Obituary for Joseph "Joe" Stach, Jr.
Joseph “Joe” R. Stach, Jr. of Valley Cottage, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 after a hard fought battle with 9/11 related pancreatic cancer. He was born in Nyack, NY to Joseph Sr. and Elizabeth (Lee) Stach, He was appointed to the FDNY on October 21, 1990, retiring in 2010 as a Lieutenant with Ladder Company 6 after 20 years with the FDNY. He spent 72 hours at Ground Zero immediately following 9/11, and worked at the site for weeks. Joe was also a Life Member of Empire Hook & Ladder Co. #1 in Upper Nyack.
In 2010, Lieutenant Stach was awarded the Albert S. Johnston Medal for bravery.
Joe is survived by his parents Joseph Sr. & Lee Stach, his loving wife JoAnn, their 5 amazing children: Darren, Corrin, Kayla, Ryan and Tyler. He is also survived by his sister Lisa & Matt Ryder, and their children Erin & Kyle. Joe was a friend and mentor to many and will be deeply missed.
Visiting will take place on Thursday, January 11 at St. Ann’s Church, 16 Jefferson Street, Nyack from 2 – 4pm and 7 – 9pm. The Nyack Fire Department will hold Firematic Services at 7:30pm at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 12 at 11:00am at St. Ann’s Church. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Rockland Lake.
Donations in Joe’s memory can be made to the FDNY Family Assistance Unit, 9 MetroTech Center Room 5E-9, Brooklyn, NY 11201