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Stephen Robert Kustra 37, long time San Francisco resident, originally from Glenview, IL, passed away after two courageous battles with cancer June 19, 2009. Dearly loved and cared for by his fiancé, Cassandra Fritzen, the light of his life. Cherished by his countless friends and second family at Zeitgeist. Also survived by his parents, Joyce (Robert) Schmit and Robert (Kathy) Kustra; sister, Jennifer (Paul) Quinn; nephews, Brendan, Tommy and Michael Quinn. He will also be missed by his faithful dog of 14 years, Marvin. He was a life long Cubs fan, talented writer and musician. Stephen was loving, loyal and special to all who knew him, his smile lit up the room. A Memorial celebration will be held Wednesday, 5-8 pm, at Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia St., San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephen R. Kustra Scholarship for a Masters in Fine Arts for Creative Writing (c/o the Boise State University Foundation, 2225 University Drive, Boise, ID 83706) or in Steve's memory to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Funeral Info 847-998-1020.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jun. 23, 2009.
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June 21, 2010
Ranny Viquez
June 18, 2010
Steve think about you all the time, you are really missed. Aunt Joyce, Jenn, Bob, And Cassy. I know this year mark is really hard, try to keep on moving,you guys are always in my thoughts as well.
Scott Kiely
January 20, 2010
Always thinking of you Steve, man we sure had some good times together, I hope you and my Dad are continuing them.
Scott Kiely
November 15, 2009
I woke up singing "Deep Blue Sea" this morning and smiled thinking of you. xoxo
October 18, 2009
I grew up with Stephen. Stephen was a great guy to be around. He made us all feel better, just being in his presence. Stephen will be missed. Matt Riedemann
Matthew Riedemann
August 3, 2009
Happy birthday cuz, I miss you so much. Joyce, Bob, Jen, and Cassy feel free to call me anytime I know how tough this day will be for you, hang in there for I feel the pain as well. 636-379-5010
Scott Kiely
July 9, 2009
Bob & Kathy, Joyce & Bob, we are so saddened by Steve's passing. As I write this, I know how painful this is for all of you. Jim & I wanted to attend the funeral, but due to time constraints, we were unable to do so. Our family is all very saddened. You are all in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. May peace be with all of you. God bless. Jackie & Jim Phillips
July 5, 2009
I was very sad to hear of Steve's passing. I met him when the Zeitgeist was our backyard. The light that shone so brightly and continues has been a blessing. Even at this moment I feel the shining of a brilliant spirit.
To all family and friends, I hope that peace and love carries you in this dark time.
Laurie Amat
July 3, 2009
My deepest sympathies to Steve's family. Steve was one of my favorite students at GBS. He always had a smile and a great sense of humor. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Phyllis Beilgard
July 1, 2009
I was so sad to read of Steve's passing. Sister Paulanne (at OLPH Church) gave me occasional updates on his condition. I'll never forgetr Steve...he was in one of my first classes at Hoffman School when I was a young teacher. But the Kustra family, and especially Steve, stood out. I'm so sorry. I'll think of him and remember him often.
John Hopkins
June 30, 2009
The days without Steve so far have been hard as expected, but time will heal us all. The funeral services really made me proud, what a showing. Steve I promise you from here on out I will be a Cubs fan no matter how hard it is to do so. Cassy, Joyce, Bob, and Jen you are constantly on my mind also.
Scott Kiely
June 30, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. We will keep everyone in our prayers during this very sad time. Even though we never met Stephen, we know him through his mother Joyce.
All our love Jon and Judy Hintzman
Jon and Judy Hintman
June 29, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Steve, he was such a great person, musician and friend. I have many wonderful memories of conversations and adventures with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family during this difficult time.
Heather Rosenthal
June 28, 2009
I am so sorry for all of you to have to go through losing someone you loved so much. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time.
With much love,
Patsy Evans
Pasadena, California
Patsy Evans
June 28, 2009
Steve, thanks for all the free beer you sure will be missed
jj skinner
June 28, 2009
steve thanks for all the free beer
jj skinner
June 26, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Joann & Maureen Hinnah
June 26, 2009
Dear Joyce and family,
I'm so saddened by this news. You all fought so hard for Steve through both cancer battles, and it feels so unfair that he didn't win. He was a shining light during his life, and if ever there was a person who followed his bliss, Steve was that guy. All my warmest wishes.
Prudence Wilson
June 26, 2009
It is rare in life to meet someone so gifted with mind,spirit and heart...and even rarer when they share it with such selflessness. I will remember Steve for his ability to speak to everything from Ansel Adams to Frank Zappa...our spirited conversations of the merits of growing up in the Midwest, banter between our rival Cubs and Cardinals or the true value of dogs in general- to recall a few. As other have mentioned he will be missed by loving family and fiance', loyal friends and co-workers as well as casual acquaintances. Fare the well Steve knowing that there is a New Day Rising...
Rush Jones
June 26, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.

