Steven E. Gutowski
Steven E. Gutowski, age 24, of Plymouth, MA, passed away September 28, 2011. He was the loving and devoted son of Edward and Joan Gutowski (Goldrick), and loving and caring brother to Cheryl Chamallas (Gutowski) and her husband Alex of Plymouth, and Karen Gutowski also of Plymouth. He is also survived by his good friend, John Mello, of Florida, formally of Buzzards Bay, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends, too many to name. Steven was born in Weymouth, MA May 27, 1987 and resided in Plymouth his whole life. He was a 2005 graduate of Plymouth North High School. He ran on the track team and played football during his high school years. He was very involved with the high school marketing club - DECA and helped by running the school store. He also liked to bowl on the weekends and even joined his father's mens league when he was old enough. Steven held different positions within the Plymouth Recreation Dept. over his high school years and thoroughly enjoyed working with all the kids. In his last year prior to joining the Army the kids dipped their hands in paint and left their handprints on his t-shirt, which he then framed and cherished dearly. He also spent many summer nights working at the Plymouth Long Beach for the town of Plymouth. When he wasn't at the beach or with the kids, he worked Team Ops Security for Gillette Stadium, for 3+ years. Steven enlisted into the Active Army on 31 December 2008. He served as a Combat Engineer and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. He deployed in February 2011 with the 515th Engineer Company (Sapper), 54th Engineer Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan. During his service, he helped to find improvised explosive devices and aided in route clearance operations. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge. He was known as "Gooto" to those he served with and "Goot" in Plymouth. He was a huge fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, but his love for the Boston Bruins was second to none: he was so thankful to see them win the Stanley Cup and was able to watch the games by being woken up at 4 a.m. in Afghanistan. Our prayers go out to the families of the two other soldiers who died alongside Steven and wish for the speady recovery of the wounded soldier. Also, a thank you to all the men and women who serve our country A visitation will be held at the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St. Plymouth on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, from 4 till 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 17 at St. Peters Church in Plymouth at 11a.m., followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, the Gutowski family requests that donations be made in Steven's memory to Veterans Services, Town of Plymouth, 11 Lincoln Street, Plymouth, MA 02360, in the care of Roxanne Whitbeck. Donations may also be made to the "Military Friends Foundation" 14 Beacon Street, Suite 706, Boston, MA 02108, or made online , a local non-profit organization that supports military families and friends of our fallen service members across Massachusetts. Steven's famous last words: "I was put here on Earth to make everyone smile and I simply receive a thank you from those people smiling.". For more info and online guestbook please visit,

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Miss and love you always sweet friend.
August 26, 2021
Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice to our Country. May you Rest in Peace. Prayers to your Family.
glenn mccarthy
April 8, 2018
Miss you brother SAPPERS FORWARD, ESSAYONS!!!!!!!
April 6, 2018
Hiya kiddo,

Every single day, I am so thankful to have had you in my life, no matter how brief. I owe my positive outlook to you and will never forget the way you made me laugh.
September 10, 2015
Steve, I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to have you brighten my life. You are so loved. Always.
November 27, 2014
Think about you every single day. There will never be a time a sweet memory of you doesn't put a huge smile on my face or make me laugh. Thank you for the way you lived, with your heart and happiness filling every moment. You have taught me the best way to live each day.
May 17, 2014
Had a little sign from God the other day to let me know your beautiful soul is shining bright up there. In my heart. Always.
September 25, 2013
I find myself always missing you when the sun shines brightest...because that's the effect you had on people, Steven. You always warmed those around you with your smile and positive energy. Id do anything to hug you once more. Always in my heart
September 11, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Gutowski Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to troops in Afghanistan this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Steven E. Gutowski US Army Specialist. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
July 6, 2013
I think about you all the time and keep your button pinned to my office wall. I'm not sure I will ever meet a person with a brighter spirit. Keep smiling up there.
June 16, 2013
This entry is in memory & honor of Steve. We will always be indebted to him for his service and sacrifice for this Country.
May 6, 2013
Today, we remember& honor Spc. Steven E. Gutowski for the life he sacrificed for our country.

