Stankovich family marks 60th reunion by honoring members
SALEM- On Saturday, Aug. 3, nearly 100 Stankovich family members gathered in Centennial Park to celebrate their 60th family reunion. Relatives came from Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio to commemorate those from the first in 1959-Mary Stankovich Oltean, Stena Stankovich Barson, Lana Stankovich Savia, Keva Stankovich Flavell and Gleg Stankovich. The family also honored two brothers who served in World War II-Eugene “Jeep” (age 93) and Alex (age 92) Cucerzan. They are the sons of Stena Stankovich Barson. The two are seated side by side, front row, in the attached photo. A third cousin, George “Haffey” Oltean, also a WWII veteran, passed away in June at the age of 99. He was the son of Mary Stankovich Oltean.
While attending the reunion, family members drove by the Stankovich homesite on Aetna Street which has stood the test of time since about 1905. Plus, some family members met for dinner at Pondi’s restaurant in Lisbon owned by Matt Borza, the great-grandson of Sophie Stankovich Muntean. There are two with the Stankovich family name – Georgene Stankovich DeFelice of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Barb Stankovich Stone of Quaker City, Ohio. Both sisters are graduates of Salem High School.
Coordinating the 60th Stankovich Family Reunion were Georgene Stankovich DeFelice, Gina Borza Zepernick and Toni Montefort Lang.