We knew Steve from the good ole' Grandpa Days in Glenview. He was a loving soul who always made us laugh.

We are blessed to have known him and know how deeply he will be missed.
Much Love, John & Liza Oates
Eliza Oates
June 26, 2009
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. I wish I was there to be with you and your family.
Margarita Stergious
June 25, 2009
Our deapest sympathy to Steve's family and especially his fiance Cassandra during this difficult time. Our hearts and best wishes are with you all.


The Kozakowski Family
June 25, 2009
Joyce and Bob
Bob and Kathy
Jennifer and Paul & Brendan, Tommy & Michael

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. I know you will miss Steve forever. You all are in our prayers forever. Steve was a fine young man and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Love, Barb and Jerry Menke
St. Charles, MO
June 25, 2009
Peace be with you and yours during this difficult time! He will be truly missed by all his friends and family!
dawn grendel
June 25, 2009
We are so sorry to hear about Steve, please know that we are thinking of you.
Jeffrey and Sandy Randall
jeffrey randall
June 24, 2009
My heart is broken for you all. Steve was a blessing to the Fritzen clan with his infectious SMILE and light-heartedness.
God's lights in our darkness are as numerous as His stars, if only we will look for them.
Auntie Marsha,
Santa Barbara, CA
June 24, 2009
Steve will be profoundly missed by his legion of freinds, his army of fans, and his loving family. we were co-workers for a dozen years and band-mates in 3 bands. he was the nicest, most talented person I've ever met. just a force. San Francisco is a lesser place today without Steve Kustra in it.
Platas por Stevenshire!
Churchill Brauninger
June 24, 2009
I will truly miss you steve. you and marvin were one of my first friends at zeitgeist, when we both had only arrived in SF.
Much Much love to your family.
Tracy Hoare
June 24, 2009
Bob & Kathy,

My deepest condolences to you in this difficult time.

June 24, 2009
Bobby, Joyce, Jenny, and family-My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Some of my fondest memories of growing up included when you would all come to my grandparents house at Christmas. I hope that you find comfort and peace in the beautiful memories that you have of Steve. God bless you all.
Vanessa (Brown) Prewitt
June 24, 2009
It is true...Steve lived his life to the fullest...I am greatful that he was in the hands of the nurses and doctors as he passed. To me that means he was delivered to our Dear Lord with the dignity and grace...his blue eyes will always be the thing that I think of first.
Shelley Kiely-Johnson
June 23, 2009
Steve's wonderful laugh and smiling face will always remain in our hearts. We will miss him dearly. Our sincere sympathy go out to his family, Cassie, & his 4-legged friend.
Jessica Goldblatt & John Feeney
June 23, 2009
To Joyce & Bob
Bob & Kathy
Jenny & Paul and the boys

