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SCHNELLENBERGER, STEPHEN, 48, of Ocean Ridge, FL, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 9, 2008. He is the oldest son of Beverlee and Howard Schnellenberger (Head Football Coach at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.) Stephen suffered from one of the rarest known diseases of the endocrine glands, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia IIb (MENIIb), which required numerous surgeries over the years. On Jan. 4, 1984, the day after his father's Orange Bowl victory that gave the University of Miami its first- ever national collegiate football championship, Stephen began six weeks of daily radiation therapy to combat small tumors that were discovered in the right side of his neck. Remarkably, he rebounded time and again to the point of being able to make 20-mile bike tours, lift weights, and play tennis and golf along with pursuing his career in the business world. He organized a major pro/am tennis event in April, 1984, to raise money for cancer patients. The "Miracle of Miami Match" raised more than $50,000. Stephen conducted several other events to help enhance the lives of cancer patients, generating more than $130,000 for such causes as Camp F.I.R.E., the first Florida camp for kids with cancer. Although Stephen needed frequent medical care throughout his life, he lived normally until an operation to remove a tumor and his colon, after which he later went into a coma and suffered a severe brain injury. Over the last five years Stephen has endured a great deal of therapy and rehabilitation. Coach Schnellenberger stated in an interview, "He's tougher than any football player I ever had. He's tougher than I am." Stephen could often be seen on the sidelines at FAU football games in his wheelchair. His mother, Beverlee, constantly reminded him that he was his parents' hero and that there were no football players as strong as Stephen Schnellenberger. Stephen was born January 27, 1960 in Lexington, KY, and spent his childhood in Alabama, California and Miami, while his father worked on the football staffs of the University of Alabama, the Los Angeles Rams and the Miami Dolphins. He graduated from Pace High School in Miami, Florida and attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Stephen transferred to and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business. He went on to work for The Flyer Publishing Co., then worked for Mass Mutual and later in real estate, insurance and computer sales. Stephen is survived by his brothers Stuart Schnellenberger of Pembroke Pines, FL, and his wife Suzie, and their children, sons Stuart Joseph Schnellenberger, Marcus Howard Schnellenberger, and daughter Teather Ann Covalt and her husband Killan of Weston FL; Stephen's youngest brother, Timothy Schnellenberger of Delray Beach, FL owner of the very successful "The Schnellenberger Properties". A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, March 14, 2008 from 5:00-9:00 pm at the Kraeer Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11:00am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 370 SW 3rd Street, Boca Raton, FL. A private reception will follow the mass at Florida Atlantic University in the Tom Oxley Athletic Center - 2nd Floor Founders Room, 777 Glades Road Boca Raton, Florida. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. ®M DBO¯KRAEER FUNERAL HOME 1353 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, Florida 33432 (561) 395-1800 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to

