John Peter Stech, 76, Bethlehem Steel foreman

August 17, 2005

John Peter Stech, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. foreman, died of a heart attack Aug. 10 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 76.

Mr. Stech was born and raised in St. Claire, Pa., and served in the Army in Germany and Panama during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He attained the rank of sergeant, and had assignments as a military police officer and in the transportation corps.

He moved to Baltimore in 1957 and became a millwright and foreman at Sparrows Point, retiring in 1987.

The longtime Bel Air resident enjoyed collecting stamps, vintage coins and currency, and working in his garden. He was also a Ravens football fan.

"He worked all of his life and was quick to help everyone," said his wife of 54 years, the former Joan W. Short, a retired secretary in the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mr. Stech was a communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, where a memorial Mass was offered Monday.

Also surviving are a son, John K. Stech, and a daughter, Martha A. Vinyard, both of Bel Air; a brother, Kypron Stech of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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