Passed away on June 15, 2019 at the age of 26. Lovingly survived by his parents, Stephen and Peggy, his sister, Margaret, his grandparents, Lee and Sue, and his girlfriend Kora.
Stephen will always be remembered as the biggest guy in the room with the goofiest smile, loudest voice, and warmest heart. He had the secret skill of making pretty much everyone laugh, and a real knack for belting out songs anywhere, anytime. He could Walk It Out and Soulja Boy like no one’s business.
Along with his contagious humor, Stephen was a huge foodie. If there was shrimp within a two mile radius, you can guarantee it’d be gone before he could pace back and forth ten times. Along with seafood, Stephen really loved all food, but especially cosmic brownies. There could never be enough Sriracha. Another favorite past-time of his was eating pancakes in bed with a side of pink milk while the family dog pitifully begged on the floor. Although these dogs never deserved the scraps, Stephen gave it to them freely and love in abundance.
Some of Stephen’s favorite past-times included late-night eating, having a cigarette when waking up in the morning, and exploring the beauty and serenity that is Door County. Stephen loved going on camping trips with the Tosa Crew and spoiling his beautiful girlfriend, Kora. He’d watch the history channel for hours and was always a huge movie buff. He especially enjoyed movies geared towards redemption. Breaking Bad and the Office were his favorite shows, and they each were sprinkled into his personality.
He loved watching the Packers, Bucks, Marquette, and Gonzaga. He was a great athlete and natural born leader. He was always a team player, and assisted in taking several teams to victory. He had taken a break from sports, but had plans to start basketball again. They will always be a part of him.
He valued his family more than anything, and always wanted to make his beloved grandfather proud. His mother, father, sister, etc. were close seconds. He did suffer with a drug addiction, but he’d never let it define him. Most people were not even aware that he had one because he was exceptionally skilled at hiding it. However, he was never good at hiding his love, and he had a lot to go around.
His mother will especially miss his “I love you’s,” but he wants to remind her that they will forever be in her heart. He wants to assure us all that he is no longer in pain, and lives within each and every one of us. He will be forever missed and loved, but never forgotten. #liltesh #tosacrew
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 21 at St. Bernard Catholic church (1500 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213) from 1PM to 3PM, Mass of Christian Burial at 3:15PM. Private committal at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Stephen's name may be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society.