PROTONAMESNIK MILE MICHAEL STUPAR
Protonamesnik Father Michael Stupar fell asleep in the Lord on December 20, 2007 after an extended illness.
Born and raised in Rankin, son of the late Jovo and Marta (Martinovich) Stupar, he graduated from Rankin High School. He retired from U.S. Steel's Homestead Works as a foreman after 32 years of service. While he worked there, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduated with a degree in education and earned his master's degree. For 15 years, he was the principal at Forbes Road East Vocational Technical School, Monroeville.
He was a lifelong and dedicated member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church and at the age of 50 began his ministry as a reader and then a subdeacon. Fr. Michael completed the Late Vocations/Holy Diaconate Program and went to Monastery Krka for a period of time to study. In 1987 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and on September 19, 1993 to the Holy Priesthood. He served as a priest at the St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church in Clairton, Pennsylvania, until retiring. He was active in the Serbian Orthodox Church throughout his life including serving a period of time on Diocesan Council.
Father Michael was preceded in death earlier this year by Popadija Elizabeth Stupar. Father Michael and Popadija’s son Michael preceded his parents in death in November 2006. Son Mark with wife Cathy and daughter Marta and husband Deacon Seraphim survive along with three grandchildren.
Father Michael was a World War II veteran. He was active in the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Pittsburgh including working with Father Stevo Rocknage to broadcast the Brotherhood’s weekly radio program.
At the time of the celebration of the Hundreth Annivesary of the St.Nicholas Church in Monroeville, Father Stupar was elevated to Protonamesnik by His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, Monroeville, where Pomen will be at 7:30The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, December 24, 2007 at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville, Pa, beginning at 9:00 am. The funeral service for a Priest will follow at 11:00 am.
May Fr. Michael's memory be eternal.