Diane Ruscoe
September 28, 2012
September 28, 2012
On the first anniversary of Steve's passing, we celebrate a life well-lived. We cherish our memories forever.
September 27, 2012
To the family of Spc. Steven E. Gutowski:
Steven gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
September 17, 2012
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ([email protected]) is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your son's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
May 12, 2012
Dear Joan and Eddie and Family,
Joan I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear son Steven. I remember you bringing Steven to work at Sentry Insurance . He was a darling boy and so curious and sweet. My prayers will always be with you and your Family. Love, Kathy Soh
October 31, 2011
Wisdom 3:1-5, 9
[1] But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
[2] In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
[3] and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
[4] For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
[5] Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
[6] like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
[7] In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
[8] They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
[9] Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his elect,
and he watches over his holy ones.
Donations in memory of Spc. Steven E. Gutowski are made to Veteran's Services, Town of Plymouth, and have been collected and contributed by “Cheryl's Friends at Novartis” with our love.
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Janice Conlon
October 28, 2011
Steve answered the call...of himself he
gave all and a part of of America died.
Steve the Flag of the United States of
America has your blood woven into its
fabric and it shall proudly wave forever in your honor. I pray that you are at Peace and in a place where you have always longed to be.
ADV. Lodi, Ca.
October 24, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family- The McSharry Family
October 18, 2011
October 18, 2011
The cost of freedom is never cheap, Nor evenly shared. All give some, And sadly some give all. May Steven enjoy the well earned rest that only a true hero can know. With regards and prayers, In this your hardest of times Respectfully

Leonard S. Raymond
leonard raymond
October 18, 2011
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Diane Ruscoe
October 18, 2011
Ed and family,my prayers and thoughts are with you all. The ultimate sacrifice your son and family has made will not be forgotten. God Bless.....
Stacey Miller
October 17, 2011
Condolences to the Gutowski family. Steven's sacfrifice for his fellow Americans and Plymoutheans that we may live in safety and security will never be forgotten.
October 17, 2011
Such a sad, sad thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a wonderful turnout for you Steven....Plymouth was beautiful in her Red, White and Blue for you. God speed....
Linda Gray
October 17, 2011
Dear Family of Spc.Stephen E. Gutowski, our prayers are with you all and we plan on paying our respects along the funeral route down 3A.
" No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for another."
With sincere appreciation for his ultimate sacrifice.
Edward and Mary Cushing
Edward and Mary Cushing
October 17, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Steven's family and friends. I did not know him personally, but he was a true hero. I am truly thankful for you serving and protecting out Country. May you rest in peace.
October 17, 2011
Dear Steven,

I remember a young child enjoying Christmas cookies.

You grew into a wonderful young man who gave his life for his Country.

You will forever be in my heart.

Rest in Peace.


Aunt Phyllis
Phyllis Hogan
October 16, 2011
When your Aunt Phyllis(Gutowski)Hogan and I prayed for you at St. Peter's in Plymouth, we could not help but remember my brother and her sister who were also killed in their twenties. We know that,like them, you are in God's care. Rest in Peace. Love,
Uncle Joe Hogan
Joe Hogan
October 15, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathy
for the loss of your loved one and
Hero Steven, and my sincerest
gratitude for his service.
God Bless you Spc. Steven E. will not be forgotten.
Sylvia Kronenwetter
October 15, 2011
Dear Cheryl, my deepest sympathy to and your family in these very difficult times. I wish you healing and patience. Hold on to the good memories of Steven.
Sholeh Razavi
October 15, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ed. Be strong and cherish your memories.....God Bless
Nancy Massmann
October 14, 2011
Although I did not know Steven personally, I will ALWAYS remember the scarifice he made for ALL of us.
May your memories of Steven bring you comfort.

