Steven Stanley Mazzagotte, 63 - Glenville

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Steven Stanley Mazzagotte; "Stan the Jewelry Man, " was called home. Stan leaves his father George; stepmother, Audrey; wife, Paula; step sons, Anthony and Joshua; daughter, Kimberlie; granddaughter, Noelle; sister, Evon and her husband, Danny; sister, Debbie and her husband, Skip; cousin, Rob and his wife Barb; sister-in-law, Susan and her husband, John; mother-in-law, Maxine and "aunt-in-law," Caroline.

Stan was born in Pensacola, Florida on December 19, 1948. he enrolled in a silversmith class at a local college in 1974 and therein found his life's work. Goldmakers, Inc. was founded in 1975 in Tampa, Florida.

In October 1997, Stan and Paula met online via America Online (AOL). Their first date was a Harley ride on November 05, 1997. Their courtship reads like a fairytale. Stan, always the incurable romantic, proposed on Valentine's Day, 2001. He said that if a newly married couple went on a honeymoon then the newly engaged couple should also have a special celebration. Thus Stan and Paula's "sugarmoon" was born. They flew to Pittsburgh, rented a 4-wheel drive truck and spent a week skiing and dining atop Snowshoe Mountain. On November 05, 2001 they were married in Barbados and honeymooned in the British Virgin Islands.

The jewelry business boomed and they came to WV often as Paula's family lives here. Nelson, Paula's father became ill and the Mazzagotte's took that as a sign to get out of the big crime-ridden city of Tampa and relocate to Glenville. Stan adopted the role of caretaker of the family property atop Nutter Run Hill; GoldMakers Jewelry replaced the Tampa corporation and the rest as they say, is history.

Stan was a genuine angel on earth. Everything he touched was instantly improved; brighter; stronger; more vivid. He lived "out loud" and every second of every day to its' fullest. His glass was never half empty. Those of us blessed enough to be within his reach were showered with his kindness, benevolence, thoughtfulness and love. A little bit of Stan's heart and soul is encapsulated in each piece of the jewelry he designed. It is warming to know there are so many pieces out there with a little bit of Stan in each and every one of them. As Stan's disease progressed, it weighed heavily on his heart to be unable to fulfill the creative needs of his community. He was a unique man with a unique gift and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

To pay tribute to this wonderful man, a Memorial Celebration of the Life of Stan Mazzagotte will be held at the Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2012 led by Pastor Kenny Fisher.

Friends may gather from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

There will be slide shows, pictures, albums, etc. to honor and remember Stan. Pictures, jewelry, stories or anything you have which will share Stan's talents, friendship, love, etc. are welcome. Anyone wishing to share a story or speak of Stan's life will have that opportunity just after 7:00 p.m.

Stan was very specific in not wanting a sad and solemn affair, but a celebration of his life. So please dress for a celebration, not a funeral. You know he will be with us in spirit!

As Stan was a recipient and strong supporter of First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to this worthwhile, county focused organization.

There will be a basket for such donations or feel free to write Stan's name on the memo line of your check and mail to First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, 217 East Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351.