The Nelsen Funeral
July 24, 2012
Jack Michael Stephans,
77, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 22, 2012. The son of Michael
Alexander and Rose Stephans, Jack was a loving husband to Elizabeth A.
"Betty" Stephans for more than fifty years. For the past thirteen
years they resided in Ford's Colony.
Born in New York, NY on the lower east side, Jack moved to the Bronx and
graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1951. He received an appointment
to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
A highly recruited athlete, Mr. Stephans was recruited personally by the
legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant to play football at the University
of Kentucky. Instead he attended the College of the Holy Cross and played
football for Hall of Fame football coach, Dr. Eddie Anderson. During the
1955 season he was one of the nation's leading passers.
After graduating from Holy Cross in 1956, he was drafted into the NFL
by the Pittsburgh Steelers, as a back-up quarterback to Hall of Famer,
Bobbie Layne. He also signed a minor league baseball contract with the
Cleveland Indians organization. In 1962, he was employed by Moore Business
Forms, Ltd. where he was a top sales executive for 37 years. He retired
in 1992 and re-located to Williamsburg in 1999.
is survived by his wife, Betty Stephans, owner of the Velvet Shoestring;
his five children, Jeffrey M. Stephans, Andrée Stephans-Griggs,
Jon C. Stephans, Jacalyn Stephans-Hazeltine, Michael C. Stephans; and
Mass will be offered at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg
on Friday, July 27 at 12:00 PM. Interment will follow privately. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development,
DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710; Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill
Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185; or Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan
Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188.