Stanley John Cervenka
Sep 20, 1922 – Dec 21, 2016
Stanley John Cervenka died Dec. 21, 2016 at the age of 94. He was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Pisek, North Dakota, the seventh of eight children of Frank and Mary Cervenka. His little hometown was very Czech and very Catholic, and it was there that he learned the value of a dollar and the principles of integrity and humility that he carried with him throughout his life.
During World War II, Stan was selected for the V-12 Navy College Training Program, under which he earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was then sent for officers’ training to Columbia University in New York, which is where he found himself when the war in Europe ended in 1945.
That summer Stan made the fortuitous decision to attend a dance at Bachelor’s Grove in North Dakota, where he met a pig-tailed redhead named Patty Rose Reiten, as vivacious as he was quiet. He and Pat married in 1947 and eventually settled in Seattle, where Stan worked for the Boeing company for 38 years and together with Pat raised nine children in a house filled with joy and laughter. Self-effacing and humble, Stan had a greater impact on his family, his workplace, his church, and his community than he ever recognized.
Stan is survived by his loving wife, Pat; nine children: Mary Eidsvold (Barry); Mark Cervenka (Sue); Frank Cervenka (Laurie); Margaret Schmitz (Andy); Cathy Peters; Sue Steelquist (Dan); Patty Cervenka; Paul Cervenka (Joni); and Bob Cervenka; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He outlived all of his immediate family, and is pre-deceased by his beloved son-in-law, Scott Peters.
Funeral mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Burien, WA at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi School.
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