A kind and gentle soul passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday morning, October 31, 2018. Stephen George Misovich, beloved husband for 57 years to Marjorie (Mitchell) Misovich, died at Hartford Hospital at the age of 77.
Steve was born on January 12, 1941, in Willimantic, CT, and grew up in Colchester. He graduated from Bacon Academy in Colchester with the class of 1959. Steve went on to the University of Connecticut, where he met and married Marjorie. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1964, Master’s degree and PhD in 1969, all from UConn.
Steve was hired in 1969 to teach at Providence College. It was at that time that Steve and his family moved to North Stonington, CT. Steve’s career at Providence College was long and distinguished, enhanced greatly by students and colleagues he respected and admired.
In addition to his professional life, Steve was a devoted family man, hobbyist, outdoorsman and was active in the political life of his community. Steve was a 55 year member of Colchester Grange #78, a 50 year member of the Bozrah Rod and Gun Club, a 48 year member of the North Stonington Democratic Town Committee, a member of Trout Unlimited, and a member for many years of the August Derleth Society, and a devoted member of the North Stonington Historical Society, as well as the Photography Club of the Historical Society. Steve served on the North Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission, one of the earlier School Building Committees, the North Stonington Economic Development Commission, and as North Stonington’s representative to Southeastern CT Water Authority. Steve was an avid fly fisherman and fly-tyer. He fished Long Pond, Wyassup Lake, and Hewitt’s Pond in North Stonington, all along the Wood River in southern Rhode Island, as well as Weekapaug Beach and Quonnie Breachway. He also fished with cherished friends in the Catskills, the Adirondacks, and North Conway, NH. In his younger years, Steve loved vegetable gardening and enlisted the help of his wife and children in freezing vegetables for winter enjoyment.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, Steve is survived by his children Stephen Joseph Misovich and his wife Kelly of Storrs, CT, daughter Karen Bobonich and her husband Chris of Stanford,CA, cherished granddaughter Lara Mary Misovich, honorary grandchildren; Hallie Bomster Davis and her husband Greg of North Stonington, CT and their children Arianna and Jonathan Davis, whom he adored as his own. Steve also leaves his sister Evelyn Perkins, niece Rosemarie Clifford and her husband, Joe, all of Indiana, cousins Charlie Babek and his wife Phyllis, Geraldine Dawson and her daughter Beth Coleman and Beth’s children, Olivia, Melanie and Matthew, James Babek and his wife Tencia of Texas, sister-in-law Mary Jean Mitchell and her husband Michael Askenazer of Hayward, CA and Mary Jean’s daughter Jenny, sister-in-law Peg Klungle and her husband Bill, niece Carla Clark and her husband Tom, niece Nikki Cushman and her husband Matt, their children; Megan, Katie, and Danny all of Michigan, Steve was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary (Kmick) Misovich-Dawson, brother; Joseph Edward Misovich, stepbrother; Mike Dawson and nephew Brian Dawson.
Calling hours will be held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI. The funeral will be held at 11:00am Wednesday November 7, 2018 at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sue LaTourette. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Trout Unlimited, the North Stonington Grange, of the charity of the donor’s choice.