Stanley Zubik, father of former Green Bay bishop, dies

ALLOUEZ — Stanley Zubik, father of Bishop David Zubik, died Aug. 12 at age 88, two weeks after suffering a heart attack. Stanley, an Ambridge, Pa., native, and his wife, Susan, moved to Green Bay in 2003 when their son became the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. Susan died on Jan. 16, 2006, after a battle with cancer.

Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik is pictured with his father, Stanley, in a recent photo. (Photo Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Catholic | For The Compass)

In July of 2007, Bishop Zubik was named the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Stanley returned to his home state, where he resided at Little Sisters of the Poor Home in Pittsburgh.

Following graduation from high school in 1944, Stanley entered the Merchant Marines and served in the Pacific during World War II. He began working at an area A & P supermarket at age 14. He returned to his job upon completion of his service and worked as a produce and dairy manager until his early 50s. When the A & P stores closed, he took a position with Pepsi-Cola.

Susan, also a lifelong Ambridge resident, worked at a steel mill. They met at a polka dance. The couple married on Jan. 22, 1949, at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Ambridge.

Bishop Zubik kept vigil and prayed the rosary with relatives and close friends in the days prior to Stanley’s death.

“My dad was a hard-working man who always put God and family first,” wrote Bishop Zubik in a letter about his father. “What a wonderful man he was. I can only hope to become more like him.”

Stanley was an avid letter writer, who wrote almost daily to people he knew and some he didn’t know, but who caught his attention. He was also very proud of his Polish heritage. He grew up as the only boy in a family of four children to a Polish immigrant father and a mother of Slovak descent.

In addition to his son, Stanley is survived by a sister, Irene Grazulis of Baden, Pa.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on Aug. 17 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Entombment followed in the Chapel of Christ Our Savior at Holy Savior Cemetery in Richland Township, Pa.