We will always remember Steve as the one who lived his life to the fullest. Many people have aspirations in life, Steve lived his out. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Godspeed, and may the memory of Steve be in all of us.
Kevin,Mary,Jacklyn,Ellen and Grace Kiely
June 23, 2009
Joyce and family, my heart goes out to you all. Cherious the 37 years of great memories which will live on forever.
Paula Marks
June 23, 2009
We will miss you Steve, and will always remember all the laughs. We promise to take good care of Cassie and Marvin...
Love, Clare and Jason
the Finazzos
June 23, 2009
Steve will be remembered in many circles. He won the heart of so many different people. He was a genuine and kind man. My condolences to Cassy and his family.
Ranny Viquez
June 23, 2009
To Bob & Kathy,
Joyce & Robert
Jennifer & Paul and Family:

Words cannot express our feelings of sorrow for all of you. We can only hope that God will hold you "Gently in the Palm of His Hand" during this sorrowful time. We are sorry that Frank and I will be unable to attend the funeral, but a few of our children will be there to represent the Valenti Family. Our Shaughnessy Ancestors gave us a great example of Family Togetherness and we share that with you today. God Bless All!
Maryann & Frank Valenti
June 23, 2009
Bob and Family - You are in hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Jack and Christine(Chrissy)
Christine McKinley
June 23, 2009
Bob, Joyce, Jennifer, and families,

We are so saddened to learn of Stephen's death. He was in the same class as our son Eric at Hoffman school in Glenview before our family moved to Hinsdale in 1983. We all remember Stephen as a young man full of promise, and from reading of his accomplishments and spirit, he lived a life of promise and hope. We send our love and sympathy.
Dick and Ellie Goers
June 23, 2009
Dear Bob and family

I am saddened to hear of the loss of Stephen. You and your family are in my thoughts. I read the article in the Chicago Tribune about Stephen's "free spirit" and found it uplifting. Take care.
Joanne Kustra Verebelyi
June 23, 2009
Steve not only were you my cousin but you were a best friend. We were only a month apart in age and seemed to be joined by the hip growing up when we were together. When you would come to St Louis to stay at my house in the summer, those were some of the best times in my life, so much fun in fact we always said we would grow up and live next door to eachother. Steve the memories we made will be cherished in my heart forever. Family and love ones we will get through this hard time for that is what Steve would want, especially Joyce,Bob, Jennifer, and Cassy.
Scott Kiely
June 23, 2009
Lots of love from Trey & Dana, xoxo
June 23, 2009
On behalf of our entire family, thanks to all who have recorded your love and sympathy at this time. We are deeply moved by your thoughts and prayers.
Bob Kustra
June 23, 2009
What an amazing guy...
All of my love and thoughts to Cassy and the rest of his family.
Chaundra Corso
June 23, 2009
Bob and Family--My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved son. I have two of my own whom I love dearly. I shall remember him in my prayers!
Herbert E. Gardner
June 23, 2009
Bob,Joyce,Kathy,Jennifer,Cassie,all of Stephen's family and friends -
you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Aunt Phil
Pilomena Wania
June 23, 2009
My heart goes out to all his friends and family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Harmony Malone
June 23, 2009
Steve was one of the warmest and most thoughtful people I met while in San Francisco. His friendship was such a gift and there is truly no way to quantify how much he meant to the people who surrounded him daily.
Bradford Kraft
June 23, 2009
Dear Bob and Kathy,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of deep sorrow.
Darlene, Irene & Don Kustra/Backer
June 23, 2009
Our deepest sympathies go out to Steve's family and loved ones. We will hold fond memories of many Monday afternoons spent at Zeitgeist together. Steve was a wonderful person, and he will never be forgotten.
Allison & Erik Sadauskas
June 23, 2009
He was always there for me.
Chili Bill
June 23, 2009
May there be peace for you Steve, and for your family and Cassie. You are greatly loved and will be greatly missed. All my love.
Stella Davies
June 23, 2009
Bob and Kathy - Out thoughts are with you, especially now.
Barbara and Bob Vickrey
June 23, 2009
Our memories of Steve go back to the days when our family would congregate in the basement of Aunt Loretto and Uncle Walter's home (Steve's grandparents)and there was this little guy with beautiful blue eyes. To all our family, may you feel God's love and peace surrounding you as we lift Steve and all of you up in prayer.
Love to all.
Gerry & Maureen Kasper
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