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, Livestrong.org/donate. Funeral Info 847-998-1020.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jun. 23, 2009.