Gerald “Jerry” Stofko is announcing his candidacy for Wyoming Area School Board and is seeking a four-year term.
Stofko was born and raised in Harding by his parents, George and Ann Stofko and is the youngest of five siblings. He was a member of the West Pittston High School Class of 1966 graduating class.
Stofko served two years in the Army Air Cavalry with a one year deployment in Vietnam and rose to the rank of Sergeant E-5. During his deployment in Vietnam, he was awarded three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars with V Device for heroism.
He also received the Air Medal for participating in over 25 aerial missions over hostile territory. He is a life member of the Purple Heart and VFW Post 396, Wyoming. He is a member of the American Legion of Exeter.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Stofko worked at the Celotex Plant in Harding, where he was a member of OCAW Local 8-1. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, joining the Operating Engineers until becoming employed by the Postal Service. He retired after 32 years as a letter carrier. He was a union steward for five years and was acting Postmaster for siox months.
As a member of the VFW Post 396, he has served as Jr. and Sr. Vice President as well as commander for three years. He served as parade chairman of the Confederate Soldier Memorial.
He is a past member of St. John the Baptist Holy Name in Pittston and is currently a member of Corpus Christi Parish. He resides in Exeter with his wife, Katie. He is the stepfather of Jerry Wall and Susanne Wesbrook, both Wyoming Area graduates. He is also the grandfather of Jerry Wall III, a student at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center.