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Stephen Gary Zabek III, "SWEET 16" beloved son of Stephen II and Tammy Zabek and Brother of Zackary died in a hiking accident October 11th on the Mogollion Rim. He was a young man who let his love for Jesus and his upbringing guide his life to be respectful to adults, always willing to help and friend to all. He had a commanding presence and loved people. He changed the mood and temperament of those he touched and had a multitude of friends. Visitation Wed. Oct. 15th from 5:00-8:00pm at Best Funeral Services, 501 E. Dunlap Ave., Phx. Services will be Oct. 16th at 10:00am at Desert Christian Fellowship Church, 1445 W. Northern Ave., Phx.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 15, 2003.
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October 9, 2020
Tammy (Moo), Steve-O, Zachary & friends of Stephen: As the day we will all be reunited with Stephen & our Lord Jesus draws near, I am forever thankful! What a glorious day that will be! Love is sent to the Zabek family every nite as I say my prayers & especially on the anniversary of your going home, Stephen! Til next, hugs & kisses to you all!
Debbie Motto
October 9, 2019
Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you this week. My heart goes out to you and know that I'm sending you (((Hugs))) and prayers!!!
Dona Keeler
October 9, 2019
October we remember as the month the world lost a very special, Godly friend to the world...those who had the extreme good fortune of having known wonderful you! Tell Jesus to get us ready, soften our hearts to accept Him totally so we can be together again SOON! We long for unity with those we love so much like YOU!
Debbie Motto
March 10, 2019
It has just been to many years that our kids have been gone and yet it seems like yesterday. I know to well how much you miss your baby boy. They will always be our babies. People may have said they weren't babies but they were our babies and always will be. Know that I'm am thinking of you and love you very much. {{{HUGS}}}
Dona Keeler
March 9, 2019
I was thinking about you today. I just wanted to let you know i think of you quite often especially since we share the same birthday. Me my mom and dad had lunch with your mom dad and brother at abacus inn (chinese food) and it brought back alot of memories. You ran through my mind that day and today you popped in my head. Just want to say i love you man and i know each day you are celebrating life with god. You are and always will be a true angel. We all will see each other again and until that day, keep shining.
clinton choate
October 16, 2016
Stephen's Mom
October 16, 2016
Stephen's dad and Caleb
Stephen's Mom
October 16, 2016
Stephen's mom :-(
October 16, 2016
Stephen's Mom
October 16, 2016
Stephen's Mom
October 13, 2016
Dear Stephen thinking about you and sending you lots of love!!! How I miss the opportunity should I have met you in person but I will meet you one day in Heaven Gladis Alcorta
Jason's mom
Gladis ( jason's Mom ) Alcorta
October 12, 2016
Remembering what a wonderful testimony you were to so many people of the love of God, Stephen. Each day brings us one day closer to being together again with each other & Jesus/God. Oh how we long for that day!! <3
Debbie Motto
October 11, 2016
Thinking of you and your family as yet another anniversary of your passing is here. Much love to all of you and all our kids who left us way too soon.
Erik's mom
September 18, 2016
Just thinking of you up there in Heaven with the rest our kids! Much love to your mom!
Dona Keeler
July 11, 2016
You touched our family last night at the rim site. We will never forget meeting you and hearing a little bit of what you experienced and.your tragic loss. Thank you for sharing with us. As one who loves views like that and.often.bringmy own children to such places, I was our fragility as well as the ignorance I have at times of the power of the wild and the wind. Perhaps your sharing saves another and in the sharing is some redemption.
Marcia Karasek
March 5, 2016
Happy Birthday in Heaven Stephen (((( HUGS))))Much love to your Mom. Love you Tammy
Dona Keeler
March 3, 2016
Happy Heavenly Birthday dear Stephen. It's so hard to believe our boys have been gone for so long. Love to the Zabek Family.

