NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Steven Lastic Jr. (aka Uncle TeBe), 77, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.
He was born Nov. 27, 1934, in Girard.
Steve graduated from Girard High School in May 1952. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, where he was aboard the USS Manchester. He received an honorable discharge. He also received the Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He served eight years in the military and was advanced to third class engineman.
He also worked at General Motors for 30 years prior to retirement. Steve was a devoted Catholic. Once retired, he then became a eucharistic minister and altar server for Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles. He also worked the festivals and in the pizza department.
Steve loved to travel, read the newspaper and watch the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. He was also a fan of the casinos which always made him smile.
He will be missed by all the family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing this kind-hearted, gentle soul.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jo Anne Barber Lastic; his son, Steve Lastic III, who also lived with his father; and his daughter, Stephanie Lastic and her companion David Messenger of Laguna Beach, Calif.
Preceding his passing were his mother and father, Anna and Steve Lastic Sr. He also had four brothers, Joe, Mike, Paul and Nick, and two sisters, Rose Flary and Olga Hapcic.
Mass will be said this week at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in New Port Richey.
He will be buried at the beginning of next year at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 S.W. 102nd Ave., Bushnell, Fla. There, he will receive an honorary burial for his service in the war. Friends and family will be notified of the future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that condolences be sent to his residence, 8549 Cypress Lakes Blvd., New Port Richey, FL 34653.
Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled the arrangements.