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POPLAWSKI, Stephen J. 1937 ~ 2012 Stephen was born to Paul and Theressa Poplawski June 11, 1937, in the Bronx, New York. Stephen had been ill with cancer for several months, he was rushed to Scottsdale Osborn Healthcare Hospital on February 9, 2012, and passed away. Stephen enlisted in the U.S. Navy November 10, 1954. He attended the Naval Ordinances at Newport, Rhode Island, Norfolk, Virginia, and Key West, Florida. He was honorably discharged October 8, 1957. Stephen began his Civil Service Career at Edwards AFB Commissary as a Meat Cutter in 1970, and was then promoted to Grocery Manager. During this time he transferred to RAF Alkanbury, UK 1976 to 1978, and to Civil Engineer, Kadena AFB Japan 1992 to 1996. In 1982, he began working as a Civil Engineer in the plumbing shop. He remained a plumber until he retired in February 1997. He married Mary Olive Newberry- Sosebee in May 1974, residing in Lancaster, California for 18 years, before relocating to Okinawa, Japan in 1992. Stephen and Mary were happily married for 38 years. Stephen is survived by one brother, Stanley Poplawski of Lynbrook, New York, one sister, Veronica Echert of Manchester, New York. step-children: Steven Sosebee of Scottsdale, Arizona; Tery (Jim) Beckman of Tempe, Arizona; Diane Moore of Ft. Worth, Texas; Bob Sosebee of Tempe, Arizona; Gary (Bernadette) Sosebee of Lancaster, California; Linda Guzman of Scottsdale, Arizona. Grandchildren: Shane Brannon of Tempe, Arizona; Holly Moore White (Cuatro) of Marfa, Texas; Kacie Sosebee of Scottsdale, Arizona; Adam Sosebee of Lancaster, California; Dr. Jamie Beckman of Scottsdale, Arizona; Matt Sosebee of Ventura, California; Sara Sosebee of Midvale, Utah; Amie Sosebee of Kent, Michigan, and one great-granddaughter Tatianna Sosebee of Lancaster, California, and several nieces and nephews. Stephen and Mary were active members of New Hope Community Church in Lancaster, California and also attended Protestant Chapel Services while in the UK and Japan. Stephen loved to golf and make people laugh. He was devoted to his family. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2012, at New Hope Community Church, with Pastor John Tigner presiding.

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