Erik's Mom
Debbie Klippel
Debbie Klippel
October 12, 2015
my love Stephen....
ewelina malec
October 11, 2015
Thinking of Stephen and his family on another hard anniversary of his passing. Sending love on this hard day. Love you dear sister Tammy. Love Erik's Mom
Debbie Klippel
October 11, 2015
Doesn't seem possible our boys have been together for 12 years. Sending lots of love and hugs today and everyday. Love you.
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
August 21, 2015
I'm so truly sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.
Dan Kridler
March 3, 2015
Happy Birthday in heaven Stephen. Your family is very special to us. Love Erik's mom
March 3, 2015
Happy Birthday in Heaven Stephen. May your family find peace and hope today in their hearts. Love you all.
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
March 1, 2015
Dear Stephen I can not believe how long it has been since you were in your families' physical presence. I know you are dearly missed and loved by your family. I miss you Stephen even though I never got to meet you here on earth but I know I will meet you in Heaven one day and when I do I will hold you in my arms. Love you <3
Gladis (Jason's Mom) Alcorta
February 24, 2015
Hello my lovely cousin. Last days I thought about you cause I read about Arizone. Hope you still has smile to us in Earth and led us to be good people. Hope you also protect your family and especially Zackary whcih I love as you and Tammy and Stephen your Dad
October 11, 2014
Hard to believe it has been 11 years that our boys have been gone. Much love to your family today especially. They are very special people. Love, Erik's mom.
Debbie Klippel
October 11, 2014
Thinking of all today. Love you Stephen, Comfort to your family today and everyday. You are with all of our boys and one day we will be together too. Sending much love to your family today and everyday. Love you Tammy.
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
August 17, 2014
Thinking of you and your family Stephen. It's been awhile since I last typed a message here. I was watching a documentary filmed at the Mogollon Rim, and it sparked my memory...Blessings to you sweet boy.
Kelaiah (formerly Barb) Smalley
March 4, 2014
My dearest Stephen...You are the wonderful hearth there in Heaven....I feel that you are happiness there and alwyas protecting everybody from I wish you all the best in birthday in heaven from our family in Polans
March 3, 2014

May the memories of your birthdays from the past be remembered with smiles, joy and laughter. Much love to your family on this day. I know they love and miss you so much. Love ya Ms.Tammy
Dona Keeler
March 3, 2014
Happy Birthday in Heaven Stephen. Bring comfort to your mom on this day. Love Always.
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
March 2, 2014
Our precious Stephen you are loved and always remembered - I pray you and Jason are buddies in Heaven and keep an eye on your mom and myself. Love you Stephen <3 <3
Gladis (Jason's Mom ) Alcorta
November 15, 2013
So sorry for the loss of your son.. My heart is broken for you.
Mike U
October 16, 2013
Dear Stephen - soon will be here special day when in our memory is this person from family who is in Heaven now so one candle will be for you and we also give special asking for Mass for your soul...
October 14, 2013
In Memory of Stephen and much love to his parents. xoxo
Dona Keeler
October 12, 2013
Sending thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Motto
October 11, 2013
To a handsome and kind young man- You will never be forgotten!! Love you Stephen
Gladis ( Jason's Mom) Alcorta
October 11, 2013
Sending love and prayers for peace today. (((hugs)))
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
October 11, 2013
Hello....yesterday I think about Stephen are always in my mind....last time when I hear this music I think about you:

I'm the happiness woman because I meet your and also my family ...and it was because of you...
ewelina Malec
May 16, 2013
:) you liked it as I good remember from send you this to Heaven
May 14, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss,he looked like such a nice young man. May God Heal your Heart Thank you for taking the time to put my Father,Henry Chambers,death announcement on Find-a-grave. God Bless you always,Evelyn
Evelyn (Chambers) Morrison
March 6, 2013
A special Heavenly Birthday wish, Stephen. As time goes by, my love for you will remain in my heart.
Aunt Joan
March 3, 2013
Happy Birthday in heaven. Your family and friends miss you so much. Say hello to Erik for me.
Debbie-Eriks Mom
March 3, 2013
Happy birthday Stephen you are loved by many people around the country. Love you Zabek family.
Gladis ( Jason"s mom) Alcorta
March 3, 2013
Happy Birthday in Heaven Stephen. Sending lots of love to you and your family.
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
March 2, 2013
Always loved and never forgotten... Miss your sweet smile!
March 2, 2013
Stephen....I wish you all the best on your birthday tomorrow in was gift for your parents and brother....
ewela malec
January 30, 2013
We miss you very much Stephen. You were such a cute and good kid. I hope you are happy in heaven.
Colleen Ball
January 1, 2013
God bless you
October 11, 2012
Stephen you are loved and will never be forgotten. Sending you lots of love handsome boy!!
Gladis (Jason's Mom) Alcorta
October 11, 2012
Thinking of Stephen and all of your family today especially. The time continues to tick and our bond is for life. Love you.
Debbie-Erik's mom
Debbie Klippel
October 11, 2012
Thinking of you today Tammy. Can't believe it's been 9 yrs. Sending all my love today and always.
Cilline Patrick's mom
October 10, 2012
Oct. 11 1012 We thought of you with love today. We thought about you yesterday and the days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. All we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is are keepsake with which will never part. God has you in his keeping. We have you in are hearts. Love Joan thompson and family.
Joan Thompson
October 10, 2012
Another year and still we wait for the joining of families and loved ones. How we long for the day! Jesus is the One who has made it even possible for that to happen; for that reason we must love Him more than our own children. Seems sacrilegious to even type that out! But its true...Love Jesus first, always...I'm still working on that one even though I know it to be true. Why is it our hearts won't line up with what we know we must do? Makes us as stubborn as the Israelite that had to die in the desert rather than enter the Promised Land. Lord, help all us mothers to love You first...always! Eternity without our loved ones would be hell. Thank you Jesus, for making it possible to live for eternity with You AND our loved ones! Looking forward to seeing you, Stephen! :o) God bless your family every day! XXOO
Debbie Motto
October 9, 2012
I am with you in this day to think about Stephen....and his beautiful smile...I had hope to make something special to You for this day but unfortunately it isn;t posible now...of course I make something special soon:)
ewelina and ewa and asia
October 6, 2012
Joe E Fitzgerald's Sister,"Rosie"
June 2, 2012
Stephen..... love you
March 6, 2012
Hey Stephen! I may not have written anything here in your guestbook on the 3rd but I was thinking of you from the moment I switched my calendar over from February to March cuz your birthday is always marked there to remind me! I'm just slow in getting my thoughts to you and your family here. Seems way too long ago since we were blessed with your beautiful smile and heart but you have certainly not left ours! :) We think of you with such fond memories and miss you ever so greatly! Chadley is off to Thailand 3 weeks from today and I can only imagine how you might have liked to join him on this trip...if you weren't all tied down with wife and kids by now! So many "maybe's" and "if-onlys"! When we see Jesus coming to get us, one of the first people we long to see in heaven will be YOU! Love you!
Debbie M
March 4, 2012
Happy Birthday Stephen. BIG HUGS TO YOUR FAMILY!
Dona Keeler
March 4, 2012
You're wondering if I'll celebrate
My birthday (way up here)
I know you're missing me today
I feel your essence near.

