, nee Stankiewicz, was born at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville. The family then moved to Elizabeth City, NC, where Ski worked as a mechanic on blimps. Peter John Stankiewicz was born at the closest Naval hospital in Portsmouth, VA. The Navy sent the family to Dahlgren, VA, for Ski's last tour as a mechanic. While John was attending Photo Interpreter School, Jo and the children stayed with Jo's mother in Jacksonville. Upon completion of this school, the family moved to Sanford, FL. During this tour of duty, Timothy David Stankiewicz was born. Ski was assigned as ship's company in Bremerton, WA, but the family stayed in Sanford, FL. After the tour as ship's company was completed, the family was transferred to Atsugi, Japan. The family returned to the states with a move to Norfolk, VA, where Ski completed his military career, and they returned to Sanford.

Jo was a true Navy wife, working and raising the children when Ski was out to sea or stationed away from their home in Sanford. She was very active in Nativity Catholic Church of which she was a charter member. She remained an active member until her health started failing her a couple of years ago. Jo not only worked raising five children but also commuted to Daytona Beach working at General Electric soldering circuit boards. She also worked in sales as a World Book Encyclopedia salesman and an Avon Lady selling cosmetics.

Jo had many interests. She was a true Floridian, spending much time at the beach, especially in her later years. Her other passions included gardening, travel, playing bridge, and socializing with the Red Hat Society. She had a green thumb which she got from her mother. Her favorite plants were orchids which still grow in her backyard. Jo travelled the world making three international trips for fun and a couple for mission work. Grass didn't grow under her feet. When she wasn't travelling, she was playing bridge. Although she was becoming forgetful, she still had a good mind for bridge up until a few weeks before her death.

Jo has a large family. Jo is predeceased by her husband, John, and brother, Louis. She is survived by her sisters Dolores and Pat, and her five children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins. Wayne and Linda of Geneva, FL, have two children, John Walter and Charles Wayne. John and Dianne of Chesapeake, VA, gave Jo a granddaughter, Emilee. Charles of Geneva, FL, contributed three grandchildren: Daulton, Kelby, and Ayla. Stephen and Rose of Broken Arrow, OK, blessed Jo with four children: Shannon and her husband Milt Campbell of Casselberry, FL; Kristie and her husband Stephan Ihde of Asheville, NC, who begot Liana Joy and Zoe Grace; Hunter and his sister Makenna who are still at home. Christine and Sam Beckman of Sanford, FL, have two children Valerie and her husband Michael Fitzgerald of Ridgefield, SC, with daughter Sofia. Warren and his wife Heather Ivy of Green Cove Springs, FL, giving Jo two more granddaughters, Audrey and Madeleine. Peter and his wife Kathy Stankiewicz of Las Vegas, NV, delivered three grandchildren: Joshua and his wife Vedika of Huntsville, AL, Conor, and his sister, Nicole, also of Las Vegas, NV. Timothy and his wife Sherry of Clayton, NC, contributed to the family Timothy D. Stankiewicz II, John R. Stankiewicz, and Aaron J. Stankiewicz, all of Clayton, NC. They have three grandchildren: Jeff and Bridget House of Myrtle Beach, SC, Wendy House, Clayton, NC, and Krystal and Travis Shelton of Clayton, NC. They have five great grandchildren: Kendra Thornton, Myrtle Beach, SC; Tarren House, Myrtle Beach, SC; Trevin House, Myrtle Beach, SC; Katie Shelton, Clayton, NC; and Everett Shelton, Clayton, NC. Jo's cousins still living in Jacksonville are Sherry Wilson, nee Dietz, and her brother Gene Dietz.

Jo touched many peoples' lives and will be missed by all.