George J. Stadtlander, 89 years of age, passed away Friday February 14, 2014 at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 4, 1924, he was the son of the late George R. and Anna (Janek) Stadtlander.
A Shalersville-Mantua area resident for over 77 years, George was the owner-operator of Stadtlander's Nursery in Shalersville from 1960-1986.He was a graduate of Shalersville High School, following which he attended Ohio State University and earned his degree in Agronomy. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during World War II, and a longtime member of American Legion Post No. 193 in Mantua.
George was a well known Master Carver, having developed his skills to the delight of many friends and family members. He was a member of the Tree City Wood Carver's and the National Wood Carver's Association. George will always be remembered for his warm smile, his story telling abilities which were second to none, and his "Way with Words".
On August 18, 1956, he married Dolores F. (Husk ) Stadtlander who survives at their home. Also surviving are his children Robert J. Stadtlander, James J. (Diane) Stadtlander and Linda J. Lann all of Shalersville and George J. (Carolyn) Stadtlander, Jr. of Auburn Township and grandchildren Rachel and Jacob. His brother Joseph P. Stadtlander died in 1979.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Final resting place will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville Township with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army Honor Guard Team, assisted by members of Mantua American Legion Post No. 193. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Tree City Carvers, 740 Allerton St., Kent, Ohio 44240. Or the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department, 10303 St.Rt. 44, Mantua, Ohio 44255. His obituary, video tribute and funeral service may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
(Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 330-274-3145, RC 2-17, 2-18-14)