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Published in the Miami Herald on Mar. 12, 2008.
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June 13, 2020
I met Steve in the early 80's and we dated for a short time. He was kind, understanding, a gentleman, strong, and very smart. Very sad to have lost touch with him, and find that he has passed.
Elizabeth J Wilson
March 31, 2008
To the Schnellenberger Family,
I value the opportunity I've had to know you all, and Stephen especially, both personally and professionally. Cheryl and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Simon Mirsky
March 25, 2008
March 25, 2008
March 18, 2008
Our hearts go out to all of you in this difficult time. Stephen was an inspiration to all of us and will never be forgotten.
Darryl, Lara, Megan, Joshua, & Molly Schnellenberger
March 18, 2008
Howard, Beverlee and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We understand how difficult Stephen's fight has been and admire his strength and courage. May his memory give you peace in the years to come.
Jim and Betty Schnellenberger
March 17, 2008
Your son will be remembered as a champion for life. God Bless.
Paul Metcalf
March 16, 2008
Howard, Beverlee, Stu & Tim:
My heartfelt condolances to all of you. I remember all the fun my brothers and myself had with Steve, Stu and even Tim there on Loch Ness Drive. Steve was always just one of he guys, never complaining about everything he'd been through. Even showing off his neck scar. He will be surely missed by every one whos' life he touched.
Jorge Yong
March 16, 2008
Howard, Beverlee & Family,
Stephen was a MassMutual friend and colleague of mine and we worked together on the "annual" Orlando trips - I had the utmost admiration and respect for him - a wonderful person.
My deepest condolences to you,
Pat Scheff
March 16, 2008
Ginnie and I send our condolences and love to you and your family. I remember so well your friendship and the wonderful times we had when you were at UM.
Bill Butler
March 16, 2008
I remember Stephen warmly from our days at Pace High School, Miami Lakes and Lake of the Lakes Catholic Church. Stephen was a kind, bright, funny person who loved golf. He brought a light to every room he was in. My condolences to the Schnellenberger family. The entire Corcoran family offers their prayers for your family. Eileen Corcoran. Class of 1978.
Eileen Corcoran
March 15, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Schnellenberger,
We are touched deeply for the loss of your son. We have only recently known of him. Reading of his life we were moved to see what he was faced with from and early age, what he lived for and what he accomplished. Our prayers are with your family.
John and Laurel Perruccio
March 14, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The Anzalone Family
March 14, 2008
Our deepest sympathy in this time of sadness and loss. Know that there are many who are thinking of you and praying for you.
Gerald and Lyn Hurst
March 14, 2008
Howard and Beverlee,our prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.
Bob and Shirley Rollins
March 14, 2008
Coach and Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you for you loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Kos Donev
March 13, 2008
Our deepest sympathy to the Schnellenberger family from the Hodde family
Mike Hodde
March 13, 2008
Dear Schnellenberger Family,
I was so sorry to read of Stephen's passing. I remember him at my days at The U of Miami what a nice friend. I'm sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Susan Corrigan
Susan Corrigan
March 13, 2008
Dear Coach and Family
My heart goes out to you during this sad time. After reading about Stephen you have much to be proud about.
Joseph Nehama
March 13, 2008
The loss of Stephen is a great loss to Howard & Beverly, and I feel you pain. Stephen was only a young lad in your Louisville years Howard, and my son was just being born in 1968 and still lives in Louisville.

May Stephen be in your hearts forever, as his parents now with such a heavy loss.

You Howard and I and Paulie Miller (deceased) were family, and remember you remain a God Blessed family.
John P Sullivan
March 13, 2008
I remember Stephen as a wonderful young man. When he came to see me we had conversations about his hopes and dreams and he had the strength to make a lot of them come true. You can be so proud of Stephen. My prayers are with your family.
Mary Ann Antoinette
March 13, 2008
Coach and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Mark "Shep" Shepherd
March 12, 2008
Dear Schnellenberger Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all at this time. Your love, courage, and strength over the years is to be honored. May God Bless you and comfort you.
Mary Beth and Jerry Deredita
March 12, 2008
Dear Howard and Beverlee: Joanne, Jaret and I grieve with you on your loss. Our prayers are with you always. Barry
Barry Epstein
March 12, 2008
Dear Beverlee and Howard, Frank and I send our deepest sympathy at the loss of Stephen. The Schnellenberger family are in our prayers. Nancy & Frank Kapfhammer
Frank & Nancy Kapfhammer
March 12, 2008
With my deepest sympathy Coach to you and your Family. Your Son's courage was remarkable.
Romayne Berry
March 12, 2008
To the Schnellenberger family,

I was lucky to know Stephen while he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity while he attended the Univ of Fl. He always had a great attitude and was fun to be around.

