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James Mathew Stanko

September 12, 1970 ~ January 17, 2022 (age 51) 51 Years Old


He is survived by his wife, their daughters Brooke and Lily, his brother Joseph and his wife Barbara, niece Bryanna and her husband Brayden and their daughter Magnolia, niece Marah, nephew Zach, Uncle Fred & Aunt Shelley Scoleri, Aunt Lillian Lisowski, Uncle Rick & Aunt Joanne Pirret, Uncle James & Celeste Stanko, Grandmother Lillian & Grandfather Rick.

James was born in Philadelphia, PA. His family moved to Pottersville, NJ where he and his brother Joe grew up. Jim graduated from Voorhees High School, and throughout his life was an avid bodybuilder and athlete. He met the love of his life Sharon through a Bible study his mother taught to young teens and young adults in their basement. Jim worked for NJ Transit for many years and had many different jobs until God called him in 2009 into law enforcement. He served the City of Allentown, PA as an officer, a detective, and as the Liaison for the police and the community. All would say he was a friend to everyone and anyone.

James will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, brother, nephew, friend, and an irreplaceable piece of the world we live in. His love for Jesus and compassion for others shined through him in every interaction. His faithfulness to God shaped his whole life and helped shape our lives too.

A memorial and celebration of life is planned for Monday, January 24th, 11am-12:30pm at Evangel Chapel Bridgewater. 505 State Highway 28, Bridgewater NJ 08807.

A procession to the burial site will occur after the memorial service.

The service will also be live-streamed on Evangel Chapel Bridgewater’s YouTube channel:

Arrangements are under the direction of the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

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Celebration of Life
January 24, 2022

11:00 AM
Evangel Chapel Bridgewater
505 State Highway 28
Bridgewater, NJ 08807


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