The Death of Retiree Ted Stefanik

Dear Williams faculty, staff and retirees,

With sadness, I write to share news of the death of retired staff member Ted Stefanik. Ted passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, at the age of 71.

Ted attended St. Stanislaus School in Adams and the former St. Joseph High School in North Adams and was a graduate of North Adams State College (now known as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts). After a career at General Electric in Pittsfield, he joined Williams Dining in 1989 as a kitchen assistant and served the college loyally for 21 years, retiring in September 2020 as a dishwasher.

According to the family’s obituary, Ted enjoyed casino trips, traveling, antiques, beaches and working outdoors, and especially enjoyed spending time with family, including his nephews and grand-niece. They will all be in our thoughts at this time of loss.

Ted’s survivors include his fiancée, Nancy Kozak; his brother, Thomas Stefanik (Suzanne); nephews, Dr. Michael Stefanik (Dr. Maggie Gill) of Naperville, IL, and Christopher Stefanik, of Cambridge, MA; grand-niece, Grace Anne Stefanik; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Theodore F. Stefanik, Sr., and Edna T. (Toporowski) Stefanik.

Calling hours have been scheduled for this Thursday, August 3, 4-7 p.m., at Dery-Cheshire Funeral Home, 121 North State Rd. in Cheshire. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 4, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Cheshire. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Adams. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Stanislaus School may be sent to the funeral home, PO Box. 445, Cheshire, MA 01225.

Again, I hope you will join me in keeping Ted’s family, friends and former colleagues in your thoughts after his passing.