God planned a special day for me
He told me with a wink
He'd ordered me a special cake
(It's Angel food, I think)

I'm getting lots of hugs from God
He's really good at that
And every time that I walk by
He gives my head a pat

Balloons will fill the streets for me
They float up through the clouds
And we have lots of clowns up here
That make us laugh out loud

There is a birthday carousel
Jeweled horses ride the wind
With music playing oh so sweet…
The magic never ends

I've made so many friends, you see
We laugh and play and sing
We ride our bikes and play jump rope
And sleep in Angel's wings

We'll have our cake and ice cream
And open gifts, surprise!
But we don't blow out our candles here
Instead, they light the skies
March 4, 2012
Happy Birthday Stephen. Love sent to you and your family. Love Always.......(((hugs)))
Ciline (Patrick's mom)
March 4, 2012
we thinking about you Stephen AND YOUR FAMILY....and wish you all the best in Heaven...I pray for you on today's Mass
ewa, joanna and ewelina
March 4, 2012
In life I loved you dearly;
In death I love you still;
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one else can fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone,
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.
March 4, 2012
Thinking of you and the family and wishing your precious Stephen a happy birthday in Heaven . We love you!!!
Gladis Alcorta
March 3, 2012
Thinking of you on this day of your Earthly Birthday. Love, Aunt Barbara
Barbara Andrews
March 3, 2012
Happy birthday in heaven dear Stephen. Missing you and all our kids who left us too soon. Sending lots of love to your family. Love Eriks mom
Debbie Klippel
October 17, 2011
Sending all my love!
Dona Keeler
October 16, 2011
To Stephen's family,

We don't know eachother but for some reason I was led to this site. I don't know
if it is just a coincidence that my birthday is October 10th. I just want you to know that my heart is heavy with the weight of the pain you feel. You will all be together again when your job down here on earth is done. Stephen, please comfort your family and make their days go by easier until they see you again. Amen
October 12, 2011
My heart aches for you and I know your grief will never pass you are in my prayers and thoughts often. I love You so much and I did not know you then but what I know now is that you were and are an awsome mom. I love You Forever your friend.
Kristina Hoard
October 11, 2011
My precious sister know that I love you and walk right beside you on this journey of grief. I am keeping the Zabek family in my thoughts and prayers plus sending out much love. Love you and the family!!!
Gladis(Jason's Mom) Alcorta
October 11, 2011
My heart breaks for you today on the 8th anniversary of losing your precious son. These dates don't seem to get any easier just more heartbreaking as time goes on and we live without our sons. I thank God that you are now my sister and we walk this road together. Love to you and your family Tammy.
Eriks Mom.
Debbie Klippel
October 11, 2011
Thinking of you on this day that forever changed. I know our boys are together and brought us together. My love and prayers are sent your way. May you find peace and know we love you.
Ciline (Patrick's Mom)
October 10, 2011
To our devoted loved one, Stephen, who we miss so dearly. Thanks and praise to our Lord for the promise of everlasting life. And special remembrance of the family on the up coming memorial of the death of their son and brother.Love and prayers always. Aunt Sandra and Lawton Aunt Joanie and L.C.
October 10, 2011
I sometimes still feel you standing beside me with your hand on my shoulder just like you are still Stephish Pup...I miss you so much...I can still feel my hands holding you so tightly as I was hugging and kissing your I didn't want to let you go...or did I was the last time I would ever see or feel the sense of your touch again...while you were still alive?...why didn't I listen to the Holy Spirt...God forgive me
Stephen's mom:-(
October 10, 2011
mój drogi kuzynie bardzo Cie kocham....:) nawet jesli nigdy nie spotkalismy my tears is for you...not because I'm sad but because I'm happy knowing that you are near us today.....always be with your beautiful mum , brave father and lovely brother....
ewelina with mum and joanna
October 9, 2011
Simply put.... I miss you! My love is sent to you and your family.
Deanna Strothkamp
October 3, 2011
Thinking of you & your family today Stephen. You are thought of & missed. :'(
Barb Smalley
October 2, 2011
Love never dies and you are loved and remembered with great expectation of our joyous reunion! Kisses & hugs to your family, dear Stephen
Debbie Motto
October 1, 2011
If Death is Kind

