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Charles F. Stagner

January 7, 1935 September 12, 2011
Charles F. Stagner
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Obituary for Charles F. Stagner

Charles F. Stagner passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with heart disease. His final days were spent surrounded by family especially his wife Pat, his best friend and faithful caregiver. It was her continual dedication, love and support that sustained him throughout his memorable life.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia, and children, Kirk (Dawn) Stagner, Chuck(Diane) Stagner, Kim (John) Mizzi, Todd (Anne) Stagner, Scott (Jan) Stagner, and Stacey (Ed) Wozniak. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, sisters, Nancy Wickersham and Lona Normandeau, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

His family was his most important legacy. It was in his family that he found his greatest joy. He loved his children and grand children and had a special relationship, song, hobby or joke with each of them. He loved to laugh and welcomed their friends with a hug and a joke. His illness made him tired and frail, but he possessed a determination and love for his family that helped him overcome incredible odds and physical challenges enabling him to continue to babysit and attend his grandkids� sporting events.

He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He sang in a barber shop quartet and then after retirement, he joined the church choir at St. Alans Parish. He enjoyed all kinds of music, but was particularly fond of country western.

His �do-it-yourself� spirit likely came from growing up on the farm. He built the family home of 30 years, built and refinished furniture, and performed auto repairs on the family fleet. He mastered the art of grilling year-round and made the most delicious steaks. He baked delicious varieties of bread, homemade soups, and experimented in the kitchen trying to make his healthy food options tastier.

His interest turned to the stock market in later years. He spent hours researching and tracking stocks. He would have made a great broker.

He was honest, principled, and hardworking. He will be remembered for his endless patience and determination. These qualities made him a success in every passion, particularly parenting. His heart was weak, but radiated a powerful LOVE. Chuck has returned to the loving arms of his Creator. With his passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him greatly, especially his laugh, he will remain in our hearts forever.

Visitation will be at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday 2-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anastasia Church, 4571 John R, Troy, Saturday 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am. Interment in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.

Memorials appreciated to U of M, Pediatric Cardiology, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.

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