Stephen M. Kachur 1923-2019
CORTLAND — Stephen M. Kachur, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Aultman Compassionate Care Center in Canton, Ohio.
Steve was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Smock, Pa., the son of John and Mary Kachur, immigrants to the United States from Bardejov, Slovakia.
Steve moved with his family to Mecca in 1933 and graduated from Mecca High School in 1943. He was an enthusiastic sportsman who played basketball, baseball and track in high school. Steve worked at ITT Grinnell Corp. in Warren for 42 years, retiring in 1985.
Steve and his wife Claire were members of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Cortland for 60 years. A loving husband and father, Steve and Claire raised four children in Cortland. In retirement, Steve enjoyed gardening and repairing and restoring his 100-year-old farmhouse. Steve and Claire traveled to Greece, Japan, Ireland, Tanzania and Colombia to visit family and friends. In his later years, he enjoyed driving through the countryside of Ohio.
Steve will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, the former Claire Lake of Hartsgrove, Ohio; his children, Kathy Black (Andrew) of Canton, Susan (Thomas Kunkle) of Charleston, S.C., Patrick (Terence Jackson) of New York, N.Y., and Daniel of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Carolyn and Jillian Black and Walter, Jacob and Claire Kunkle; his brother, Thomas Kachur; and his sister, Catherine Drawl; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Urchek; and brothers, John, Joseph, Michael and Paul.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Lane Shafer-Winans Funeral Home, 164 N. High St., in Cortland.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at St. Roberts Catholic Church, 4659 Niles Cortland Road, Cortland, officiated by the Rev. Carl Kish.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Aultman Compassionate Care Center of Canton, Ohio (https://aultmanfoundation.org/home/ giving/choose-your-good/hospice) or to St. Robert Parish of Cortland. Visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to share memories and condolences with Steve’s family.