William Sterbinsky

William R Sterbinsky Jr.

June 22, 1939 - January 4, 2021
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William R. Sterbinsky, Jr., age 81, of Shelton entered into rest on Monday, January 4, 2021 at Bishop WIcke Health and Rehabilitation Center after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was the devoted husband of the late Dolores (Kozak) Sterbinsky. William was born in Clinton, MA on June 22, 1939 son of the late William Sterbinsky, Sr. and Christine (Harris) Sterbinsky.

He proudly served with the US Army. William was a sales manager at Sears Roebuck Corporation. He acquired the name “Mr. Personality”, which he took great pride in. He was dedicated and hard-working in his work and every task he took on. He had an innate quality craftsmanship and enjoyed working with his hands with a commitment to excellence in his spare time. William enjoyed vacationing with his wife. He took pride in his family and cherished the time he spent with them. He will be missed by many.

William was the beloved father of Lisa Yulo and her husband Vincent, step-father of Lisa Bender and her husband Edward, Sharon Dunn and Michael Dunn. He was also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and nieces. William was predeceased by a daughter Christine Ross, a grand daughter Autumn Ross and two brothers, Phillip and John Sterbinsky.

A walk-through visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. Visitors are required to wear masks and social distance as they walk through, pay their respects and exit without lingering to ensure everyone can come through. On Thursday, friends are invited to go directly to St. Joseph Church, 424 Coram Ave., Shelton for his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am. His burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Derby.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    January 13th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    January 13th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Riverview Funeral Home
    390 River Road
    Shelton, CT 06484
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  • Funeral Mass

    January 14th, 2021 | 10:00am
    January 14th, 2021 10:00am
    St. Joseph Church
    424 Coram Ave.
    Shelton, CT 06484
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    Rev. Michael Dogali
  • Interment

    January 14th, 2021 | 11:00am
    January 14th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Michael Cemetery
    28 Silver Hill Rd.
    Ansonia, Connecticut 06401
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alex bonilla

Posted at 10:31am
Bill hired me as a salesman for our carpet department in Sears. When Sears closed in 1992, we always remained in touch until end. He was there for me when I lost my brother and my mother and I was there when he lost his wife. We always talked about politics and more and usually our phone calls were like an hour but we didn't mind. I always told him that we are family and sticks together in the good and in the bad. Bill still lives on in my mind and in my thoughts and he might be gone but he will never be forgotten. Thank you Bill for everything but most important for being my friend and mentor. Alex Bonilla Orlando Fl

James D Lower

Posted at 10:56pm
With deepest sympathy, The James Lower Family
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Jean poniros

Posted at 07:55pm
We at Sassafras are so sad with the passing of Bill. He was a customer, and a dear friend to us for many many years. He will be missed by all of the customers he became friendly with. May he rest in piece and be with his love, Dolores who passed a few years ago. We go back many years, when Bill and Dolores would come in for breakfast. So from Jeanie,Chris, Louise, Ryan, Dorothy, Deana,Sheena, and Alex, RIP

Wren J Harper Jr

Posted at 07:46pm
"Bill", as we always addressed him, was more than just a neighbor and friend, he was a part of our family. He and his lovely wife Dolores welcomed us when we moved in next door to them in 1984, and over these many years, we have shared so many wonderful moments, that this space would need to be pages long. Our children knew him as "Mr. Bill" and he and Dolores always remembered special ways to make Halloween, Christmas, and Easter moments of reaching out to them in the most loving ways. Both I and my wife, Anna, had the opportunity to share dinners with them, a quick afternoon tea (my wife), or a beer with Bill (me). Its hard to imagine that I won't see him out on a wintry morning blowing his driveway ahead of everyone on the street-always with such precision and care. I was so privileged to have him accompany me to the many dinners of the Italian Men's Society-Trinacria. Many of the members came to know him as a regular, looked forward to seeing him - it was always a great time of camraderie.
This is a true loss for all of his many friends and it is a very personal loss for I and my family. I always told him that hew was "family" and he and his lovely wife shall always be such. Rest in peace and I know you are so happy to be in His Arms as well as the arms of those you loved so deeply.
Wren and Anna Harper

Dean Pivirotto

Posted at 12:44pm
This is one of the last photos I ever took with my grandfather William Rudolph Sterbinsky, better known as Poppa Bill. Unfortunately he passed away after a short battle with cancer on Monday. He was a hardworking, strong willed and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed. It's times like these when life gets shifted back into perspective. None of us have forever, but sometimes it feels like we do. Remember to say I love you, remember to make time for each other, remember to do what makes you happy, remember to be there for each other, remember to be in the now and live each day to the very fullest. You will be missed more than words can tell and I hope you are finally resting in peace with our other beloved family members who have passed before us. I will always keep you close to my heart until we can see each other again someday. ❤

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