Steven Szabo

Szabo, Steven Was taken to Heaven on July 6, 2013 after along illness. Survived by loving wife, Madelyn "Madge"; seven daughters, Catherine Ann "Sandy" Creswell, Christine Rose (Thomas) Payne, Carol Jean (Brian) Hendricks, Colette Marie Szabo (Michael) Mulligan, Constance Helen Szabo (Randy) Schmucker, Clarissa Joan (Edward) Moholick, and Carla Elizabeth Szabo; grandchildren, Lisa Creswell, Allison Payne, Jacobs Hendricks, Cameron Payne, Heather Hendricks, Colin Mulligan, Michael Beatty and Kalea Fincher; great-grandchildren, Summer and Anthony. Steven was born on July 28, 1929 in Detroit, MI. and had a 37-year teaching career.He was involved in the early teachings of computer programming in the 1950s at Cass Tech in Detroit, Michigan.At the pinnacle of his career,he received in Doctorate degree in Mathematics at University of Illinois.Hejoined the University of Illinois UICSM Math Project, where he wrote textbooks and translated them into applications for teaching to teachers throughout the countyin the "newmath" era. Steve taught at Joliet Township High Schools from 1974-1988 as well as at Joliet Junior College.Throughout his career, he taught grades 4 through post-graduate levels.By some, he had been considered a teacher's teacher. His hobbies included bowling, gardening, walking and reading.He reached his goal of reading 10,000 books.He was awarded over 20 trophies for his 25-year bowling hobby. During retirement, he entered the Senior Olympics winning 7 medals in speed-walking and free-throws at the national competition.Steve was inducted to the "Hall of Fame" of Birmingham, atownship ofToledo,Ohio for his excellence in sports and education.He was a star member of the track andfield team at Toledo University. Steve served as a Joliet Noon Lion and was Chair of Sight and Sound Committee, offering eye exams and glasses for free or at reduced costs to those in need.He worked closely with Lenscrafters to coordinate these services.Steve was awarded "Lion of the Year" for his outstanding service. Thanks to Seasons Hospice for their assistance in his last days.Special thanks to Vitas Hospice for their long-term support; to Visiting Angels for their outstanding care and to daughter, Clarissa, for coordinating and providing years of exceptional care. Funeral services will be held at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, 2320 Black Road, Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to theMorningstar Mission of Joliet or to the Salvation Army. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:008:00 P.M.
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Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home
2320 Black Road Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 744-0022

Published in The Herald-News on July 8, 2013