I was truly saddened to open up the paper and learn of his passing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steven Shourds and Family
March 12, 2008
Dearest Schnellenbergers,
My heartfelt sympathy to you all, however as you know Stephen was not the type for sympathy as he always looked for the positive in everthing and everyone. As his roomate in college at the Univ. of Florida I am proud to have know your excellent son. I am also proud to have worked with him on the "Miracle Match" we did together in 1984 (can't believe that was my first of now over 300 live and televised events!). MY sons Benji and Truman had the great experience of meeting Stephen in the hospital a few years ago and have never stopped asking about him as he truly made an impression with them with his NEVER SAY DIE and POSITIVE attitude. God bless you Stephen, rest safely my friend with god.You are in good hands Im sure.My mother and father who live in Miami will try to attend the memorial service on behalf of the Krieff family.No matter you will always be in our hearts.
Love your old gator bud, David Krieff and the California Krieff's
David Krieff
March 12, 2008
Howard and Beverlee,
So sorry for your great loss. I am sure time will ease the pain and the pleasant memories will bring you much joy.
Betty (Mrs. Roger) Harrington
March 12, 2008

Your friends at James A. Cummings, Inc. send our love and best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.
Nicole Flier
March 12, 2008
We extend our sympathy to the Schnellenberger family at this sad time.
Bill and Elfriede Lynch
March 12, 2008
Beverlee-Howard-Stuart-Tim & Family

Having known Stephen from birth we mourn your loss--Yes he was a beacon of lite--

Our prayers are with you--

Anne/Bob Holt & Family
Temecula. Ca.
Bob Holt
March 12, 2008

My thoughts are with you and your family as you work through the coming days of challenge with the loss of your son.

David Jr.
David DeMuth
March 12, 2008
Dear Howard and Beverlee,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. It is a comfort to know Stephen is with God and at peace.

Blessings, Kim & Mark Siekmann
The Siekmann's
March 12, 2008
Dear Howard, Beverlee, Tim and Stu,

We are so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. He was such a fighter! Be consoled by the fact that he is at peace. We are thinking of you...and sending all our love.
Kim and Simon xx
Kim Lavoie
March 12, 2008
Dear Coach and Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you journey through this difficult time. Stephen will be remembered for his strength and outlook.
Michelle Mattingly
March 12, 2008
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you during the most heartbreaking of times.

All our love to you and the family,

Leslie Terry & Stephanie Tine
Leslie Terry
March 12, 2008
Coach and family -
My deepest sympathy extended to you and your family.
Bobbi Rice (FAU Ombudsman, retired)
Bobbi Rice
March 12, 2008
Dear Beverlee and Howard we are deeply saddened by your loss. We have kept up with Stephen through Don Craig and our prayers ar with you and your family at this sad time although there are many beautiful memories and that will live on.
Louise Craig Tino
March 12, 2008
Hello Beverlee and Howard!
I am so glad I got to meet Stephen when Brother Tom was here in Feb. It was absolutely wonderful to see the love you guys have for Stephen.
From joining in to sing the "Happy Birthday" song to looking at all the love in your eyes for Stephen... just really made it a great day for Tom and Me.
May God bless you and Stephen!
David,Sharon & Kaelin DeMuth
March 12, 2008
Dearest Beverlee & Coach,
I can not sufficiently express how my heart aches for you all. The care & support you gave Stephen, his entire life, is a testament to the strength of your deep and abiding love for your children.
Though the years have been many, since I held your hands or was able to reach out in embrace, please know your family has never been far from my heart - and there I hold you still.
Mary Meredith Monheimer
March 12, 2008
Deepest expressions of sympathy and prayers go out from Cardinal Nation...Bev and Howard our thoughts are with you...
Tim Taylor
March 12, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Schnellenberger, Stuart, and Tim,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. We too lost our beloved Paul (Cherry) in October. May God give you comfort. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Linda Cherry- Romaniello (Pace '79), Carolann Cherry, Cynthia Cherry-Nielsen (Pace '78)
Linda Cherry-Romaniello
March 12, 2008
Coach and Beverlee:

My deepest sympathy on your loss.
I remember Stephen very fondly from our wonderful years together at the University of Miami.
Pat ( Mrs. Harold ) Allen
March 11, 2008
Dear Coach and Beverlee,
Fred and I send our deepest condolences. Stephen was a beacon of light for us all.
Love Nanci and Fred
Nanci and Fred Stone
March 11, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathy, I have followed your career and Stephen's illness through my son Albert Wadsworth. Your family will be in my prayers,and I will have a Mass said for Stephen,
Mary Catherine Wadsworth
March 11, 2008
I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Larry Greenbaum BA '81
March 11, 2008
Coach & Family,

