Steven J. Nijak
June 8, 1990 - March 7, 2017
GRANGER - With profound sadness and unrepairable broken hearts we are saying goodbye to our beloved son and brother, Steven James Nijak. He was the most wonderful son to Kurt and Shari, a person possessing the biggest heart and most generous nature. He was a devoted brother to his sisters, Courtney and Stephanie, whom he loved and adored. He loved his extended families and close friends more than anyone would know or he was capable of expressing. He was Caring, Smart, Funny, and had the biggest heart you would ever know even amongst all of his struggles. No one could light up a room like him. He courageously and relentlessly battled with years of addiction that eventually took his life. Please be loving, patient, kind, understanding, and overly supportive to all those in your life who are dealing with similar Demons. We will be broken and empty for the rest of our days, but will always remember him lovingly and fondly as the most wonderful son, brother, and friend to those he touched. Steven graduated from Penn High School in 2009. His many passions included playing rocket football as a child, dirt bike riding, working out, snow boarding, and Notre Dame football. He loved spending his summers at Shavehead Lake with his friends and family wakeboarding, boating, and making s'mores by the bonfire with his cousins Nick and Jake who he adored. He also enjoyed cuddling the family dogs, Lilly and Enzo. He is survived by his parents, Kurt and Shari Nijak of Granger, IN, sisters, Stephanie Nijak of Granger, IN, and Courtney Nijak of Union City, NJ. Grandparents, David (Jacky) Huber of Notre Dame, IN. Uncles and Aunts, Karl (Dawn) Nijak of Columbus, OH, Dan (Wendy) Huber of Granger, IN, Michelle (Jim) Hammer of Granger, IN, David Louis Huber of California, Patricia Willems of Mishawaka, and many, many cousins. Steven is joined in Heaven by his paternal grandparents, Gerry and Nancy Nijak, maternal grandmother, Marilyn Huber, Aunt Janine Nijak, cousin, Heather Hammer, neighborhood friend, Brenden Bell, and his many friends who battled the same disease who left before him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 am with visitation from 9-10:30 am at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church, on Ironwood between SR 23 and Douglas Rd., because of construction at St. Pius X, Msgr. William Schooler officiating. Cremation will follow at McGann Hay's American Cremation Society.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to House of Hope in memory of Steven Nijak, 908 SW 1st Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, 954-524-8989, Attn. CEO Sue Glasscock. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com