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Stephen Louis Tscherne

1955 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Stephen Louis Tscherne Obituary
January 14, 1955 - December 5, 2016 Steve passed away with loved ones after his 4.5-year battle with cancer. He proudly worked at UPS for 30 years and retired in 2012. He received the President's Volunteer Service Award by President Bush for over 4000 volunteer hours to his community. He was president of NJTP, where he taught over 2500 children to play tennis. NJTP was started by his wife Barbara and a group of her high school friends which had received college scholarships to play tennis. The NJTP was created to give back to the community, with their motto "from courts to college." They wanted to improve the community through tennis. NJTP is a non-profit program with low-cost lessons for children and adults throughout the community. He was born in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Good Shepherd Elementary School and Cardinal Stritch High School, Class of '73. He moved to California in 1979 where he met his wife Barbara on the tennis courts. They married in 1992 and their son Joseph R. was born in 1997. His love for the game of tennis will live on through Barbara, Joey and all the lives he touched. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Tscherne; his sister Joanne Fitzpatrick, his favorite Grandpa Peters, his stepdaughter Brandi Anderson; his in-laws, Ricardo and Vicenta Sotura, and brother-in-law Frank Perales. Left to cherish his memories is his wife Barbara Sotura Tscherne, son Joseph R. Tscherne. His brother David (Becky) Tscherne, sister Debbie (Reed) Chaney, brother-in-law John Fitzpatrick. Barbara's family Yolanda and Frank Aguirre, Ricardo and Joanne Sotura, Lucy Perales, Eric and Anna Wells, and many, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 2:00pm at the El Cariso Community Park Gymnasium, 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar, CA 91342. Steve's generosity and concern for others were unmatched, till the very end. Steve was always thinking about the tennis program. One of his final requests was that flowers not be sent after his passing. Instead, Steve preferred that any donations be given to NJTP. Donations will be accepted at www.njtptennis.net.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2016
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