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December 29, 1944 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Thomas Arthur Stellmach of Dunedin, Florida, age 78, passed away on October 13, 2023.
He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1944 to his father Arthur Harold Stellmach and mother Esther Grace Goodban Stellmach. He was the first of their five children. He graduated from Largo High School in Largo, Florida, in 1962. Tom proudly served two years in the Army from 1965 to 1967 and fought in the Vietnam War. He was a Combat Engineer Specialist 4 and received several honors, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Upon his return to civilian life, he worked in masonry for the building trades. Later in his career he worked in traffic safety and for the Public Works/Traffic Services department of the City of Dunedin. Once retired, he enjoyed traveling and taking ocean cruises with his wife Pat.
Tom will always be remembered for his kind, fun-loving and generous ways. He had a wonderful sense of humor that he shared with all. He was also a sentimental soul who saved many letters and cards over the years. Tom was an excellent photographer who enjoyed composing memorable photos. He was a collector of many items, such as cameras, trains, coins, Avon cars and steins, photos in many forms, jokes, and lighthouse momentos. He was a proud American, a member of the Elks and VFW, and he enjoyed camaraderie with others who had service-related backgrounds. Most of all, he will be remembered and cherished as a precious son, beloved brother, loving husband and dear friend.
Tom was predeceased by his mother Esther Stellmach, father Arthur Stellmach, and his wives Leila Bixby, Alice Mackert, and Patricia Zaykowski. He is survived by his sister Gloria Rink, brother Joseph Stellmach, sister Sharon Chapman and sister Elaine Davis; his stepson Paul Zaykowski, stepdaughter Terri DeVoll, stepson Walter Zaykowski, and stepson John Zaykowski; and many nieces and nephews on both sides.
A military honors service will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida on a future date that is to be determined.