BRIDGEPORT – A retired Stratford school teacher, who claimed she was fleeced of her life savings by her pastor, has died.
Patricia Ann Stosak, 72, died Saturday at a local assisted living facility.
“She has passed but we are still going to be proceeding with the case,” said her lawyer, Joseph Mager Jr., of Milford.
Rev. Dr. Robert Genevicz, 67, pastor of the Stratford Baptist church, was charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly scamming Stosak, a member of his church, out of $173,000. He is awaiting trial in the case.
In addition to the criminal case, Mager said they also sued Genevicz for the alleged theft. “Her death will not stop the lawsuit which is pending in Milford Superior Court,” he added.
Stosak taught for many years at Eli Whitney School in Stratford. Genevicz will not be officiating at her burial Friday at Lakeview Cemetery.
Genevicz, whose ordination was revoked by the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, was recently fired as pastor of the church on Paradise Green after a vote by the congregation. However, church officials have since overturned that vote and scheduled a meeting on Sunday on Genevicz’s future with the church. Church members said the congregation has raised about $80,000 to repay Stosak.
Church officials did not return emails for comment.
Genevicz is also being sued by Cathy Devack, of Trumbull, who claims Genevicz defrauded her 88-year-old father of about $200,000. No criminal charges have yet been made in that case.