George Julian Stelmach, 80, of Elkridge, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Howard County General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Janice (Waltrup) Stelmach. Born on August 21, 1941, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of Julian Boleslaw Stelmach and Helen (Swierczewski) Stelmach.
George lived a meaningful life through music. From an early age, playing in Rosso’s Curtis Bay Marching Band up until just days before his passing in his final performance with the Ain’t Misbehavin’ Big Band, ”Dr. Sax “ shared his love of music on his saxophone with numerous bands in performances, events and celebrations throughout the Baltimore and D.C. area. When he wasn't performing his music, he could be found on the dance floor with his ballroom dancing family.
Mr. Stelmach was a 1959 Graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He worked in shipping and transportation for General Refractories Co., Eastern Stainless Steel, as well as Exclusive Services, Inc.
He is survived by his children: Jeannine Eddleton (Craig), Joanne Cotton (Chuck), Carol Curley (Brian), Jennifer Stelmach; grandchildren: Andrew Eddleton, Charles Cotton, Maggie Eddleton, Jessica Cotton, Tommy Curley (Lacey), David Eddleton, Eric Curley, George Shively, James Eddleton, Elizabeth Stelmach, Elliott Eddleton as well as a nephew Stephen Waltrup (Kim), brother and sister-in-law Richard and Pat Waltrup, and his loving partner, on the dance floor and off, Beth Kirtland.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 East Ridgeville Boulevard, Mt. Airy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, May 27 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael on Poplar Springs Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michaels Road, Mt. Airy. Burial will be held at St. Michael on Poplar Springs Cemetery immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.