Charles John Stoyka

Charles John Stoyka, age 87, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died October 25, 2021, in Petoskey, Michigan. He was born July 24, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan to John and Anna (Krisfalusi) Stoyka.

Charles grew up as a son of an autoworker and his wife and was one of four children. He was self-employed early in life and owned several Standard Oil Stations in the Detroit area before he bought two in Mackinaw City, Michigan and began selling used cars. He eventually sold off most of it and ran his service garage and car lot out of Indian River, Michigan until finally selling that and retiring. He has since been spending winters in Winter Haven, Florida, and summers at the family home in St. Ignace. He enjoyed spending time on his beach on Lake Michigan and spending time with his longtime companion, Delores Bosley of St. Ignace. Family was very important to him. He will be deeply missed.

Charles was a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, and American Legion in St. Ignace. He was also a member of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit and St. Nectarios Orthodox Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Charles is survived by his children, Susan Stein of Winter Haven and Charles “CJ” Stoyka of Santa Ana California; grandchildren, Cassie (Andrew) Phelps of Schoolcraft, Michigan and Maggie (Jed) Stein of Coopersville, Michigan; great-grandchildren, Penny and Gemma Phelps; and sister Helen Diachenko of Waterford, Michigan.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Stoyka; parents, John and Anna; sister, Mary Wensel; and brother, Michael Stoyka.

No Services are planned at this time.

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