Steven, you are a True American Hero who will never be forgotten.
I thank you for your service.
Nancy Paull
October 14, 2011
I have known this family and Steven for many years in Plymouth. America's hometown has lost a hero in the tradition of John Alden and Miles Standish. When we raise our Bud Lights at the celebration of his life that Steve suggested, and his mother, God bless her,has promised to fulfill,let us all say that "This ... is for you, bud."
Elaine Katanski
October 14, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy to the Gutowski family in your time of deepest sorrow. I was able to honor Steven on Wednesday with my fellow Patriot Gaurd Riders, as we held our flags to honor your HERO. God Bless Steven, and God bless our troops. And may you find some comfort knowing you are in my prayers.
Cheryl Ruskiewicz
October 14, 2011
RIP Steve.....great man and all around upstanding kid....Thank you for your service to our Country...../ Spc. Gutowski.....your service is now complete Sir you have returned home God Bless you God Bless your family and GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
October 13, 2011
Dear Gutowski Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful young man.
Steven, thank you for your service to our county that allows us our freedom. May you rest in peace and may God bring comfort to your family. God Bless all of the Service men and women.
With deepest sympathy
October 13, 2011
To Stevens Family,
I have hung out with Steve a few times and it was hard not to smile around him. His energy lit up the whole room and he always kept everyone laughing.
We are all so proud of Steve and he will be severly missed. I'm sorry for your loss.
Steve, thank you for your sacrifice for this country. Rest in Peace Steve. You we're such an amazing friend. Even know as I type your name I can't help but smile.

I'm sorry for your loss. R.I.P Steve
You will never be forgotten
Lindsay Evans
October 13, 2011
Joan, we haven't seen each other since Quincy Mutual.We are so very sorry for your loss of Stephen..He will be prayed for as will you and your family..Thank you Stephen and all the service men and women..with prayers, Maxine & Tom Eames
Maxine Eames
October 13, 2011
Thank You Sir, for your sacrifice to your Country and for protecting us.My heart and Prayers go to your Family and loved ones.May You R.I.P.
Glenn McCarthy
October 13, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Steven paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. Thank you and may God Bless you and your family. May your memories bring you comfort during your difficult times.
Joan Hanley
October 13, 2011
To The Family Of Steven - I never knew Steven but hold a very special place in my heart for all who have given their time to ensure we have a safe country to live, I do
a small tribute to all who serve and have
since 911, I wear REDyou to know you are in my prayers at this time and a HUGE THANK YOU TO STEVEN for his service to our country
October 13, 2011
I can not say how sorry I am for your loss.

Jason and Theresa Slack and family
Jason Slack
October 13, 2011
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Please know that your son will be in my prayers and I thank him for his patriotism to our country.
October 13, 2011
God Bless You. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. It will never be forgotten.
October 13, 2011
God Bless your son and your family. He was put on earth to do great things and he has. My heart goes out to you all. I have a Daughter in the service and she has done three tours.
God Bless
Leslie Lally
October 13, 2011
Dear Eddie and Joanie, It has been a long time, I am so sorry for your loss. Please try and take comfort in the fact that you raised an honorable loving self sacrificing young man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. May God give you strength during this time and again I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Mary Jordan-Degeis
October 12, 2011
Although I did not know Steve, my daughter was in the DECA program years ago and know that this family is a good family with nice children. You raised your son to give back to his all of us, so that we might live the wonderful lives that we live. Thank you Steven for your service, and thank you to his family for making him the man that he was. God bless all of you and we will keep you in our prayers everyday.....
Linda Giroux
October 12, 2011
Dear Ed, Joan, Cheryl and Karen,
It is with a heavy heart that I express to all of you my sincerest and deepest sorrow on the passing of Steven. I pray for your comfort and solace and I know that Steven is resting peacefully with a smile for everyone that he meets. I am thankful for his service to keep us free, however, I am truly sorry that Steven made the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless your family,
Frank J. Marino, PHNS retired
Frank Marino
October 11, 2011
Dearest Eddie and Joanie, John and I send our heart felt regards on behalf of your wonderful son Steven, no word or saying can fill this great loss but our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We have family serving in the navy and know the sacrifice Steven has given so that we may live free. God Bless you all. Colleen and John Walsh
Colleen Michaels-Walsh
October 11, 2011
Dear Eddy and Joan,
It's been years since I've seen you Eddy, you were a teenager back then. Hard to imagine we are all getting older. That's why it's so difficult to see the Gutowski name in the paper for your son Steven. Though I never met him, I'm sure he was a fine young man. You and Joan have a lot to be proud off. Please accept my condolences on this terrible loss. I know that god is taking care of him now and that he is in a much happier place. May my prayer's and peace go out to all the family. Sincerely, Irene (Harrington) Karstunen
Irene Karstunen
October 11, 2011
Steve was a great kid, takes a real special person to be willing to lay his life down for his country. I had the pleasure of working with Steve at Team Ops, which was a fun time working with him. From a combat veteran myself, his sacrifice will never be forgotten. My deepest heart felt sympathies go out to his family friends. RIP buddy you may be gone but you are not forgotten.
October 11, 2011
I wish to express my sympathy to the family. Having a son in the military who served 3 tours in Iraq I know what you have been going thru, it is sad that you must face the worse news of all. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May he rest in peace.
October 11, 2011
Ed & Joan, It's been a long time. I was shocked to see the Gutowski name in the news and realized it was for your son Steven. May God hold him in his hands now and forever. Steven thank you for serving your country. You are a hero. Rest in peace.
Mike DeMasi
October 11, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. May STEVEN E. GUTOWSKI rest in peace and you find comfort in knowing that he is. My thoughts and prayers are with STEVEN and your family.I Thank You a True American HERO!!! Parents you did a great job ~GOD BLESS~
L Greene
October 10, 2011
Dear Gutowski Family,

