Mike Stanic, 85, of LaGrange, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange, following a brief illness. He was born August 24, 1927 in Cleveland to Mike and Anna Stanic (nee Kordich). After the death of his mother at a young age, Mike was raised by his grandmother in a small village in Yugoslavia and returned to the United States at the age of eight.
As a young man, Mike enlisted in the Merchant Marines, and then spent four years proudly serving his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. A few years ago, he was able to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington DC, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Mike was an extremely proud and a self taught Tool and Die maker. During his career he worked for several different machine shops in the Cleveland area, before retiring from General Motors/Fisher Guide in Elyria. He enjoyed sharing, in great detail, his many experiences and stories of his days in the Navy and as a Tool and Die maker.
He was an avid bowler and golfer, constantly perfecting his chip-shots in the backyard of his LaGrange home. He also enjoyed woodworking, making many pieces of furniture for his family over the years.
Mike and his wife, Zora (nee Herkovich), were married on October 21, 1950 at St. Nicholas Church in Cleveland. They were married 61 years before Zora passed away in 2012. Mike and Zora resided in their LaGrange home, which they literally built together with one hammer and a hand saw, since 1963. Everywhere they went, their six children were with them, as he and Zora would have it no other way, since family was very important to both of them.
Survivors include his six children, Christine Frye (Al) of Spencer, Paul of Lorain, Mike (Eileen) of Elyria, Steve (Susan) of Medina, David (Kim) of LaGrange, and Dan of Wellington; eight grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Steven, Kevin, Natalie, Madalynne, Harrison and Brooke; and two brothers, Nick and Peter Stanic.
In addition to his beloved wife, Mike was also preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Anna Stanic; and by his step-mother, Martha.
Mike was a very private person and his wishes were for private, family only services to be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, where he will receive full military honors. Father John Seabold, from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Grafton, will officiate. Liston Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, is serving the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.listonfuneralhome.com