Michael “Mike” Stetz Park, 80, passed away on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at Rutland Regional Medical Center after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease.
Mike was born June 10, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, to Henry and Sophia (Stetz) Park Sr. He grew up in West Pawlet, Vermont, with his four siblings Rodney, Hank, Joanne and Toddy. He graduated from Granville High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in the 13th Transportation Division. After serving in the Army and returning home to West Pawlet, he met and married the love of his life, Ellen Stearns, on July 12, 1969.
Mike worked for three Granville businesses over the years as a mechanic: John Stokowski & Sons, Bardin’s Service Station and Moore’s Corners.
Most of all Mike loved spending time with his family and friends. Over the years he enjoyed attending hockey games, going to fairs and livestock shows throughout the area and attending his children’s many 4-H and sporting events.
He was always ready to travel with his children and their friends on their many crazy adventures.
Mike was predeceased by his parents Henry and Sophia (Stetz) Park Sr., his brother Henry Park Jr., in-laws Walter J. and Evelyn Stearns and brothers-in-law Fred Mead Sr. and Chuck Priest.
Mike is survived by his wife Ellen “Ellie” Park and his two children Eric (Danielle) Park of Granville, New York, and Stephanie Sorrentino of Rutland, Vermont. He was blessed with five amazing grandchildren: Branden, Shelden, Hannah, Eva and Kaitlynn. Also left to cherish his memory are his siblings Rodney Park (Donna Casey) of West Pawlet, Joanne (Lyn) McCullen of Black River, New York, Toddy Priest (Mark) of East Clarendon, Vermont, and Sandi Park of Queensbury, New York, along with his sister-in-law Kay Mead of Castleton, Vermont, and his many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Pines at Rutland Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, 99 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701 or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in Mike’s memory, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
Please join the family for a graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery, 4875 VT-RTE 153, West Pawlet, VT on Saturday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at Rodney Park’s home, at 113 New Street in West Pawlet, VT