• Thornridge Funeral Home
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Steven M. Lazzara 1962 - 2019

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May 20, 2019
I am deeply saddened to hear of Steves passing. There are not many planners in the Will County area who were not impacted by Steve and his heart. I am especially grateful for Steves mentoring and friendship during my short time in the Will County Land Use Department. Steve helped me on the path to the career I have enjoyed for the last 19 years. Truly blessed to have known him and laughed along with his smiling antics. God bless you, Steve. Sympathy and prayers to his family and friends.
May 19, 2019
I meet Steve when were old enough to drive, and its been a crazy ride every since then. Steve is a best friend to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. We have been on many road trips and car shows together. He will be missed greatly. Thanks for all the great memories. God bless you and your family.
May 18, 2019
I'm so sorry, mike, on the loss of your son.
May 17, 2019
I had known Steve professionally in the planning realm. He was always very funny and pleasant to work with. He will be very missed. So sorry to hear about his passing. My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time.
May 17, 2019
My condolences to Steve's Family. I will miss Steve so much, he was kind, silly, genuine, and a true friend. He had a big heart and loved bringing people together, and especially loved taking new professionals under his wing and showing them the ropes. He knew everyone "personally" and always saw the best in all of us. I think of his silly sayings and it makes me smile... "Thank you for thanking me." He will be greatly missed.
May 16, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 16, 2019
Steve and I were friends since we were children. He was the biggest gearhead I've ever known. We made each other laugh throughout the years. I miss him dearly. Until we meet again my brother.
May 15, 2019
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his Dad and family.

After reading all of the entries I can't add anything here that hasn't already been said, but, I do have a story...

On a road trip to Connecticut to pick up a 62 Rambler American, that Steve needed, I remember him telling me a story that I never forgot, and still tell.

Steve had these boots that were worn through and ready for the scrap heap, but, he liked them. He grew tired of hearing that he needed to get a new set, so, he asked his Dad to take them to a shoe repair shop to be fixed (Remember, Steve liked these boots). Steve's Dad returned home and told Steve that the Cobbler had said nothing could be done to repair the boots, they were too far gone. Steve asked his Dad to return to the Cobbler and asked him to just fix them, it doesn't matter how, just fix them. Steve's Dad did as he was asked but returned again with the boots and said the Cobbler was absolutely certain that nothing could be done. Steve, undeterred, asked his Dad to insist that the guy fix his boots since some kind of repair must be possible. This time the cobbler reluctantly gave in, making no promises.

When the boots were finally returned, there were two over-sized flaps of leather roughly attached to the bottom with dried rubber cement squeezing out of the sides. Steve just looked at them and said, This is Exactly what I wanted. Then, he pulled out that wallet of his (hanging together by threads) and asked his Dad to go back to the Cobbler to ask if he could fix that too.

I miss and love you buddy. You were a great friend and teacher.
May 15, 2019
Steve was a colleague, mentor and friend. He had a great sense of humor! I am so grateful to have known him, and will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family.
May 15, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Steve during his first stint at Will County and have many fond memories that we would talk about in the following years. He had many different interests and could get people to laugh. While I did not see or talk to Steve on a regular basis, he will be missed.

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