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Stephan J. Stranick

November 2, 1962 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 61) 61 Years Old

Stephan Stranick Obituary

It is with profound sadness that the family of Stephan Jeffrey Stranick announce his sudden passing on Friday, January 19, 2024, at the age of 61, with loving family by his side. He was married to his best friend and loving wife Jennifer L. (West) Stranick, with whom he had shared four beautiful children. Born in Sellersville, PA, he was the son of Stephen J. and Janice M. (Cimbalista) Stranick.

Stephan was a 1980 graduate of Souderton High School, Souderton, PA, a 1989 graduate of Ithaca College with a B.S. in Chemistry, and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, in 1994. He was also a veteran, having served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force

Stephan worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as both a researcher and group leader. Most recently, in 2024, he was named a NIST Fellow, a position reserved for visionary and technical leaders whose invaluable contributions allow NIST to achieve its mission. Stephan received numerous prestigious awards across his scientific career, including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award.

Steve’s family was the center of his world, and his pride for his children was abundantly apparent. He cherished his time spent with his children and wife. He was always supportive of his family, whether that be through horseback riding, fishing, or sporting events, while instilling the value of knowledge and education. Steve had an incredible gift for problem-solving, which he embraced both at work and at home. Willing to help anyone, he wore many hats as a mechanic, woodworker, handy-man, fisherman and more. He was incredibly creative, daring, and innovative, but most importantly, he was loving, thoughtful, and generous.

Stephan is lovingly remembered by his wife, Jennifer and their children, Isabella M. Stranick, Sophia A. Stranick, and Stephan J. Stranick. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kaitlin E. Stranick. He is also survived by his parents; three sisters, Margaret Zinn and her husband Dave, Lynne Stranick Gerheart, and Johnna Ames and her husband William. He was preceded in death by brother Jeffery T. Stranick. He will be always remembered by loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family will receive friends and share memories from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Friday, January 26, 2024, at Kenworthy Funeral Home, 269 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 27, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5055 Grandview Road, Hanover, PA, with Father Samuel Miller as celebrant. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The Kenworthy Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 269 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA, has been entrusted by the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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January 26, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kenworthy Funeral Home
269 Frederick Street
Hanover, PA 17331

Mass of Christian Burial
January 27, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
5125 Grandview Road
Hanover, PA 17331


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