Perhaps if death is kind, and there can be returning,
We will come back to earth some fragrant night,
And take these lanes to find the sea, and bending
Breathe the same honeysuckle, low and white.

We will come down at night to these resounding beaches
And the long gentle thunder of the sea,
Here for a single hour in the wide starlight
We shall be happy, for the dead are free.
September 15, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Rose Gentile Julian
July 10, 2011
we don;t lost you you are in heaven before us to prepare place to us with angels...
July 8, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with his loving family. (Butterfly)
June 9, 2011
This candle is for you, Stephen. Your light will never go out.
Clara Collins
June 8, 2011
good night Stephen .....pray for YOU and your family...
ewela malec
April 18, 2011
hello ....last time is so fast...I even haven't time to sleep...but I don;t know why last time I thought many times about you -Stephen...I don;t know waht is this link between us even we didn;t see each other...hope you protect your all BIG family so me too:) kisses to Heaven for you
March 7, 2011
Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you!
Dona Keeler
March 4, 2011
I couldn't write at 3th....because I thought what I should write....but now I know....I'm not dying at all, what iis inside me is for ever" my soul live forever....and this soul is with this all who live still in Earth....
Stephen - you could be today in Earth and joke with your parents and brother....maybe you could laughing that I can' t understand you by skype like your brother had happiness because of this....but you are in Heaven and you do it too:) you hugs your mum on her chick, you go together with your father and talk as a men, you play with your brother in yours favourite game.....only we don't see you....wecan feel are with us....and waiting for us....happy birthday....birthday for Earth and birthday for Heaven
March 3, 2011
Today was a very special day because you entered this world and blessed your family and friends just by being you! Happy Birthday in heaven. You are truly missed! With love, Sallie
Sallie Jarboe
March 3, 2011
Dearest Stephen, I haven't forgotten you today. You have been on my mind. Well, not just you, but your family as well. When life gets too hectic for me, I sometimes wish I could be where you are, beecause I have struggled with depression my whole life, but I know we all will someday. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday, and that your family finds enough comfort to get through today. Adam is visiting us, he is here a lot. I'm sure he thinks about you but that it's just hard for him to talk about missing you because of how wonderful you are. Anyway, Happy 24th Birthday to one of the sweetest young men I know! Love, Barb
Barb Smalley
March 3, 2011
Happy Birthday in Heaven dear Stephen. Your family misses you so. Your family is very dear to us. Say hello to our boys.
Eriks Mom
March 3, 2011
Happy Birthday in Heaven Stephen. God Bless your family and bring comfort today and always. Love you all
Patrick's Mom
February 27, 2011
hello...It's near time to remember Stephen so I write to say you that we are with you all our think...I'm just still ill so I can write you more...
January 17, 2011
Just went thru all the pictures you have here....Beautiful, sad, looking forward heaven with you! Love always, Debbie San Antonio TX
January 14, 2011 I thought about you ....because tomorrow I will go to next funeral....through 11 months I had to say goodbye my lovely father, and two lovely are with them....hugs for you all
January 9, 2011
this is from my mum;)
January 9, 2011
Stephen....still me.....I miss you really really really....even don't know you.....hope you pray for your family there and meet your uncle Boleslaw.... sy him hello from us....please take care of your family too:)
January 9, 2011
this is light to send you to Heaven
January 9, 2011
always when I see the smile on your face and your beautiful eyes....I know that you are in Heaven but your smile and this eyes stay here on every person who you knew and in your parents eyes and hearths...and with your brothers thanks them I know you you....
ewelina malec
January 8, 2011
I have your picture rite next to my door along with your whole family so I see you every day! :) Love you all. Debbie M. Texas
Debbie Motto
January 5, 2011
Miss you brother, I can’t believe that it’s been seven years, since the last time I saw you. I pray that Jesus comes again soon, so that we can be together again in heaven.

Love and miss you,

Zackary Zabek
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