Stephen J. Limanek – Burlington

Stephen J. Limanek died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at his home in Burlington. He was born in East Douglas, Mass., on July 29, 1922, son of the late John and Katherine (Chupka) Limanek. On July 5, 1952, he married Joan Moran in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, N.J. This past July they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and Steve’s 90th birthday with a family reunion. Steve graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1948 with a degree in electrical engineering, and from Georgetown University in 1951 with a degree in law. Steve was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, where he participated as a master sergeant in the Pacific theatre in the invasion of Okinawa. From 1948 to 1950, he was a full-time instructor in the electrical engineering department at Catholic University and in 1951 and 1952, he worked in the patent department of RCA in Washington, D.C., and in Princeton, N.J. He was a patent attorney for U.S. Philips in Irvington-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., from 1952 to 1955, and for Texaco in New York City from 1955 to 1960. While working in New York City, he spent his evenings and weekends building the family’s first home in Pleasantville, N.Y., with his father. Steve joined IBM in their Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., in 1960, where he worked as a senior patent attorney and as a managing patent attorney. In 1967, he became the founding manager of IBM Burlington’s Intellectual Property Law Department in Essex Junction. During his career, he was an attorney admitted to the bars in Washington, D.C., New York, Vermont, and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He retired from IBM in Burlington in 1988 although he continued to work for IBM part time as an outside attorney for 10 years. Steve was active with the Burlington International Games, serving as sports director and as general manager, and was president of the Burlington Tennis Club. He was also active in Christ the King Church for many years as a Eucharistic minister and as a coach for their boys’ basketball teams. At Rice Memorial High School, he was president of the Rice Home and School Association, president of the Rice Athletic Boosters Club and committee chairman of the Rice Annual Fund Drive. He was also president of the Fanny Allen Hospital Associates and a Eucharistic minister at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He served on the Board of Directors of the Baird Children’s Center, where he was chairman of the Fundraising Committee. In the 1960s, he was chairman of the committee that ran the Lake Champlain Swim Team, and he initiated the formation of the Champlain Valley Summer Swim League in 1968. Among his survivors are his son Dr. James Limanek and wife, JoAnne (Ferro), and their daughters, Elaine, Lisa and Caroline, of Shelburne. There will be visiting hours on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, from 4 to 7 pm at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Christ the King Church at 10 am, followed by interment in Resurrection Park Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Rice Memorial High School, Development Office, 99 Proctor Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403.

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