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July 22, 2018

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June 21, 2017
I am only hearing of this now and I am stunned. Steve was a childhood friend of mine and a classmate at Triton. We spent many a day out in front of my house with other kids in the neighborhood playing street hockey or touch football. Great guy! Never any trouble. Just an all around decent human being.<br /><br />Condolences to the family.
May 15, 2017
To the Czekalski family,
It was the greatest pleasure to be a co-worker with Steve. He and I taught one year together in an ICR English class. It was his humor, quick-wit, and ability to draw out all students that I found amazing. In particular was an awkward and withdrawn student that Steve encouraged to go out for football. Surprisingly he did despite the fact that he had a significant learning disability and struggled immensely with the play book. Steve would take the time to discuss the essence of the game with him. That was freshman year.

By the time the young man was a senior, he was a happy and well-adjusted bench warmer that got in a couple of good plays each game. The last game of the year, he refused to get out of his football uniform once the game was over. He wanted to savor this feeling of belonging to a team that encouraged instead of putting him down. He was finally part of his class, team, and school. I believe it was because of Coach C and his love of encouraging all children that was a direct result of this student's sense of accomplishment.

Steve loved life, his wife, and children. This was witnessed by me when he announced to the class, "I would walk across hot coals, climb mountains, or swim the seas for my wife or children." He meant it and the students and I admired him for it. For some, it may have been the first time a child heard a man talk endearingly about their wife and children.

Admittedly, it is hard being in a school that Steve loved so much. His chair that is vacant still contains his spirit. We shared our faith in God, Jesus who died on the cross, and the Holy Spirit. He loved reading scripture and discussing it with me. Often he would read scripture verses that gave him comfort in his time of need, especially during the many tenuous medical tests that he endured.

Steve was a great man, and you were the wind beneath his wings! (Sorry for the cliché, but so appropriate!)

You are all in my prayers. May you feel peace in knowing that God has Steve in His perfect plan.
May 13, 2017
I am so very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was my daughter's English teacher at WDHS and she was so saddened to tell me of his passing. She as well as all of his other students loved him. At back to school night one year, as I sat in one of the desks while he was talking, I kept saying to myself that he looks familiar but I could not remember how. That night I remembered that we worked together at Gino's in Brooklawn when we were teenagers.
I emailed him the next day and he replied and said how good it was to hear from someone from "back in the day". I remember one day when we were working together a song came on the radio called "I'm Glad", and those two words are the only two in the song. He said "Gee, I wonder what the name of this song is", and I remember us laughing about that. I am sure that he will be missed greatly by those whose lives he touched. As you deal with this very difficult time in your life, know that many are thinking of you and praying for you.
May 12, 2017
Dear Mrs. Czekalski and children,
I wish to send condolences for the 'Passing on' of Stephen. He is in Heaven for eternity and with Jesus our Lord and Savior, Amen! I knew Stephen since he coached football and track and we have shared many devotionals to encourage and lift each other up! He is a great husband and Father. A solid friend who always searched me out at track meets to see how I was recovering from my transplants. and I'm very fortunate to have known him and thank Jesus for the 'Season' we have had together. He was always there for me as I was for him. Peace and calm to you all and rejoice in the times we all had to share with him.
In HIS Service Coach Al