Steven J. Nijak
1990 - 2017
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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.


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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 12, 2017.
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March 16, 2017
Sheri & Kurt, We are sorry to hear about the loss of you son. Our prayers go out to both of you and your love ones during this difficult time. God bless all of you!!!
Jim & Katy Kistler
March 15, 2017
Steven came into my life very unexpectedly and I didn't know how big of an impact he would have on my life. While I battled my own struggles he continuously encouraged me and lifted me up. He was always there and was my biggest supporter when I had no one else. He is one of the greatest men I have ever known. My heart aches without him, but I am glad he has found peace.

My deepest sympathies and prayers go to his parents and sisters. Steven was a wonderful man, which you already know, and he will be missed by many. Thank you for raising such an amazing person who has been the greatest blessing in my life. He will always have a very special place in my heart.

Sending love..
Marisa Beaumont
March 14, 2017
Jim Hammer and Family I am so sorry about your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.
Verda Bailey
March 13, 2017
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March 13, 2017
To the family of Steven Nijak, my son Tyler is also an addict and met Steven at Rosecrance. I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart as my son still struggles with his demons also. But I commend you for being real in sharing the best qualities of Steven. I see how they were friends, Tyler also has a huge heart. Just know that you are not alone with deepest sympathies Alicia Kinzler
Alicia Kinzler
March 13, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. May God hold all of you in the palms of his hands during this tragic time and may Steven finally be at peace. ❤Love, Tina (Craddock) King and family
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March 13, 2017
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March 13, 2017
There's people in this world that have a true impact. Steven James, you were a ray of light, and you had the most beautiful impact on my life and everyone you ever met. We all love you so much. Saying a lot of prayers, and sending all my love to your family at this time of mourning. -lex
Lexie Wurtzel
March 12, 2017
Kurt and Shari,

Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Steven's obituary was a testimony not just of your loss, but to the struggles of so many families today. May Our Lord give you strength in the days ahead.
Lisa Squibb
March 12, 2017
Our deepest sympathy for the whole family. Steve fought hard but in the end God knew he was tired and needed rest. He was a wonderful young man and you will truly be missed.
Denice Hartline
March 12, 2017
My sincerest condolences to the entire Nijak family, most especially Kurt, Shari, Courtney, and Stephanie. I have prayed every morning and every night (and will continue to do so) since I heard the terrible news of Steve's passing. May God's eternal love fill your hearts and guide you through this difficult time. Your strength and courage amidst these challenges of life and death are an inspiration to us all.

- a fellow St. Pius X parishioner
Brian
March 12, 2017
My dear nephew,

You are at peace now and filled with joy in the presence of our Lord and with loved ones before us. We ask our Father to listen to your prayers for us to have strength and faith knowing in our time that we will be with you again in paradise embraced with absolute love.

I will deeply miss until then.
Dan Huber
March 12, 2017
My heart aches for you, Kurt & Shari. There is no greater loss than that of a child and one who obviously brought such joy to those around him is especially painful.

I shall keep you in my prayers and my heart. You were such a help to me in my time of need, I hope I can do the same for you.
Mary Jo Smith
March 12, 2017
My deapest sympathy to you all...I commend you on NOT keeping your sons struggle with addiction quiet...but until others realize what its like to love someone who is an addict and just how big of a problem it really is we will sit alone fearing the worst when the phone rings and its an unknown number...
Justen and alexandrea's mommy
March 12, 2017
I love you brother, best friend, and now my guardian angel. keep an eye on us all till we meet again. RIP ❤
Stephanie Nijak
March 12, 2017
God bless Steven and your whole family. I am saying a prayer for you right now. You are carrying the cross. I attend Little Flower.
Mary
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