Stanley W. Bandych

March 9, 2012  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  Stanley W. “Stash” Bandych, 79, formerly of River Street, died Friday morning, March 9, at Lewis County General Hospital. 

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Stanislaus & Casimir Cemetery, Whitesboro at 1:30 p.m. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

July 8, 1932, a son of the late Walter and Victoria Matuszczak Bandych, he graduated from Lowville Academy, and served in the Army as a paratrooper, until his discharge on Nov. 18, 1955.  

Following his service, Mr. Bandych returned home to work on the family farm until 1972. In 1958, he married Esther Pomerville. In 1972, he went to work for the Lowville Farmer’s Co-Op, and worked there until 1982, at which time he re-opened the old Seaway Gas Station in Lowville, under the name of Stash Bandych and Sons. In 1985, he opened Stash’s Pub in Lowville, while continuing to sell agricultural products throughout Lewis County. Mr. Bandych moved to New York Mills in 1999, and returned to Lowville in 2010.

He was a member of BPOE #1605, Lowville Lodge, a member of the Lowville American Legion Post #162, and was a member and Past President, of the Glenfield Polish-American Club. Mr. Bandych was an honorary member of the Martinsburg Fire Department, and played in the Lewis County Fast Pitch Softball League during the 1960s and 1970s.

Mr. Bandych bowled in area leagues, and enjoyed golfing.  He loved his Polish music, polka dancing, and Polish food. He was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.

He is survived by his wife, Esther; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Wally Bandych of Lowville; Bruce Bandych and his fiancé, Donna Johnson of Carthage; David and Rachel Bandych of Rochester; a grandson, Jordan Bandych; two great-grandsons, Brahm and Vaughn Bandych; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eleanor Virkler of West Winfield, NY; Helen and Jim Keohane of Watertown; a brother, Leo Bandych of Rome. Mr. Bandych is also survived by a special friend, Loretta Kapolka of Yorkville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a brother, Jimmy Bandych.

Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, 2nd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13057.

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Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.