Stephen (Steve) M. Wojtkunski, 74, a lifelong resident of New Bedford, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 28, 2021. He was the loving husband of Nancy (Wybraniec), the son of the late Phyllis (Podwapinski) and Mitchell Wojtkunski, and brother of the late Frederick Wojtkunski.
A graduate of New Bedford High School and the former Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, now UMass Dartmouth, Steve was always a hard worker with a strong work ethic. Upon graduating, he worked at Berkshire Hathaway in his early years, Acushnet Rubber Division, where he was a production manager for the majority of his life, and then Harvey Industries as he approached retirement. He embraced his retirement where he could focus all of his energy on his family, his garden and enjoying life with his wife, whom he enjoyed traveling with, most memorably to Florida and the Grand Canyon. He enjoyed a life of gardening, woodworking, concert-going, and baseball. A staunch supporter of anything his family did, he was always there for the numerous concerts and baseball games that his grandchildren participated in. The ultimate optimist, he saw the good in everyone and everything.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy, his daughter, Christine Botelho and husband, John, Jr. of East Taunton; and two grandchildren who adored him, Jocelyn and Colin. He also leaves behind many friends and family who loved him very much.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass at 11 A.M., Monday, May 3, 2021 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, New Bedford. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please wear masks and practice social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Memorial Fund (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 235 North Front St, New Bedford) or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.donate.lls.org ).
Arrangements are with Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. For condolences, please visit www.machnowskifuneral.com.
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