Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Hans John "Pops" Stiglitz passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 after a year long courageous battle against three types of cancer. He was at home surrounded by his loving family at the time of his ascent into Glory. A native of Islip, NY, Pops was born October 27, 1928. He was predeceased by his parents, Hugo and Emma, and his sister Eleanor.

Pops lived in Munich, Germany during his adolescence, moving back to Islip after WWII. This is where he met his soul mate and wife for 63 years, Caroline (nee Ray), affectionately known as "Granny" to family and friends. Together they are parents to four children, three sons Bobby (Toni), Richard (Tina), Ronald (Cindy), and a daughter Tina Caracci (Vinny). They also have seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He always loved being with his family.

Pops served America in the U.S. Army for 10 years. He served during The Korean War, reaching the rank of Sargent and serving as a drill instructor. He also led the resupply of our troops in Korea.

Pops also lived Ft. Lauderdale, Little Torch and Maine before moving to Marathon in 1980 to open ARC Machine Shop. Pops worked at the shop until April 2014.

Pops loved his country, the City of Marathon, as well as Marathon High School and was always there to serve his community whenever he was needed. Pops also enjoyed watching baseball, fishing, watching old TV westerns and the opera. He truly enjoyed our family's annual trip to Anna Maria Island, FL. John Stiglitz will also be remembered as an honest, fair, straight forward, hardworking, old school type who would speak his mind.

Pops was honored in a private service by his immediate family on Saturday.

A scholarship fund for Marathon High School students has been set up in the name of Pop Stiglitz Scholarship Fund at the Iberia Bank. Those wishing to honor Pop Stiglitz may do so by donating to this account.