Steven J. Aquilina died September 20, 2013, at his Scranton home surrounded by his family.
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Born in Scranton on December 30, 1951, Steve graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1969. He furthered his education with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education, attained a Level II certification as an elementary and secondary school principal, a certification in health and physical education by the state of Pennsylvania, a Master's Degree in school administration and a Superintendent's Letter.
A talented man who could accomplish anything he set his mind to, he always made time for his family. Steve instilled a love of knowledge and music with his pride in hard work that inspired family, friends, coworkers and students by his example. At the time of his death, he was employed by the Abington School District, where he was a respected and admired principal at both the Clarks Summit and Waverly elementary schools. Steve was also a legendary keyboardist and vocalist in the NEPA music circuit.
Surviving is his loving wife of 38 years, the former M'Lissa A. Bertocki. Also surviving are a son, Damian and his wife, Beth; and stepdaughters; a daughter, Kimberly; his mother, Grace Aquilina; siblings, Mary Ann DeFazio, Elaine Mueller and Salvatore Aquilina, their spouses and children.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen.
Steve's family would like to thank their family, friends and co-workers for their outpouring of prayers, love and support during his courageous battle with cancer.
The family invites anyone attending the funeral to go directly to the church.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. Those attending are reminded of the funeral home's parking lot located at 1405 Ash St.
Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorial contributions be made to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center by visiting www.mskcc.org/giving to help fund cancer research in hope of one day finding a cure.
For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit www.van stonandjames.com
Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 22, 2013