Colonel Dr. Joseph S. “Joe” Stanko, DDS

July 09, 1948 ‒ June 05, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Joseph S Stanko entered heavens gates into the arms of his Lord and Savior June 5, 2017.  Joe as he was fondly known by family & friends was a life time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A devout man of God, Joe was known as a selfless man with a servant heart.  Recently, Joe completed his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, from Loyola University.  He chaired the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for the past 25 years raising funds for the Columbus Diocese. He was an Honorary 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Prospect Lions Club. He also served as a Lector and was a member of the St. Mary’s School Advisory Board.  He enjoyed volunteering and delivering food to the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry and enjoyed his weekly bible study on Wednesday evenings.

Joe was a 1966 graduate of Marion Catholic High School. He furthered his education at St. Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  Upon completion of his bachelors he entered The Ohio State University earning a Doctorate of Dentistry in 1974.  Dr. Stanko then furthered his career enlisting in the United States Army for four years.  Upon serving his country he opened a private dental practice in Prospect, Ohio as well as re-enlisting in the United States Army Reserves for over 33 years.  Joe served his country abroad in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt. Dr. Stanko retired from the military after 34 years of service as a Colonel. In March of 2016 he officially retired from private practice.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joe & Ann Stanko. He is survived by his Lifetime Love and Companion Dora Jean Mendoza;  loving cousins Mary Ann Tomko, Carol Dumez & Michael Kudlovsky of Youngstown, Ohio, and dear friend Ruth Ann Mendoza Foster as well as his beloved cat Missy.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary School Tuition Assistance.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Stanko family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • We were all deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Joseph Stanko. He served as our town dentist in Prospect for many years. Doc was always so gentle and was a sweet soul. Loved his dear friend Dora, his patients, serving his country, and the Ohio State Buckeyes you never left his office without hearing about one if not all of those things. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing. Rest easy Doc, thanks for the memories! You will be greatly missed!

    Lodi Taylor and Family

  • I served with Joe in the Army Reserve. I spent time with him in Iraq as his colleague. He was an honest, kind, and friendly dentist, Officer, and human. I will miss his sincere warm friendship.
    God bless you Joe.
    Don Begezda DDS
    Colonel USA Retired

  • I met Colonel Stanko in 2002. He was one of the finest people I’ve ever met. My friends and I spoke of him often and were fortunate to have known him.

    Joe Copas

  • Lois worked for Joe when he first opened his Dental Practice in Prospect, Ohio. We will miss this great man & friend.

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of COL Stanko. I served under him in Tikrit, Iraq in 2004-5. Great soldier, dentist, and leader. I will miss him sincerely.

  • So sad to hear of the passing of Joe. I first met Joe in dental school at Ohio State where we were both members of the Psi Omega fraternity house. Our paths would cross at times in Marion over the years. He was always very nice and considerate and had a great sense of humor. I know he will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

  • It is been my honor to know Joe as a colleague, and more importantly, a friend for over 25 years. During that time we have shared many stories and laughs about our dental and military experiences. Through this I have found a warm, caring, Christian man who served his community and his country with honor and dignity. I will miss you my good friend. God bless you Joe.
    Mike Jung DDS
    COL, DC, USAR Ret

  • Dr. Joe was a fabulous man to work with. He took care of his staff at Center Street Community Dental Center with coffe runs and pizza lunches. Plus, he taught us whenever we asked for help. At the end of the work day, Dr. Joe helped with all the basic maintenance stuff. What a blessing that I got to know him. Now Dr. Joe is pain free, healthy and enjoying Heaven. We will miss him.

  • Sending my most sincere sympathy to Dora & Joe’s family! Praises be to God that there was no lingering suffering & pain! My prayers are with all who mourn his loss. Joe was a stellar classmate of ’66!!! With love,

  • Joe Stanko was a very kind and generous man. He was loved and will be missed greatly by all whose life he touched. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

    Psalm 34:18

    The Boston Family

  • So sorry to hear of Dr. Stanko’s passing. He was my dentist from childhood to adulthood & will always be remembered as a kind, caring person who took great pride in his work & the community. I never feared “going to the dentist” because of his friendly, easy-going nature.
    Rest easy & painfree, Doc. May God comfort all who mourn.

  • I was surprised and saddened to read of Joe’s passing this morning. I served several years with him in the Army Reserve, and we became friends because of many shared interests. In my civilian job, I called on him as a dental sales representative and knew him as a doctor and person who cared about his patients, his staff, and anyone with whom he was associated. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Joe.

  • Joe was a gift to our learning cohort during the five years of working on his graduate degree from Loyola University (he will receive his degree posthumously). He was a kind, caring man of deep faith and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. We shall miss him so very much!

  • To the family and friends of Dr. Stanko. I am so sorry for your loss. He was my mother’s dentist for many years (Hilda Evans). When I came home in 1998, I tried to get an appointment with him but was told he wasn’t taken any new patients at the time. Then, I said I had just retired from the Air Force and he took me right in! He was a man who truly “gave back”. From one Veteran to another, I salute you, sir. God speed and Rest in peace.

  • I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Stanko was my and my sons’ dentist in Prospect for many years. He always had a ready smile and a kind word for everyone. He will be missed. R.I.P. Doc.

  • Sending my heart-felt sympathies to all who loved and were close to Joe. I have fond
    memories of Joe as my dentist and as a fellow business owner in Prospect during the late 70’s. May you rest in peace, Joe.
    Sherry Birchfield Stewart

    • Joe has been a classmate of mine for the past 5 years. We studied together accomplishing Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, from Loyola University.
      Joe was a true gentleman in all that he did.
      May the Peace of Jesus Christ be with you Joe!
      Denise Zimmerman

  • I was saddened to learn earlier today of Joe’s passing. I was fortunate in that I served with the Colonel for several years. As a leader he was fair and ever the teacher. He always took time to explain the how and why. Personally I found Joe to be funny and supportive. Rest in Peace Joe.

  • I knew Joe through the U.S. Army Reserves Dental Corp unit in Columbus, the 373d Med Co. He was everything the above Reservists said about him, AND MORE! I am gutted to hear of his death and know that heaven has gained a real angel.
    Gilda Stigliano DDS
    LTC, USAR , Ret

  • I worked for Doc for thirteen years he taught me many things. And very understanding of family needs never judging just there to listen. We had many good times him and Erma and me laughing and just there for each other I will miss him. Rest in Peace DOC.

  • I attended several programs with Joe at St. Mary Church, including Bible Study, That Man is You, and Alpha. Joe was one of my favorites from the St. Mary family.
    I loved when he did the mass readings – he had a voice for radio, and a personality for everyone. God bless you Joe.

  • Joe was Allen’s classmate, dentist and good friend to our family.
    He was a caring dentist and always there for his patients. He was a caring professional.
    Good memories of fishing trips in Canada with his uncle and father and a few years ago again with him.
    He always appreciated a good story and a good laugh.
    We will miss him.