PHOENIX: (602) 906-9600 | PEORIA: (623) 486-1955

Date of Birth: February 09, 1936

Date of Death: January 20, 2019

STEVE WAS BORN IN STATEN ISLAND NY OF THIRD GENERATION DECENT. AN ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS FROM PALAMO SCILIY. STEVE GREW UP IN THE SOUTH BEACH AREA AND WAS PROUD OF HIS HOMETOWN. HE WAS POPULAR AND HAD MANY FRIENDS. HE BELONGED TO THE SOUTH BEACH COMMUNITY CLUB AND ATTENDED MCKEE HIGH SCHOOL WERE HE STUDIED TO BE AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, STEVE GOT A JOB WITH HIS UNCLE AND QUICKLY LEARNED THE PLUMBING TRADE. HE SERVED IN THE ARMY FOR 4 YEARS. LATER HE WAS MARRIED TO MARY VIOLA AND GOT A JOB WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION. STEVE HAD MANY HOBBIES AND WAS ALWAYS INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY HE WAS YOUTH DIRECTOR FOR THE STATE OF NY FOR THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND COACHED BASKETBALL TEAMS. HE ENJOYED HUNTING AND CAMPING. STEVE WAS A DEVOTE CATHOLIC WHO LATER IN LIFE BECAME A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN. HE LOVED PEOPLE AND PEOPLE LOVED HIM. HE ALWAYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY WHEN IT CAME TO HELPING OTHERS. STEVE ALWAYS HAD A LOT OF ENERGY AND NEVER SEEMED TO SIT STILL UNTIL LATER IN LIFE WHEN HE DEVELOPED PARKINSON'S DISEASE. SADLY, THE DISEASE SLOWLY TOOK OVER HIS BODY AND MIND . EVEN TO THE END, STEVE ALWAYS WAS SMILING AND ALWAYS HAD A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE.HE WAS ALWAYS THANKFUL FOR EVERYDAY HE LIVED AND VIEWED IT AS A GIFT. STEVE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE MARY AND TWO CHILDREN STEVE JR AND DONNA. HIS 4 GRANDCHILDREN JOSEPH, JULIE, CHRISTIAN AND DESTINY. AS WELL AS HIS TWO SIBLINGS PATRICK AND NELLA. STEVE WILL BE MISSED BUT WE CAN ALL BE COMFORTED TO KNOW THAT HE IS HOME WITH THE LORD AND THAT ONE DAY WE WILL SEE HIM AGAIN. HE LEAVES BEHIND THE LEGACY OF HIS MEMORIES AND HIS GREAT EXAMPLE OF CARING FOR OTHERS, BEING A RELIABLE FRIEND, AND A GREAT FATHER .

Service Information

A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT BEST FUNERAL SERVICES ON PEORIA AVE AT 11AM ON FEB 4. A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW STEVE WILL BE LAID TO REST AT THE NATIONAL CEMETERY ON CAVE CREEK RD AT 2:30 PM