Michael Andrew Stettner September 9, 1965-February 13, 2021, 55, of Gilberstville, PA, passed away on February 13, 2021 at home.
Michael was beloved to his family, including his wife of 30 years, Kathy (nee Canning), daughter Laura and son Ryan. Mike was the son of Janet (Mikus) Stettner and the late John Stettner, and son-in-law of Kathleen and the late Edward Canning. Michael also leaves behind his sister Kathy Malkoskie (Steve), sisters-in-law Amy Canning (Tyree Jones), Susan Held, brother-in law Ed Canning, many nieces, nephews and godchildren and lots of close friends.
Mike was born and raised in Allentown, PA and graduated from Parkland High School. He attended Millersville University earning a BS degree in Education, and later earning his Master’s from Villanova University. Mike spent his career educating high school students in earth sciences, including environmental science, geology, meteorology and oceanography. He taught at St. Huberts High School in Philadelphia before joining Lower Merion High School in 1995. Mike loved his students and found great joy in coaching the Science Olympiad, leading the team to two state titles and National competitions. Throughout his time as an educator, Mike positively affected tens of thousands of young people, including Kobe Bryant, who graduated from Lower Merion in 1996.
He was an invaluable leader in the Lower Merion Education Association (LMEA), serving for nearly 30 years in elected positions including Secretary – Professional, and for over a decade as Vice President – Professional, while also serving as the Co-chair – Professional for the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities. In these roles, Mike acted as the association’s main liaison to the Pennsylvania State Legislature regarding education issues, and worked to ensure contract compliance. He was incredibly well connected and respected within the LMEA and the State government. He is remembered by his colleagues as a soft-spoken, inspirational and generous leader who was comfortable with everyone and made everyone feel comfortable. He was a guide to those coming up in the organization in understanding what really matters. Mike was dignified, respectful and was a friend to all.
Mike loved following Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Eagles and the Phillies. For Mike, no summer was complete without a trip to Emerald Isle, NC, including setting up his telescope and teaching his children, nieces and nephews about the stars. And no night was complete without dessert, even if it was a bowl of Lucky Charms. Mike was the man you would seek out to hold your crying baby. With Mike, the baby would always be soothed.
Mike’s greatest love was his family. He and Kathy met as college students and married soon after graduation. He and Kathy, who teaches kindergarten at Earl Elementary in Boyertown, PA happily taught together from home for months during the pandemic. Mike was an incredibly supportive father, cheering on his daughter to her recent graduation from Temple University, and his son Ryan to his Eagle Scout. Everyone will remember Mike as big hearted, steady, a calming force with a quirky sense of humor, a family man like no other. He will be missed by all every day spent without him.
Visitation will be Saturday. Feb. 20, from 2PM to 4PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N., Lewis Road, Royersford with a memorial service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael Stettner Memorial Fund at TruMark Financial Credit Union, 2795 Ridge Pike, Trooper PA., 19403. Funds will be used to support the Science Olympiad Team at Lower Merion High School.
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