Susan and I are deeply saddened at the loss of Stephen. We will keep the
Schnellenberger Family in our prayers.
Randy and Susan Talbot
March 11, 2008
I feel that I am very lucky to have met Steve and be a part of his life as well of many of the other Schnellenberger family members. They know the tremnedous respect I have for them all. My heart is with you at this time and I would do anything to help you.
Richard Staller
March 11, 2008
We are so sorry to hear about your great loss. May you be forever reminded of Stephen's love. He will be greatly missed.
With love from Helene and the late Doug Donnelly and family.
Helene Donnelly
March 11, 2008
Dear Beverlee and Howard and family:

Stephen gave it all he had...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time. As we mourn Stephen, we can remind ourselves what cancer cannot do; it cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter faith, it cannot corrode hope, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot kill friendship, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot silence courage, it cannot invade the soul, it cannot steal eternal life, it cannot conquer the spirit...Gary Wehrwein, D. Min, NH. Sincerely, Mary Anne and Patrick Fenelon and family.
Mary Anne & Patrick Fenelon
March 11, 2008
Aunt Bev, Uncle Howard, Stuart, Tim and family: My heart is saddened with so much sorrow. Stephen will be forever cherished and his heart bound to yours eternally. Your strengths combined has enabled him to achieve his successes regardless of his numerous obstacles. As Dad would say, "Stephen is a champion." Stephen will live forever and will be greatly missed.
Susan xoxo
Susan Donnelly
March 11, 2008
My thoughts are with you. I am very sorry for your loss.

Karen Hooks
Karen Hooks
March 11, 2008
Dear Uncle Howard & Aunt Beverlee;

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Now Stephen will join Dad (Doug Donnelly), and Grandmother Sally, in Heaven.

Much Love & Peace to all;
Sharon Donnelly
March 11, 2008
May the love of God surround all of the family during this time of sorrow. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Shirley Ritchie
March 11, 2008
Dear Coach and Beverlee,

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time.

Lots of Love,
Briana Varhalamas
March 11, 2008
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.We will miss him.Sorry for your loss.
Boca Community Hospital Interv. Radiology Dept
March 11, 2008
Our prayers are with all of the Schnellenbergers.
The McCormack Family
March 11, 2008
Helene Donnelly
March 11, 2008
As always and especially now, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. How sad, yet what a bright light of hope he was. We were blessed to have him in our lives this long.
Lori Parker-Szabo
March 11, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Neuman Pollack
March 11, 2008
Beverlee, Howard, Stuart, Tim, et al,

Like all of you, I greatly admired Stephen and considered him a hero of the human spirit. I remember so well the early days of his diagnosis when Jay Sanders would travel with us on the football road and constatly update the medical status, and I would be amazed and uplifted by the courage and fortitude of the entire family in dealing with this tragic medical event. But, most of all, as the years unfolded and Stephen beat back every new, and renewed, threat to his life, his display of courage and love of life was an unspeakably powerful lesson to all who know him, as was the love and incredible devotion of two wonderful parents to their son. My life has been enriched by my friendship with your family and Stephen's display of the appreciation of life. My only regret is that my son, Erik, did not get to know and enjoy Stephen, of whom I have spoken often to Erik.
I may not be able to attend Saturday since it is Erik's 14th birthday, but I intend to come up on Friday. I am off now to D.C and will see you all, God willing, Friday night.
May God keep Stephen and bless all of you,
Ron Stone
March 11, 2008
We send you our heart felt condolences and want to let you know that we are thinking of you in this time of sadness.
Erich & Kristina Sommerkamp
March 11, 2008
During this difficult time, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you.

With love,
Richard Staller and Kelli Carter
Kelli Carter
March 11, 2008
Our deepest condolence
Steve & Betty Mersand
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