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 - Wanamak-er Szyman-ski son-in-law, I Stephen A....
Wanamak-er Szyman-ski son-in-law, I Stephen A. Gike "Steve" After a rich life marked by achievements, adventures and great affection, Stephen A. (Steve) Gike died peacefully peacefully on February 9, 2010. He was 85. Born in 1924 in Duryea, PA, Steve was the only son of Stephen and Steffie (Buchinski) Gike. He served and defended his country with pride and valor during World War II as a United States Marine from 1942-1945. 1942-1945. 1942-1945. During this time, he participated in the invasion of Okinawa. Upon his return, he enrolled at Drexel Institute of Technology Technology (now Drexel University). University). He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity fraternity and played for the Drexel football team. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in Commerce and Finance. Steve was married to Pris-cilla Pris-cilla Pris-cilla Hadley Gike from 1952, until her death in 1955. In 1958, he accepted a position with the Ludlow Jute Company Company in Calcutta, India. During his tenure there, in addition to exploring India, he traveled extensively in the Far East, the Middle East, Indonesia and Europe. In 1960, while on a brief return return visit to the U.S., he met Louise Langan. During his following leave from Calcutta Calcutta in 1963, they were married married and returned to Calcutta Calcutta for four additional years. Their daughter, Margi, was born in 1964. Steve returned to the United States with his family in 1967, settling in Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked for Zallea Brothers, Inc. He lived in Webster Farm in North Wilmington Wilmington for 40 years'. He pursued .many hobbies as varied and diverse as aviation, aviation, gourmet cooking, drawing and painting and fine carpentry. Without question, Steve took the greatest joy in life from his family, most especially his remarkable marriage of 47 years. In 2007, Steve and Louise moved to Maris Grove retirement community community in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, where he lived until his death. Steve is remembered by friends for his intellect, insights insights and tremendous sense of humor. He will be remembered by his family as a loving and devoted husband, husband, adoring father, proud father-in-law father-in-law father-in-law father-in-law father-in-law of Bob Watters and enthusiastic "Gramps" to Bobby. A lifelong Catholic, Catholic, Steve was a man of deep and unwavering faith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Liftwood, Wilmington, Delaware, Delaware, at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 15, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial Burial will be private. The family requests that friends and family kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd., Wilm, DE 19803 or The Ministry of Caring, 506 N. Church St., Wilm DE 19801. Arrangements by CHANDLER

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  1. The News Journal,
  2. 14 Feb 2010, Sun,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 30

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