Steven Julius Csepiga
1939 - 2021

Steven Julius Csepiga

November 15, 1939 - April 29, 2021

Steven Julius Csepiga, 81, died Thursday, April 29, after exhibiting great strength by living with cancer for several years. He was born in Komaromszentpeter, Hungary, on November 15, 1939, the son of Istvan and Margit (Kossanyi) Csepiga who preceded him in death. Steve is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Melanie (Shoffstall) Csepiga; children: Joanna Lamping, Steven E. Csepiga (Jodi) and Katrina Hejnowski (Jason) as well as 10 grandchildren: Brendon, Aidan, Sean and Tristan Lamping; Joshua, Nathan and Jacob Hejnowski; and Adalyn, Hannah and Gavin Csepiga. In Hungary, he is survived by his sisters: Erzsi Lakosi, Marika Schmidt, Mandi Erdelyi and Eva Arok as well as numerous nieces and nephews abroad. His is also survived by his sister-in-law, Diana Shoffstall and brothers-in-law, Marc (Brenda), Mike (Laurie) and Tony (Ann) Shoffstall as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Steve was studying forestry in Sopron, Hungary, when the Russians invaded in 1956. At age 16 he escaped to Austria, then at age 17 came to the United States through Catholic Charities. He was sponsored to go to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he learned English, studied aeronautical engineering and became a citizen. He later entered the U.S. Army, graduated Officers' Candidate School and volunteered to go to Viet Nam to fight against Communists like the Russians who invaded and took over his homeland. There over a year, he was attached to the CIA in the Phoenix Program. After seven years in the military, he left the U.S. Army as a Captain.

Steve and Melanie married in 1973 in her home church in Buckland, Ohio.

Steve's career was as a conductor with the Norfolk Southern Railway from which he retired in 2002. Steve was an avid fisherman who enjoyed walleye fishing at Lake Erie and crappie fishing at their lakefront home in Wisconsin's Northwoods. He always kept a fine garden and happily shared its bounty with family and friends. He enjoyed caring for his fruit trees and mini-vineyard from which he annually produced excellent wines. In retirement, he was able to enjoy more pinochle and Scrabble with his and Melanie's friends as well as poker playing at the American Legion. Most importantly, Steve's retirement gave him more time with family, and he took great pride in their children and grandchildren.

Visitation, Wednesday May 5, from 4:00-8:00 at SHEETS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, with Funeral Mass, Thursday, 11:00AM at St. Edward Catholic Church, 215 S. Nichols St., in Lowell, 46356.

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Published by The Times on May 3, 2021.
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Sheets Funeral Home
604 E Commercial Avenue, Lowell, IN 46356
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St. Edward Catholic Church
215 S. Nichols St., Lowell, Indiana
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Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and father. Keeping all of you in our prayers.
Sharon & Bill Dewell
May 4, 2021