BEULAH — Mr. Stephen Wencil Sedlacek, 54, of Beulah, died May 27, 2009, at home after battling cancer.
Steve was born April 2, 1955, in Traverse City, the son of the late Wencil Joseph and Mazie Lorraine Sedlacek. Following graduation from Traverse City High School in 1974, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a carpenter. Steve's excellence in carpentry gave him opportunities at Wicks Lumber, Wolohan Lumber, Mr. Ed's and Honor, Frankfort and Onekama Building Supply.
During his employment at Wolohan Lumber, Jan Marie Young won Steve's heart. On Aug. 10, 1996, Steve and Jan were married and shared 16 blessed years together. Although he loved many things, his greatest love was for his Lord and for his family; as a son, brother, husband, uncle, father and grandfather. Through the talents of his carpentry, his hearty laugh and sense of humor, Steve was always ready to lend a helping hand and build a home, be Mr.-Fix-It, build a tree house and make you smile. All those who knew him loved him.
Steve was a hobby woodworker as well. Joining his father, they built bird houses, dabbled with wood lathes and created gifts. The great outdoors was Steve's sanctuary. He camped in the Upper Peninsula, enjoyed deer gazing and was an avid hunter. In addition, he spent long hours on his tractor while tending his lawn and gardens. Steve's contributions coupled with his unwavering faith made it evident that he made the world a more beautiful place.
Steve is survived by his loving wife, Jan (Young) Sedlacek; children, Jessi (Robert) Sedlacek-Heinrich of Grand Rapids, Heidi (Jereme) Scheppe of Traverse City and Eric Sabin of Cleveland, Ohio; siblings, Stephanie (William) Loomis of Williamsburg and Susan Sedlacek of Traverse City; and grandchildren, Ariel Scheppe, Dustin Scheppe and Jordan Sabin.
A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Frankfort Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Frankfort Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1029 Forest Avenue, Frankfort, MI 49635.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the family. Burial arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Gardens of Traverse City.
This obituary was originally published in the Record-Eagle.