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Stephen Louis Reznicek, 66, died on Friday, June 6, 2014, in San Antonio after a seven year battle with prostate cancer. Steve was born on September 13, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Ralph and Meredythe Reznicek. Steve's life was full of the love of family and of friends who became family. He grew up in a large and loving household with six brothers and sisters and grandparents nearby. Steve told of living next door to his cousins and playing in a joint backyard where the kids came and went as they pleased. During the Vietnam War, Steve's draft number was high, so he enlisted in the Navy to have more control over his destiny. He spent the war in Iwakuni, Japan, enjoying the beautiful country and its beautiful women. Returning to civilian life in 1971 he began a lifelong quest for learning. Steve got a B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a B.A. in Political Science from Bellevue University in Omaha. After graduating, Steve and his first wife joined a commune that traveled the U.S. studying eastern philosophy. Steve eventually left the commune, moving to south Texas with his daughter, Amy and two of his brothers, in pursuit of warm weather. In 1981, he married Cynda Hoffman for his second and final marriage. They shared 32 happy and adventurous years. At midlife Steve decided to pursue his dream of studying law, eventually graduating with a J.D. from St. Mary's Law School in 1990. He practiced for several years with the firm of Garcia, Teneyuca and Reznicek and later worked for Standard Aero in import\export compliance. Steve loved both the work he did and the people he worked with. Steve and Cynda were members of Madison Square Presbyterian Church and, later, Travis Park United Methodist. For many years they shared their passion for good food, great wine, and enjoying life with a band of friends who called themselves "The Gourmet Group." Trips to the Napa and Sonoma valleys, Seattle, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Belgium, and Budapest often centered on the adventure of enjoying the wonderful local cuisine and wines. At Cynda's prompting, Steve became involved in civil rights organizations and made them his own. For several years, they were proud members of the Human Rights Campaign's Federal Club. One of Steve's proudest moments was when he was invited to speak at the local HRC gala on the benefits of being a club member. Steve also believed in the need for safe medical care for women. When he and Cynda were first married and had limited means, they used Planned Parenthood for medical care. Later, he did his best to support the organization's mission. Survivors include his wife, Cynda, daughters Sandra Crow, Amy, Micaela, and Leah Reznicek, three grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, a large extended family, and numerous friends.

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
2:00 P.M.

Rev. Monte Marshall and Rev. Larry Garcia will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Planned Parenthood San Antonio or the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

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Published in Express-News on June 15, 2014
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