Dennis J. Stetter
Lima – September 22, 2023, at age 71 Dennis passed peacefully with family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Karen A. (Giovino) Stetter; sister, Eileen Smith; sister in law Connie (Jim) Messina; brother in laws, Bob Giovino and Gary (Sue) Giovino; children Keith (Holly) Stetter, Nicole (Danny) Pearce, Beth (Corey) Gates, JJ (Audrey) Stetter; nine grandchildren (Danny II, Lindsay, Joe, Matthew, Nicholas, Olivia, Julie, Allison, Kate); and many nieces and nephews.
Dennis is predeceased by his parents John and Florence Stetter as well as his sister, Maureen Stetter.
Dennis was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Dennis and his father were very involved in the Boy Scouts and loved to go camping. Dennis loved the outdoors, very adventurous, had no fear when it came to nature. He kept his parents, John and Florence, on their toes. In 1980, Dennis was blessed with a son with the same personality and liveliness. He graduated from Bishop Turner high school in 1970. Dennis then went on to serve his country, like his father John, by enlisting in the United States Air Force 3725 Squadron 1971. Shortly after, he proposed to Karen and they were married August 5, 1972. Dennis was deployed to the Netherlands, where they started their family and spent 3 wonderful years.
Dennis and Karen came back to the states in 1976 to complete their family in Buffalo, NY. In 1988, Dennis’ job relocated the family to Rochester, NY where they found their permanent residence in Lima, NY. He spent his working days in many different car dealerships and auto insurance appraisal offices. Dennis was a hard-working man. When there was a problem with your vehicle, Dennis was the man to fix it. He helped fix many vehicles and rebuilt several of his own. There seemed to be nothing that Dennis couldn’t fix. Even in his final few years, you would see him underneath a car with grease and oil all over his hands.
On his free time, Dennis liked to go to his cabin that his father purchased in 1966. Dennis proceeded to create additions to the cabin and add landscaping all around for his family to enjoy. He held much pride in his cabin because it was a place where his whole family could come to gather and enjoy the many wonders of the outdoors. His happy place was his family.
Dennis gave everything to his family. He would drive rust buckets and fixer uppers his whole life, to give his children a better life. He never took a vacation or went out of arms lengths for desirable or luxurious items. He was a simple man that only needed a cup of coffee in the morning before work and a piece of chocolate or some Oreos before bed.
Dennis is known as a husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend. His family holds a special place in his heart, always and forever.
May he be at peace as he looks over us, while we continue to celebrate and cherish the legacy that he left behind.
Family and friends are invited to call Friday, September 29, 2023 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the O’Connell Dougherty Funeral Home 2041 Lake Avenue Lima, NY 14485. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at St. Rose Church in Lima, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Livingston County Hospice 2 Murray Hill Drive Mt Morris, NY 14510 in lieu of flowers.