Stuart I. Marofsky, age 79. Born on his father’s birthday, June 9, 1943, passed away July 21, 2022 with his family by his side after complications as a result of a seven year battle with Myelofibrosis. Preceded in death by parents Hattie and Henry Marofsky, brother Larry Marofsky, in-laws Harry and Marion Margolis and brother-in-law Ivan Margolis. He is survived by the first and only woman to sit on his lap, his wife of 56 years, Joann; two daughters, Lynn (Adam) Chernin, Lisa (Marty) Richman; grandchildren Alissa, Jaron, Devin, Jacob and Noa; brother David (Debe) Marofsky, sister-in-law Myrna Marofsky, brother-in-law Barron (Robbie) Margolis and many nieces and nephews. He forged deep and meaningful friendships that were only exceeded by his devotion and love for his family. Stu was born in St. Paul and attended St. Paul Central High and the University of Minnesota. He served in the Army Reserves from 1967 to 1973. He started his career stocking grocery shelves with Heinz baby food which led to working with major companies including Nike, Sun Ice and Champion. This was the beginning of his esteemed career in the textile business for over four decades culminating as serving as president of Minnesota Knitting Mills for the last 20 years of his career. His business travels took him across the country, where he made lifelong friends. He never forgot a birthday, calling or texting everyone and receiving the same in return. He was a natural leader in both the business and Jewish communities serving as President of Temple of Aaron, VP of the St. Paul Jewish Federation and Sons of Abraham cemetery, Treasurer of Congregation Kol Ami, committee member of Gan Shalom Cemetery and served on other boards too numerous to list. He met Joann on the way to a BBYO after-party on April 7, 1961. He was 17 and she was 15. They married on December 5, 1965, starting their life in Minneapolis, then moving to St. Paul and eventually settling in Mendota Heights to raise their family. After retirement, they moved to Tampa, Florida full time. In Florida, Stu spent his time swimming in other people’s pools, riding in other people’s boats, meeting friends for lunch, eating the best key lime pie, hosting holidays wearing shorts, not missing Minnesota winters and spending as much time with his grandchildren as possible. Stu volunteered at the VA and Advent Health Hospital for 8 years. Stu’s family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff at Moffitt Cancer Center for treating him over the past 6 years as if he was their only patient. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hattie and Henry Marofsky Administrative Fund at the Minnesota JCC Foundation or Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL. Services will take place at Congregation Kol Ami (3919 Moran Rd, Tampa) on Sunday, July 24, at 1:00 PM, with interment to immediately follow at Gan Shalom Cemetery. (3527 E County Line Road, Lutz).
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