STEPHEN L. MCVAY, 61 ROCKFORD - Stephen L. McVay, 61, Rockford, passed peacefully into the waiting arms of Jesus on Monday, June 16, 2014. He left on the terms he wanted, with his immediate family surrounding him with love. He fought courageously against cancer and defied the odds that were medically given to him. He has no more pain and is rejoicing with his dad in heaven. He was born on September 28, 1952, in Rockford, son of Ed and Vana R. (Porter) McVay Mitchell. Married Gale Edelen on August 17, 1974. Member of Lincolnwood Baptist Church. Graduated from East High School in 1970, attended Rock Valley College and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He was a funeral director and embalmer with Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory. To know Steve was to love him and he was a man with no enemies. He loved his family, music and had the spiritual gift of sarcasm. Survivors include his wife, Gale; son, Aaron (Leslie) McVay; daughter, Danielle (Francois Fredette) McVay; proud and loving Paw of 10 grandchildren; mother, Vana McVay (Bill) Mitchell; brothers, Dave (Wanda) McVay and Roger McVay; sister, Debra (Frank) Fuca; 3 nephews and 3 nieces; brother-in-law, Karl (Kelly) Huber; sisters-in-law, Crystal Prosise and Jeannette Brake. Predeceased by his father. A funeral service to celebrate Steve's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, with Rev. Herman A. Brown and Rev. Karl Huber officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To express condolences online, please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from June 18 to June 19, 2014