Stan Fedewa, 75, of Lansing, MI, died peacefully on August 3, 2014, his loving wife, Marilyn, at his side. He was born to Norm and Agnes (Murphy) Fedewa on April 3, 1939, in Lansing.
Stan was well known across the state, as well as in the nation’s banking industry. He completed his public career as president of The Chamberlain Organization, which he formed in 1991 with Eugene Kuthy. Michigan Banker magazine credited the firm, among other things, with the “novel task of arranging the installation of banking offices in supermarkets.” Stan had earlier served as executive director of the state’s Financial Institutions Bureau.
A 1957 graduate of Lansing’s St. Mary’s High School, Stan earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 and, later, a master’s degree in journalism and American history from Michigan State University (1965). While at Notre Dame, he was a founder and inaugural chairperson of the Council for International Lay Apostolate, which he described as a “Catholic Peace Corps developed in the increasing fervor of the civil rights movement, and in the fresh air of Pope John’s papacy.” In 2011, the President of Notre Dame, Rev. John I. Jenkins, acknowledged Stan’s lifetime public contributions with a special citation in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of his graduation.
Upon leaving Notre Dame in January 1962, Stan entered the United States Army officer corps. He served as First Lieutenant in charge of transportation at Fort Ord, California, in 1962 and 1963, during which time each of his lovely daughters were born.
Upon his return to Lansing in 1963, Stan joined the Michigan Catholic Conference as a chief assistant to director Francis “Jerry” Coomes where he worked on various issues including: job-training centers for the unemployed; housing, health and education for migrant workers, and; fair housing and education for minority populations. Later, he was appointed executive director of the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, representing nearly 1,000 non-public Catholic, Lutheran and Jewish school and their students.
In the 1970s, Stan was appointed chief of staff to Speaker William A. Ryan leaving this position during the term of Speaker Bobby Crim to pursue a course of study in Europe. It was during this training that Stan and Marilyn met, fell in love and, subsequently, married (in 1977). Shortly thereafter, Stan served as vice president of Communicraft, a Los Angeles-based public relations firm.
Stan returned to Lansing in 1983 to work in the administration of Governor James J. Blanchard, serving in the Commerce Department and, later, as the Governor’s director of federal and state legislative relations before moving to the Financial Institutions Bureau.
In 2003, Stan and Marilyn co-authored the biography of renowned Michigan Republican leader, the late State Senator Emil Lockwood. In describing this Man in Motion, Stan highlighted Lockwood’s statesmanship for “orchestrating passage of Michigan’s Fair Housing Act, as well as many other laws seeking justice.”
Stan’s family and his many friends remember him as a completely and uniquely disciplined and dignified, competent and compassionate, loyal and loving man who will be deeply missed. Surviving Stan are his wife Marilyn and daughters Kristine P. (Harry) Scarff and Mary-Ellen (Rupert) Wyard, granddaughter Charlotte Scarff, grandson Ben Wyard, brother Lawrence (Theresa) Fedewa, sister Madonna Fedewa, nieces and nephews Kirsten Fedewa, Eric (Ritika) Fedewa, John (Nirali) Fedewa, Scott (Katherine) Fedewa, Jonathan (Carie) Fedewa, sister-in-law MaryAnn (Douglas) Heh, nephews Christopher (Audrey) Heh, Michael (Karmi) Heh, Jeffrey (Corinne) Heh, and Steven (Amy) Heh, as well as a host of loving great-nieces and nephews, Fedewa and Murphy cousins, relatives, and friends.
The family will receive friends at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel (325 W. Washtenaw) on Monday, August 18 from 5-7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John Catholic Church and Student Center, East Lansing (327 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing) at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, August 19, following a brief viewing at the church at 10 A.M. After the Mass, burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation.