Stephen Joseph Palkovic

January 29, 2017

Stephen Joseph Palkovic, of Lititz, Pennsylvania passed away on January 29, 2017 at the age of 89. Born in Lebanon, he was the son of the late Paul and Mary Palkovic. His wife, of 64 years, preceded him in death 4 months ago. He was a faithful and active member of the catholic faith. Starting as an alter server at St. Cyril’s in Lebanon and being part of the building committee for St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, where he served as an usher and was on numerous committees.
Steve was a graduate of Lebanon High School and joined the Navy in 1944. After serving in the Seabees during World War II, he returned to Pennsylvania to attend Millersville University. He graduated with a math and science degree and taught at Lebanon Catholic High School for three years. He then accepted a job in the Manheim Township School District, where he coached the football, wrestling, and started the golf team. He came to Warwick in 1967 after obtaining his master’s degree in counseling and clinical psychology. He was the Warwick AD and helped form the girls’ softball team. He also officiated high school and college wrestling and high school football.
Steve was actively in the Lititz community. While president of the Lititz Jaycees, he formed a committee to ask the Lititz Borough to build a pool. After 4 years and many fundraisers, the Lititz Springs Pool was built, where he was the manager for many years. For 19 years he served as the chairperson for the 4th of July Queen of Candles ceremony. He served as president of the Lititz Lions Club, Lititz Jaycees, Lititz Springs Board of Trustees, and the Lititz Community Center.
Steve was also the sports editor of the Lititz Record Express, where he wrote 4 pages of sports each week. He enjoyed writing his own editorial column “Sports World” and picking the athlete of the week.
After retiring from teaching after 35 years, he could be found helping out at the Lititz Springs Park, cleaning the fountain at the square, or spending time with his two grandchildren.
In Steve’s free time he enjoyed spending time with his family and did many activities with them. He earned his flying license and flew his family down to the beach. He owned a sailboat and sailed on the Chesapeake for many years. Where he took his family to Annapolis and Baltimore and sailed the inland waterway to Wildwood and Atlantic City. Many weekends you could find him on the ski slope with his family.
He will be truly missed by his daughter, Beth Ann (Palkovic) Needelman, son-in-law Robert Needelman, Lititz and two grandsons Michael and Matthew Needelman. He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. Stephen Palkovic.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA with Father James O’Blaney officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Stephen’s memory may be made to Lititz Springs Park, PO Box 110, Lititz, PA 17543.

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February 06, 2017

Dear Family,
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Palkovic family over Stephen’s recent passing. We enjoyed his visits to our office, He will be missed and remembered.    Dr Kenneth Kilgore & Staff (Irene and Kathy) of Lititz Podiatry

February 03, 2017

Dear Beth and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great mentor and friend. My fondest memories of your Dad is when I would run into him around town and he was with your sons. I don’t think that there was a ever a prouder grandfather and father. He loved his family so much. I know that he will be truly missed. Dixie Heacock

February 03, 2017

Dear Beth and Family,
So sorry for your loss.  Your dad touched many lives and we have lost a dear friend.  He was always there when I needed him during our time together at Warwick High School and I will always be grateful. 
Very sincerely,
Mark Snyder

February 02, 2017

Dear Beth,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was a pillar of the community. I will be forever grateful for him helping me sort through colleges and gave my parents advise on options. Whenever I would see him in Lititz, he always had a huge smile. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Missy Woodruff

February 02, 2017

What an amazing and accomplished life for Mr. Palkovic.  He was a great role model to many, including my father.  I will personally miss his many stories he loved to tell.
Troy Cochran

February 02, 2017

He was a wonderful teacher. Always listening to you when you spoke and alway had good advice. will be missed by all. My condolances to all the family.
                                             Denise (Condida) O’Brassill 

February 01, 2017

Thinking of you, Beth, and sending my condolences.  I have so many fond memories of your dad when we were growing up together.  I remember him taking us out on the Chesapeake.  He loved it out there on his boat.   And I will always remember his contagious smile and how much he loved people!  Our prayers are with you, Bob, Michael and Matthew. 
Cindy (Kurtz) Weaver

February 01, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I write about a friend, coach, teacher and co-worker whom I have known for over 58 years.  Steve was an honest dedicated person who did it the right way. The stone will show the dates as 1927-2017 but that’s not the story of Steve. Steve’s story lies in the – between the dates for all the accomplishments that he achieved for himself and others. That’s what he will be remembered for. Goodbye old friend, you will always be remembered.        Dave and Dorinda Cochran

February 01, 2017

I worked with Steve when we were both school counselors at Warwick.  He always has a joke, a smile and cared about the schools and his community.  So very sorry for your loss.
Chris Bunce (Green)

February 01, 2017

Beth, I’m so sorry to learn of your Dad’s death. I enjoyed working with Steve for many years and I will miss him very much. Carole Hearon

February 01, 2017

I’m so very sorry to see this news — I worked with Steve years ago at the Lititz Record, and remember  him always, always talking about his children — how proud he was of whatever they were doing at the moment — and his wife. My deepest sympathies to you all. 
Jen Kopf

February 01, 2017

Dear Beth, Bob, Michael, and Matthew,  We’re so sorry to hear of your loss.   Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Fondly, The David Family – Paul, Jean, Kelly, and Lisa. 

January 31, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Anything you need,please let us know.
The mauger family
Steve,Betty,wade and Nevan

Saturday, February 04, 2017
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170 Charles Road
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