Dear Donna, Mark and Cyndi,
If we could place all of Steve's acts of kindness end to end it would stretch from here to the moon and back again – no one can match all that he did for so many people – Steve was a totally selfless person. That smile was so precious and was his way of extending his love and concern and empathy for all who came in contact with him. Steve was forever lending his love for mankind to all who touched his world. Together, Donna and Steve were an incomparable team, an extension of the aura of Howard and Ginny Swyers and how their lives touched so many people and especially children, of which I am but one of many. It's as if Howard and Ginny passed the baton to Donna and Steve in a seamless manner like in a relay, not like a race, but in a quest for raising ones standards to as high as it can be, whether it is having a nearly perfect attendance record at Rotary or inspiring a young person to seek the highest and best they can in their lives. And now it is up to you, Donna to carry on with the support of Mark and Cyndi and friends. Donna, we know you have lost your soul-mate, but although he is not there physically, rest assured, he is there on your shoulder, lending you his support and love, today and every day. Stand tall and be strong, and lean on all of your many friends and the Lord when you feel the need. We send our love to you and your family. Remember your family also extends from here to the moon and back again. I had hoped to fly over from the Bahamas for the service, but just couldn't make it, but I will be there in spirit.
Love, Priscilla and Robert Benner