John J Stasionis, 92 of Largo, FL passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013 at his home. John was born on June 29, 1920 in Bronxville, NY and was the son to the late Charles and Anna (Savelis) Stasionis. He was a long time resident of Yonkers, NY before retiring to Largo in 1982. John was an active member of the St. Eugene's Parish in Yonkers, NY and is presently a member of St. Cecelia's Parish in Clearwater and Mary Queen of the Universe Baslica in Orlando, FL. He is survived by his loving wife Henriette M. (Etta) Stasionis who he married on August 17, 1944 at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart in Yonkers, NY. Also surviving is a son J. Joseph Stasionis of Largo, FL and his daughter Diane (Dave) Bernstein of Yonkers, NY and grandson Joseph Bradley Bernstein of the N.Y.P.D. John is also survived by a nephew Robert (Jennifer) Coliskey of Conway, MA and a niece Patricia Bellantoni of Hopewell Junction, NY. He is preceded in death by a sister Anna Coliskey and a brother Joseph who was killed in action at Casablanca during WWII. John graduated from Eastchester High School in June of 1939 and attended Rutger University and Cornell University. He was employed by the Grand Union Company as Plant Engineer until his retirement in 1982. John was an avid golfer with the VFW Post 7987 in New Port Richey of which he is a life member. He also holds a life membership in the DAV and the 75th Division Veterans Association. John served with the 75th Infantry Division in WWII taking part in the Battle of the Bulge as a Staff Sergeant. While there the Division fought alongside the British 2nd Army in Holland and Belgium and the French 1st Army in Southern France and the Kolmar Area. John was a member of the French Rhine/Danube Association and received a citation the Military Order of the Ardennes Grand Cross of Honor. He also received a citation (Diploma) from the French Minister of Defense Honoring France's Liberation for participating in freeing the French citizens and recapturing the Kolmar area from the Germans. John was in charge of the Redeployment Camp "Pallmall" in France to screen all equipment of the U.S.A. with the assistance of 50 German POW'S. For bravery in action he was awarded the Soldier's Medal by the U.S.Government.
A Certificate of Appreciation from the Freedom Team, WWII Victory Medal, European Theater Ribbon, The Bronze Star and was eligible for the French Legion of Honor Medal but did not pursue it. Friends are calling on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 5 - 7 PM at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774, Phone # 727-562-2080. Private burial will follow in Serenity Gardens Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered at www.mossfeasterlargo.com.