Stephen Cusenza
1954 - 2021
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Stephen Cusenza
June 3, 1954 - January 2, 2021
Stephen Salvatore Cusenza passed away on January 2, 2021 in Walnut Creek, CA, surrounded by his loving family.

Steve was born in Visalia, California on June 3,1954 to Jasper and Evelyn Cusenza. He attended George McCann Elementary and Mt. Whitney High School. As a young man growing up in Visalia, Steve spent endless hours working in his father's hardware store while enjoying his free time with friends hiking in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Steve lived in Visalia until his college years where he attended Santa Clara University and studied Civil Engineering. At Santa Clara, Steve met LeeLee Daschbach, his wife of 42 years.

Following Santa Clara, Steve's career in Civil Engineering focused on the planning and design of public utilities for the cities of Santa Cruz, Taft, and ultimately Pleasanton where he spent 21 years with the City of Pleasanton Public Works Department.

Throughout his life, Steve found joy and freedom traveling the world with his family and many friends. He often played the role of tour guide, where he created countless memories for those traveling along with him. His recently acquired dual Italian citizenship often brought him and LeeLee to Sicily where he reunited with his Italian roots.

Along with travel, a constant throughout Steve's life were his friends. His kind smile, genuine approach, and jovial demeanor warmed the hearts of those he met. From Visalia to Pleasanton and everywhere in between, he treated his friends as his own family.

In every role he played within his family, he was beloved. As a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, son-in-law, and brother-in-law, his family often leaned on him for guidance, friendship and love. In expressing love, Steve was known to communicate through his service to others. For friends and family, he could often be found helping them solve their problems, checking in at times of need, and even playing the role of "Mr. Fix-It" for various house projects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Evelyn, and is survived by his wife LeeLee and their three children, Siena, Michael, and Marisa along with his daughter and son in-law, Shane Salvata and Tyler Johnston. Steve's grandchildren, Hailey, Jasper, Sebastian, Cleo and Ayla will forever remember Steve as their "Popo", especially Hailey who Steve was helping raise in his own home with Siena and LeeLee. Steve is also survived by his brother Joe Cusenza, and sisters Jane Creech and Mary Ann Cusenza, along with brother-in-law Randy Creech and many admiring Cusenza, Creech, and Daschbach in-laws, nieces and nephews.

To know Steve, was to love Steve, and he will be remembered by his glowing smile, humble nature, giving heart, quick wit, and easy laughter. He was a favorite of many and loved by all. Although he left us too soon, the impact of his love and friendship will live on through his family and friends forever.

A funeral will be held to honor Steve on January 16th at 10:30 at Nativity Catholic Church in Menlo Park, California. Due to capacity restrictions of the pandemic, the funeral will be viewable virtually. Please contact his family for details.

We love you Popo.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
The Earth was a happier place with you here Steve ~ Your Heart was so kind & compassionate ~ May you love & protect those of us who had the blessing of ever knowing you ❤ ~ Say hello to my mother who thought the world of you ~ Until we meet on heavens bright shore ~ Love Joanie
Joan Hastings
January 17, 2021
Stevie was a wonderful individual. You will be missed. You were also an incredible teammate on the Knicks for many epic basketball games at Steve Strong's house along with Chris Audino. Stevie was the Hammer! Thanks for many memories.
Bob Sisler
January 16, 2021
A good Man! Truly in every way.
He will be missed by all !
Brings back SCU days.
My Prayers & good intentions for the Entire family,
Respectfully, John R McNulty, ‘77
John R McNulty
January 16, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. As Fire Chief in Pleasanton, I got to know Steve very well; he was always a pleasure to work with. I know he will be missed by not only his family, but by his many friends, and I consider myself one of them. Rest In Peace, My Friend. George and Carol Withers
George Withers
January 13, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago during early coffee time at Fistoleras office. He was a genuine nice guy that I enjoyed having conversations with . My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.
Gene and Tracy Ferrero
January 12, 2021
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January 12, 2021
Mike and Shane,
I’ve just read about Steve’s life. He sounds like an all around great guy, like my dad. I’m sure he was a wonderful father and grandfather to Jasper and Chloe.
My loving thoughts are with you and your family.
Jana Machin
January 12, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about Steve. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent in the Cusenza home and Steve was a big part of them. I remember his kind and caring ways back then and it sounds like he carried those throughout his life. Much love and prayers for all of you. May God comfort you in your loss.
Kae (Knight) Putnam
January 11, 2021
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Jill Duerig
January 10, 2021
Blessings to the Family! So many smiles to remember at games, Church and early AM workouts.
Greg Thome
January 10, 2021
Dad, we love you beyond words. You have left us all heartbroken but have also guided us in how to handle the worst moments with the best attitude. We miss you so much
Marisa Cusenza Johnston
January 9, 2021
Dad, we love you beyond words. You have left us all heartbroken but have also guided us in how to handle the worst moments with the best attitude. We miss you so much
Marisa Johnston
January 9, 2021
Steve was one of the most genuine, gentle souls I have ever met. Spending time with Steve and Lee Lee was always such an extraordinary pleasure. I wish those times had been more frequent.

My sincere condolences.

Michael Riordan
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