Jeffrey Charles Stenfors
SKANDIA, MI – Jeffrey Charles Stenfors, age 49, of Skandia, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, at UP Health System – Marquette.
Born July 26, 1972, in Marquette, a son of Ronald and LaVonne (Taylor) Stenfors, Jeff was raised in Skandia and spent lots of time in the woods where he enjoyed taking advantage of all that nature had to offer. He graduated from Gwinn High School in 1990 and enrolled in Northern Michigan University’s culinary arts program. Jeff’s first job as a chef was at the Four Seasons in Miami, Florida, with subsequent chef employments at various venues in Alaska, including a dinner theater in Denali Park and at a moose hunting lodge. He left Alaska and moved to Chicago where he also served as a chef before returning to Marquette and enrolling in NMU’s industrial maintenance program. For several years, Jeff worked as a millwright in many places around the country, with his last job as a millwright being with a packaging company in Chicago. Jeff was a very smart, hardworking, and talented individual. He was well versed on many topics and enjoyed debating with his father, Ron. He loved to talk, especially about the things he was passionate about. His major passion in life from his high school days until recent years was power lifting, whenever he was home, he could be found at Joe’s Gym. With a bench press of over 500# and a squat of over 1000#, he was considered to be one of the strongest men in Marquette. He loved the outdoors and being in the woods with his four-wheeler, target practicing with his gun, collecting knives, helping his dad process and sell firewood, and helping out at his father’s business, Maple Lane Sports in Skandia.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Ron and LaVonne Stenfors of Skandia; an uncle, Robert (Cheryl) Stenfors of Escanaba; an aunt, Carolyn Stenfors of Ishpeming, aunt. Judy (TJ) Cavins of Oklahoma; uncle, Vernon (Jing) Taylor of Kansas and several cousins.
Jeff was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jalmar and Mamie Stenfors; maternal grandparents, Atmer and Thelma Taylor, uncles Bruce (Gus) Stenfors of Ishpeming and Leon Taylor of Kansas, and also several great uncles from the Stenfors side.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services on Friday, September 17, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at the Maple Lane Farm in Skandia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Stenfors family, 124 Kreiger Drive, Skandia, MI 49885.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com.