Charles Stojak | Obituaries | Niagara Gazette
Charles James Stojak
October 31, 1934 –
April 13, 2022
Charles “Chuck” James Stojak, 87 of Lewiston, died Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. Son of the late Helen Patula, Chuck (or “Jim” as he is known to his family) was born October 31, 1934 and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
After turning down an opportunity to play professional baseball, he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1953 where he served for 20 years. A highly decorated soldier, TSgt Stojak was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service while planning and coordinating search and rescue operations for downed airmen in Vietnam.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Chuck and his family moved to Lewiston where he has resided since 1974. He graduated from NCCC with a degree in accounting and then attended the University at Buffalo School of Management. Chuck was employed by the Carborundum Company for a number of years in various accounting positions and as controller of several local businesses. He was also a former budget officer for the city of Lewiston and ran a small tax preparation and bookkeeping service during his “retirement” years.
Chuck was a real person and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching John Wayne movies and cheering on his beloved Chicago Cubs. He was also very active in several civic organizations, including the Lewiston Moose Lodge and the Lewiston Kiwanis Club (since 1985), where he was past president and also past president of the annual fishing festival. Chuck also served as the Lieutenant Governor of the NYS Kiwanis Niagara Frontier North Division and for over 30 years has been involved with the Trooper Toys for Tots program and the distribution of food baskets during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. He was also very active with his church, Fillmore Chapel United Methodist Church in Ransomville, where he served on the board of trustees and the pastor/parish relations committee.
Chuck was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Patricia (McClellan) Stojak, who died in 2018. He is survived by four children, Joe (Jeanette) Heasley of Niagara Falls, Tim (Roberta) Heasley of Orchard Park , Cheryl Baia of Wilson and Jim (Robin) Stojak of Palm Harbor, Florida; as well as 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, Ted (Carol) Novak; sisters, Dorothy (late Walter) Ivan, Barbara Rettig and Sharon (Larry) Diehm; and his sister-in-law, Donna (late Robert) McClellan. Chuck was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn (Jim) Flockensier; her brother, Edward Novakowski; and great-grandson, Lucas Standish.
Friends can call Hardison Funeral Homes Inc., 3648 Ransomville Rd., Ransomville, Monday, April 25 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at Fillmore Chapel United Methodist Church, 2523 Youngstown Rd., Ransomville, with interment to follow at North Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to Niagara Hospice or Wings Flights of Hope. Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 20, 2022