Joseph F. Steliga, age 82, passed away on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at RWJ University Hospital at Somerset. Joseph was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and was raised in Bayway/Linden, NJ before coming to reside in Warren, NJ for the past 50 years.
Joseph served the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark as a priest for six years before choosing to continue his life as a lay person. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Art (1960) and Master of Arts in Education (1976) from Seton Hall University and a Master of Public Rehabilitation from New York University in 1984. Joseph held several executive positions at vocational and medical institutes before spending more than twenty years as the General Manager of Marketing Resources at Healthways Communications Inc. Joe retired in 2012.
Joseph was a very active member at Our Lady of the Mount Church, serving as a eucharistic minister and reader on countless occasions. He had a love for life which he extended through many dinner outings, rounds of golf, travel, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Braves. Most of all, his favorite activity was spending time with his granddaughter, Abigail.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 47 years, Miriam (Byrnes) Steliga. He is also survived by his daughter, Sarah Frees, her husband Scott, and granddaughter Abigail Frees.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Mount Church on Wednesday, July 21 st, 2021 at 11:00 am. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Stony Hill Cemetery.