Obituary Condolences

Stephen P. Melnick of Sycamore Stephen P. Melnick, 39, died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. He was born on May 9, 1972, in Arlington Heights, Ill., the son of Richard and Marilyn (nee Doran) Melnick. Stephen married Jennifer J. Makaryk on Oct. 14, 2000, in Plainfield, Wis. Steve was employed as a test and evaluation engineering manager at Honeywell in Freeport. He was a faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa. His faith, family and friends were the most important things in his life and he is dearly missed by many. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer of Sycamore; two children, Robert and Sarah; his parents, Richard and Marilyn Melnick of Arlington Heights; parents-in-law, Edward and Barbara Makaryk of Wisconsin; one sister, Jeanne Roberts (Mike Armando) of Buffalo Grove; brothers-in-law, Christopher Makaryk of Wisconsin and Matthew (Kelli) Makaryk of Georgia; sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Ryan) Sullivan and Rebecca Makaryk of Wisconsin; his grandmother, Mildred Doran of Florida; nieces and nephews, Daniel Roberts, Nicholas Roberts, Lucas Makaryk, Madison Makaryk, Paige Makaryk, Jacob Makaryk, and Kyleigh Makaryk; and a large circle of friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harry and Hazel Melnick; his maternal grandfather, Harry Doran; and niece, Allyson Makaryk. Steve was a 27-year leukemia cancer survivor. Most recently, he was fighting the battle against Leiomyosarcoma. He was an amazing warrior and fought until the Lord called him into his open arms. Steve's family wishes to thank Kishwaukee Cancer Center and the Kishwaukee Community Hospital for the loving care that Steve received. His funeral service will be on Tuesday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 N. State Road, Genoa, with Rev. Jeremy Heilman officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Stephen P. Melnick can be made in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 5, 2012
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