Stanley Joseph Voda, World War II Veteran died peacefully in his home on December 21, 2020 at the age of 103. Born on June 22, 1917 in Burlington, Mr. Voda lived in Burlington Township since 1950. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp established during The Great Depression to give young men jobs. Under the direction of the Army, as a CCC member. Stanley worked as a firefighter, cleared and replanted trees, and helped in road construction in the forest of Oregon and Washington State from 1936-1939. He then worked on board the USS New Orleans which dredged the Delaware River under the direction of the US Army Corp of Engineers.
Stanley enlisted in the US Army in November of 1940 and served as a Sergeant in the Pacific Theatre of Operations until his was Honorably discharged in August 1945. After deploying from San Francisco his troop crossed the Pacific aboard the Matson Line Troop Ship convoy, landing near Brisbane, Australia. Traveling through Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, the troop flew from Port Pirie to Milne Bay and Oro Bay in New Guinea where Stanley served with the 58th Ordinance and Ammunition Company. Stanley’s service decorations included: the American Defense Service Ribbon, The Asian Pacific Medal and Ribbon, the U.S. Army Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Two Bronze Stars. He also had a 35 years Veteran’s Service Medal. Stanley had great respect for the Australian people and kept numerous memoirs and photographs of his time in the Pacific. After his Army service, he worked for Fort Dix as a baker, before transferring in 1953 to the Cemetery Division at Beverly National Cemetery, where he worked as an assistant foreman and tree specialist until his retirement in 1978. A lifelong member of All Saints RC Church, Stanley was dedicated to his faith.
He was a member of the National Birmingham Roller Pigeon Association and his lifelong hobby was the training and flying of the Birmingham Rollers. He was also a member of the American Center of Polish Culture, the Koscuszko Foundation and the American Legion, MacFarland Post in Burlington. Stanley loved the outdoors and spent many hours planting and pruning his trees and shrubs. He grew a variety of flowers and vegetables.
He enjoyed taking long walks every day. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Maryanne, and his siblings: Anna, William, Sophie, Catherine, Helen, Julius and Julie.
Stanley was the loving husband of 41 years to the late Julia H. (Zeppa) who died in 1988. He is survived by their daughter Sandra C. Voda. He is also survived by nieces Edith Dykes and Maryann Southwick and a nephew Joseph Bechta. The family would like to extend a work of Thanks to Gifty Akamoah and Regina Tirado for their care support in making Stanley’s life interesting and fun.
A visitation for Stanley will be held at Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union Street, Burlington on Monday, December 28, 2020 from 7:30-8:30am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints RC Church, 502 High Street, Burlington at 9am with burial and military honors in Beverly National Cemetery at 10:30am. Contributions may be made in Stanley’s memory to St. Katharine Drexel Parish Rectory 223 E. Union St., Burlington, NJ 08016. Mass card would be appreciated. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family from www.pagefuneralhome.com. #lifecelebrationbypage.
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