John F.
GREECE: Saturday, May 19, 2007 at age 85, peacefully at home with his family. He was a B17 pilot during WWII, a graduate of Hobart College, after which he enjoyed a 40 year career as a chemist at Eastman Kodak Company. Upon retirement, he was active in the Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Geneseo, NY for many years. He is predeceased by his wife, Marilynn last year, after 61 years of marriage. Survived by his daughters, Joanne(Donald)Whalen and Carolyn(Carl)Pond; granddaughters, Brenna Whalen and Tammy(Donald)Suhr; sister, Louisa (William)Shepard; many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Rd. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Historical Aircraft Group Museum, 3489 Big Tree Lane, PO Box 185, Geneseo, NY 14454. www.1941hag.org in his memory

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  1. Dear Joanne and Family,

    Due to a prior committment, I will not be able to come in person to extend my pay my respects.

    I wish to extend my sympathy to you and your family. Your Dad always had a smile for me and his soft demeanor always touched my heart. In our years of high school and all of our Euchre playing,your Dad would watch me and shake his head as I left him so confused with my strategies. ‘Well, Mr, Stenberg, as you can see from the heavens above, I still have that knack!’

    Your Dad was a fine man and I am sure he will be greatly missed. My Dad has been gone now for Thirteen years and I can only say to you what I good friend said to me when my Dad died. ‘You will never accept what happened, you will just learn to live with it’ And after all this time, my grammar school friend was correct.

    God Bless all of you and may you find comfort in the love your Dad had for you and your family.And may you find peace in knowing he is with God and his wife of many years. I am sure your Mom was there waiting for him.

    Sincerely with deepest sympathy

    Lucy Leiske

  2. Joanne and Carolyn;
    I am sorry for your loss. I was a cousin of your dad. My father, Richard Stenberg was a brother of your grandfather Godfred. I was close with his sisters Louisa, Sigrid and Ester. I grew up just a mile south of Fred’s house and spent summers mowing Fred and Louisa’s lawns. If you were ever at the cottage on Seneca Lake it was on our farm property. As an adult I did not have the chance to talk to your dad, and as a child I could have met him, but don’t remember as would have been 23 years older. I know of the strong Swedish family values that we as Stenberg’s were blessed to have been taught through our parents and reading the other entries your father must have possessed the same values. Again, I am sorry for your loss, God Bless.

  3. Joanne, Carolyn & family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, John was such a wonderful person. I remember his sense of humor and strength of character the most, but his gentle nature was always there.

    There are no words that I could offer to comfort you, but please know that your father and your wonderful mother impacted many lives and those warm memories will sustain you. I smile when I remember them as I do my parents.

    My hope is that this rough time will pass quickly for you and the great family of yours will continue through the new generations.

    Carl Webb & family

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