Jack Michael Stephans
- September 30, 1934 - July 22, 2012
- Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Dear Betty & Family,
What a wonderful life. Jack and you shared so much of yourselves in our neighborhood. It was a joyful time. Our sincere...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Gene & Gail Forman - NC
“Dear Betty and Family:
We learned, today of Jack's passing. He will surely be missed. His joy and exuberant personality were unique and...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Rural and Lee Gus;er - New York, , NY
“One of our fondest memories of Jack is when we spent time with him and Betty in Williamsburg. We went to their home for dinner and Jack made raack...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Ann and Tony Rosone - Napes, FL
“To the Stephans family,
May God continue to bless and keep you. You are in our hearts and prayers.
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff and Tracey Fisher - Raleigh, NC
“Dear Betty Ann and Family,
Bob and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of Jackie. My family and I will always have fond memories of Jackie and...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Rosemarie and Bob Pisano - NY
“Dear Betty Ann & Family,
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Jackie. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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6 of 14 | Posted by: Carolyn Genna - Williston Park, NY
“Dear Betty Ann and family:
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for Jackie's passing. I and my family (Andy, Charlie and Rosemarie) have such...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Bobby Genna - Danbury, CT
“Dear Betty & family
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Jack. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. He was a very special person...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ray & Judi Festag - Williamsburg, VA
“Jeff and Family,
My heart felt sympathy is sent to you and please know you all are my prayers. I pray God will embrace you and with His awesome...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Shue - Angier, NC - Friend
“Dear Betty Ann and Family,
Words cannot express my sadness over the loss of Jack. I always looked up to him, and you all as a perfect family....Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Andrew Genna - White Plains, NY
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your children and your grandchildren during this very difficult time. Rest in Peace, Jackie.
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11 of 14 | Posted by: Pat and Rich Kasper - NJ - Cousin
“We will all miss Jack. He and Betty raised a fine family that anyone could be extremely proud of. Jack was always a pleasure to be with. He was an...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Gene and Carol Hofmeyer - VA
“PopPop. You're the best!!!
13 of 14 | Posted by: Andree Popelka Griggs - VA
“To one of the most unique people I have ever met. He was a very understanding and great father figure to whoever he came in contact with. I really...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Gary Balogh - Williamsburg, VA
Jack Michael Stephans, 77, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 22, 2012. The son of Michael Alexander and Rose Stephans, Jack was a loving husband to Elizabeth A. "Betty" Stephans for more than fifty years. For the past thirteen years they resided in Ford's Colony. Born in New York, NY on the lower east side, Jack moved to the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1951. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. A highly recruited athlete, Mr. Stephans was recruited personally by the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant to play football at the University of Kentucky. Instead he attended the College of the Holy Cross and played football for Hall of Fame football coach, Dr. Eddie Anderson. During the 1955 season he was one of the nation's leading passers. After graduating from Holy Cross in 1956, he was drafted into the NFL by the Pittsburgh Steelers, as a back-up quarterback to Hall of Famer, Bobbie Layne. He also signed a minor league baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians organization. In 1962, he was employed by Moore Business Forms, Ltd. where he was a top sales executive for 37 years. He retired in 1992 and re-located to Williamsburg in 1999.
Mr. Stephans is survived by his wife, Betty Stephans, owner of the Velvet Shoestring; his five children, Jeffrey M. Stephans, Andrée Stephans-Griggs, Jon C. Stephans, Jacalyn Stephans-Hazeltine, Michael C. Stephans; and ten grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg on Friday, July 27 at 12:00 PM. Interment will follow privately. Memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710; Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185; or Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.