Obituary for Steven Michael Yagelski

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Steven Michael Yagelski

June 3, 1951 - January 3, 2021


It is with immense sorrow that the family of Steven Michael Yagelski announces his passing on January 3, 2021, after a courageous battle with covid-19 and leukemia.

Born in Valparaiso, Indiana on June 3, 1951, Steven grew up in the neighboring town of Chesterton and later attended Indiana State University. Here, he crossed paths with Diane Spicuzza in their dorm lobby when she was desperately looking for a pair of pliers. Recognizing that this woman would need his help and guidance for many years to come, he used his charming wit, sense of humor and dazzling smile to make her fall madly in love with him. They married in August 1975 and, together, raised three daughters who would go on to embody their greatest attributes — “Dad’s silent standoff” mentality and “Mom’s no holds barred” spunk. These characteristics continue to prove useful anytime they need to negotiate pay raises, show their kids who the real boss is and determine whose turn it is to do the dishes.

Steven was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and known to family and friends as an avid lover of gardening/landscaping, country music and anything that involved his kids or grandkids. He never knew a stranger and whenever separated from his family at an event, festival or vacation, they would find him chatting away and making friends with someone new.

His family will remember him for all his solicited (and unsolicited) advice over the years, as well as his favorite “son of a b****!” saying when something wouldn’t go right in his workshop. They hope that he never heard all four of them giggling with delight upstairs, but if he ever did, they know it would have brought a smile to his face…eventually.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Diane; three daughters, Angela Smith (Kevin), Joanna Martin (Ned), and Margaret York (Tim); seven grandchildren, Noah, Evan, Lila, Olivia, Hudson, Harrison, and Sullivan; brothers, Jim (Lori) and Jerry (Sue); as well as numerous other family members, friends, and naysayers.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Yagelski and mother, Elizabeth A. Yagelski, who we know will be the ones to finally make the kolaches to his liking.

To ensure the safety of Steven’s family and friends, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Samantha Harrison posted on January 11, 2021

Beautifully written! You are being lifted with prayers of comfort and strength during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Dan Nellessen posted on January 10, 2021

May God rest your soul Steve say hi to everyone for me!


Joanna posted on January 10, 2021

Dear Dad, I don’t even know if it’s acceptable for me to write on here, but let’s be real…when did I ever follow the rules? Although only three of us know how lucky we were to have you for a father, everyone who knew you can attest to what a great person you were. Thank you for all the lessons and values you instilled in us growing up; it gives me comfort knowing that I’ll pass those on to my kids in a way that would make you proud. To say we miss you terribly would be an understatement, but I know we’ll be okay because you raised us to believe nothing is impossible. Give Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Gus a big squeeze for me. Love you always.


Dr. Kathleen Dommer posted on January 10, 2021

The written words could not be more beautiful for cousin Steve. I heard of your passing around the same time I we buried my mom Patricia Dommer. In Remembrance I bought both cousin Steve and mom in the Yagelski platt at Chesterton Centennial park. Stevens is next to his dads. May peace and memories stay with Diane and the girls until the day when they can join you, in love and prayers, Kathleen Dommer 253-314-6691


Dr. Kathleen Dommer posted on January 10, 2021

The written words could not be more beautiful for cousin Steve. I heard of your passing around the same time I we buried my mom Patricia Dommer. In Remembrance I bought both cousin Steve and mom in the Yagelski platt at Chesterton Centennial park. Stevens is next to his dads. May peace and memories stay with Diane and the girls until the day when they can join you, in love and prayers, Kathleen Dommer 253-314-6691


Mike and Sue Heater posted on January 8, 2021

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Laughing through tears at finding him chatting away and making friends with someone new. So true! Love you all and you will remain in our prayers.


LaRue Welkie posted on January 8, 2021

What a lovely tribute for a dearly loved and cherished man. Please know that my heart goes out to you all. I will continue praying that God comforts you in the days ahead. 💘


Amberly Peterson posted on January 8, 2021

Beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry for your loss, Joanna.


Ray Yagelski posted on January 7, 2021

Very nice memorial. You couldn't find a better man & he will be missed dearly by anyone that had the pleasure to know him.


Jan Pool posted on January 6, 2021

This was a lovely memorial for Steve! You captured his spirit in these beautiful words! He was a wonderful man with a lovely family! My love to all of you during this difficult time.


Alexa posted on January 6, 2021

This is a beautiful tribute! He will be missed and I will think of him every year now when we watch White Christmas. He lives on in you all. Much love, Alexa, Ben, Adelaide, and Barrett


 


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