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Stephen Casai


1951 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Stephen Casai Obituary


HILLSDALE - Stephen Casai passed away on February 17th at the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility, five months after treatment for a malignant brain tumor. Stephen was 64. He was born on December 9, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Hillsdale College in 1974 and later completed a Pre-Seminary Degree at Bethany College in Mankato, Minnesota. He has been a loyal fixture at the Hillsdale Food Service for the past 35 years and an important Board Member of Right to Life of Hillsdale for the same length of time. He also worked at the Dawn Movie Theater for a number of years before it closed. Reading and writing were his avocations and the students at Hillsdale College were his family. The simple act of checking students in at mealtimes with his wonderful smile has touched many of them in a special way, and the outpouring of messages to Steve from hundreds of alums and current students during his illness has provided a powerful testimony to the impact he has had. Stephen is survived by a brother, Richard Valentine, of Southfield, Michigan and was preceded in death by his parents, Aurelius and Joan Casai. A funeral service to honor his life will be held at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (800 W. Chestnut Street, Morenci, MI 49256) on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m. A Memorial Service will take place on the campus of Hillsdale College at the Searle Center on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m. Before his death, Steve established a Scholarship to benefit Hillsdale College students. In lieu of flowers, donations to the ""Saga Steve Casai Scholarship"" would be welcomed. They can be sent to Hillsdale College and directed toward the scholarship. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

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Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Feb. 19, 2016
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