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Joseph Stephen Stubits

Joseph Stephen Stubits

December 11, 1926 - December 19, 2018     Age: 92

Joseph Stephen Stubits, age 92 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at his residence after a lengthy illness.

Joe was born on December 11, 1926 in Coplay, PA, and grew up in Allentown, PA, graduating high school there in 1944. Because he was only 17 when he graduated, he couldn’t join the service yet, so he went to the Virginia Military Institute for 6 months. After turning 18, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was on his way to Guam, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, when World War II ended. He spent the next two years in Guam. While there he experienced one the worst typhoons of that time. After his service in the Army, he returned to Pennsylvania where he attended Muhlenberg College, graduating in 1951 with a B.S. in Chemistry.

After graduation and having enjoyed the warm weather while in Guam, Joe turned his attention south to interview for a couple of jobs. His first stop in Florida was Fernandina Beach and once he drove over the draw bridge back then, he knew he had found his new home for the next 67 years. He cancelled his other interviews. In 1951, he began work at Container Corporation of America, as WestRock was known then, working as a lab technician. Over the next 37 years through hard work and dedication he retired in 1984 as Plant Manager.

Joe was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for over 60 years, serving in many capacities, including Senior Warden. He loved to dance with his wife, Jackie, at the Terpsichorean Club; play golf, especially with the Lemonade Boys; surf fishing and working in his yard.

Joe was predeceased by his father John Stubits and mother Johanna Stubits, 3 brothers: during childbirth, 5 sisters: Johanna, Mary, Fran, Rose and Tessie.

Joe leaves behind by his loving wife Jackie; sons Dr. Stephen Stubits, Dr. Tony (Donna) Stubits , four grandchildren: Jessica Stubits (Marty) Durkin, Tracey Stubits (Kyle)Masters, Joseph (Danielle) Stubits and Troy Stubits; four great grandchildren: Kaden Masters, Conor Durkin, Cooper Stubits and Emelia Lynn Stubits. Joe is also survived by five nephews in Pennsylvania: Tommy (Connie) Polaha , Joseph (Fran)Polaha, Mike (Doreen)Polaha, Paul (Lisa) Polaha , Billy (Linda) Kelly; two nephews from California, Paul (Mel) Ahlborn and Charles Ahlborn; his niece, Janice Polaha (Andy) Myers and countless friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.


17 Condolences

  • Chris Bryan Posted December 19, 2018 12:21 pm

    Prayers for the Stubits Family. Joe was such a nice man.

  • Robert Odom Posted December 19, 2018 3:26 pm

    Joe and my step dad worked together at Container corp. He was respected by his coworkers.

  • Carl and Barbara Posted December 19, 2018 4:21 pm

    Dearest Jackie and Family, very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Joe on the United Way Campaigns. He will be missed. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Gail Cook Posted December 20, 2018 9:37 am

    I haven’t seen Joe in many years, but I have so many special memories of times our families spent together eating, but especially playing hide & go seek in the backyards between the Stubits’ and Hanna’s houses. I remember hiding in his flowerbeds and he was not always happy with out hiding places. We were so lucky to grow up with parents who loved and cared for us and let all of us kids run the neighborhood and go in and out of their houses like they were our own. Praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time of loss.

  • Marcy & Bill Mock Posted December 20, 2018 7:47 pm

    Our sincere condolences, Jackie,Tony and Steve. We will all miss Joe. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Troy Pitts Posted December 20, 2018 9:02 pm

    Steve,Tony and family; I had the honor of serving with your dad on the city pension board many years ago. He was a well respected man. May your many memories be a comfort to you at this time.

  • Tim and Pat Middleton Posted December 20, 2018 9:15 pm

    Steve, we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your father. He was such a nice man. Prayers for you and yours in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.

  • Elizabeth Purvis Posted December 20, 2018 11:31 pm

    Joe was a fine outstanding gentleman and will be missed by many.. Jackie, Tony and Steve ,you are in our prayers.

  • Julie Mierzejewski Yousif Posted December 21, 2018 9:08 am

    Dearest Jackie & Sons/Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. All though gone from this life, what wonderful memories will carry on, My parents so loved their time spent with all of you. I smile when I think of the happy times you all shared for so many years – what a gift of beautiful friendship! Much Love & PEACE, Julie

  • Tim McKee Posted December 21, 2018 1:52 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I pray you will know God’s peace and comfort and will be able to celebrate a life well lived.

  • Jack Campbell Posted December 21, 2018 4:06 pm

    Mr Stubit’s was a really good man! Worked with him at the mill. My grandfather, Raymond Landress, worked him for years and the utmost respect for him. God Bless the family during this difficult time.

  • Madena Atkins Chandler Posted December 22, 2018 3:32 pm

    Mr. Stubits returned from vacation in 1981 to Iearn I had been hired as his secretary. He and Mrs. Stubits were such a lovely couple; I enjoyed working with him.

  • Bonnie Bong Posted December 23, 2018 2:59 am

    All blessings to you, dear, dear Jackie. Love, So many memories.

  • Mike Love Posted December 24, 2018 9:57 am

    Much love to Jackie. Joe was a great gentleman. May God keep the family in the palm of His hand.

  • Carolyn West Posted December 26, 2018 9:47 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! Joe was a great guy & we will all miss him!

  • Claire Taylor Posted December 28, 2018 6:56 pm

    My deepest condolences to the entire Stubits family for the loss of your Joe. He will be missed.

  • Ange Wallace Posted December 28, 2018 9:48 pm

    So many great memories run through my mind whenever I think of Joe. For me it all started when he and Tony Vizcarando took on the EYC at St Peters back in the mid 60’s. From then on our lives continued to meander through life in Fernandina Beach sharing many memories and events over the 50 plus years. One of our strongest ties was that Jim and I were married on Jackie’s and Joe’s anniversary date. They are a pair that made St Peters and our community a much better place for all the love and care they poured into their years here. So thankful we got to share many of those times.

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