of Chelsea, Michigan, died Sunday, March 31, 2024, at his home in Chelsea. He was born October 10, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Vincent Edward and Renee Louise (Lauthier) Stankevich.

Ed went to Emerson Elementary-Middle School in northwest Detroit, then to Redford High School also in Detroit. After high school, he served for the U.S. Navy for 5+ years. After his service he went to Oakland Community College for four years, then to Central Michigan University for two years. On April 29, 1976, Ed married Deborah Sue Petro in Ann Arbor. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in Geology after four years at the University of Michigan. Ed told jokes and stories for much of his life. He worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for five years, then U of M Hospital for 24 years. While he was in the Radiology department, he was the Hall Monitor and brought many smiles. Dialysis brought a medical retirement in 2004, that started a 19-year fight with medical problems. Finally, the problems from all the comorbidities became too much.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Sara (Andrei) Rusea of Plymouth, and Beth Stankevich of Oakland, California; and his grandchildren, Sebastian Rusea and Viviana Rusea. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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#8 Steve Soltis 2024-04-07 11:05
Ed was a special person, he taught me a lot about life. I will miss him. I am so sorry for your loss.
#7 Ryan Stamper 2024-04-06 12:30
Ed was an entertaining man; always ready with a joke. I hope he considered me a friend. Much love to his family.
#6 Brenda Hegwood 2024-04-03 13:06
My thoughts and prayers are with your family Ed.

You will be missed and I am thankful that I got to know you at dialysis when you were there with Dale and Rosie.

Rest in Peace my friend
#5 Marilyn Weir 2024-04-03 12:47
Debbie and girls I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was a wonderful man and will miss his humor and kindness. Much love and prayers for you all.
#4 Kathie Gourlay 2024-04-02 21:07
I haven't interacted much with Ed since his 2 daughters and our 2 daughters graduated from Chelsea High School together more than 20 years ago. My condolences to the entire Stankevich family, which I remember fondly. I also remember a conversation Ed and I had back then about his need for a kidney transplant ,which he did not think he would be able to get, because the waiting list prioritized younger people. I am glad he lived 20 years longer, but perhaps it could have been even longer and healthier. I think there is a big need for more kidney donations and research into other ways of helping people whose kidneys don't function correctly. I encourage people to donate to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan or donate a kidney. Apparently, agreeing to donate upon your death only works occasionally.
#3 Marcia Quilter 2024-04-02 08:49
I remember Mr. Stankovich so well from North School - and his wife and girls, especially Beth. What a lively and supportive family to all things educational. May he rest in peace.
#2 Marvin Peach 2024-04-02 00:50
Fair winds and Following seas my friend. See ya later.
#1 Nicolas Haroney 2024-04-01 17:47
Rest in peace my friend, although we never met I feel our paths crossed in that Detroit neighborhood. God bless you and your family.

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