Steven was a wonderful young man who gave his life for his country.

May he rest in peace.

My prayers are
October 9, 2011
Rest in peace Steven and may God give your family the strength needed to get through this.
mary ryan
October 9, 2011
Dear Ed & Family Jennifer and I are so sorry of the loss of your son. As the parents of a soldier we know the constant worry is tough enough. I can't imagine what your feeling, I hope words of comfort help, knowing he was a fine young man taken too early defending his country.This generation of young men are proving to be as gallant and brave as any before them .America owes them so much for their bravery. I hope kind words and comfort from others will help you through these hard times Ed. Jennifer and I just want you to know we are thinking of you during this time of sorrow. Your Friend Steve Rice Toronto Ontario
stephan rice
October 9, 2011
Steven, you were one in a million, you made me laugh and brought everyone joy. You were the one person that i knew i could always count on. I looked up to you as more than just a cousin, more like an older brother who would always show me the way and add some happiness to my life. I miss you steven, and i will always love you.
~Cousin Julie xxoo
Julie Wilk
October 8, 2011
steven, you were one of a kind,our family has lost a true hero and you will forever remain in our hearts. we will always love you,rest in peace
auntie janet
janet wilk
October 8, 2011
jan wilk
October 8, 2011
Dear Joan & Family,

I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your son. The USA is lucky to have had such a man in it's service. God bless him, and you.
At the 4 o'clock mass tonight at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, our pastor, Msgr. George Carleson, mentioned Steven, and I believe Fr. said that he officiated at your wedding, 30 years ago. In our bulletin, it mentioned some O'Donnell Mother's maiden name is O'Donnell....of County Sligo.
Joan, again, God bless you and your family....I miss seeing you at HUB.
Christine Lemay
Christine Lemay
October 8, 2011
Dear Gutowski Family,

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M.Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
October 8, 2011
we offer our sympathy to the Gutowski Family. Our heart breaks for your loss. We offer our prayers for his eternal peace.
Linda Ebbe
October 6, 2011
Steve you will always be remember your smile and laugh your love for life. Your mom and I will continue to be best friends and wait till we get there you better be behaving. Love and Hugs.
Mommy Hayes
October 4, 2011
My deepest love and sympathy to our family and best friends. Our thoughts, prayers, love and support are there for you. My little brother and fellow Combat veteran will be missed. You are a truee hero, Steve, we will always miss you. We love you and your family dearly and will always support them. Thanks Steve and God Bless the Gutowski's and our Great Country.

Love the Pozerski Family
Tom Pozerski P.E.
Fellow Combat Engineer.
See you in Heavan!
LTC Tom Pozerski
October 4, 2011
Dear Gutowski Family, We are So Deeply Sorry for the loss of Your Beautiful and Wonderful Steven. Our Deepest Thoughts and Prayers for Strength, Peace and Comfort are with You All.....Sincerely, The Rooney Family
October 4, 2011
You will not be forgotten steven
October 3, 2011
Dear Gutowski Family,

We offer our sincere condolences to you as you mourn the loss of Steve,
one of America's best and bravest.

May you find comfort in knowing that many military families grieve with you.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with you in the difficult days ahead.

Peace and God's blessing be with you.


Blue Star Mothers
MA Chapter 1
October 3, 2011
You will be missed by everyone! Thank you for everything.
Kim Sprissler
October 3, 2011
Im so shocked. You will be missed. You are a kind special man. Thank you for your serice Steve. You are a brave young man.
Karen Wickson
October 2, 2011
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