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Stephen E. Stefl
December 16, 1949 ~ November 3, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
Stephen E. Stefl passed away peacefully at his home in Carlyle, Illinois, on November 3, 2023. Born on December 16, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri, Steve was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend.
Steve was the son of the late Edward and Pauline (McManamy) Stefl. He was a loving husband to Diana (Ryan White) Stefl and a devoted father to his children: Kristie (Ray) Grieve of Highland, IL, Matt Stefl of Granite City, IL, Chris (Taylor) White of Carlyle, IL, Amanda (Jeremy) Hall of East Alton, IL, Sarah (Jay) Anderson of Wood River, IL, and Stephanie (Jesse) Rhodes of Chesterfield, IL. Steve was a proud grandfather to numerous grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and he was eagerly anticipating the arrival of another great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister, Becky Wintjen of Oklahoma City, OK. He was predeceased by his brother, David Stefl.
Steve graduated from Granite City High School in 1969. He spent 35 years as a truck driver, and later shared his knowledge and experience by teaching CDL training. In his later years, he drove a school bus. Steve was a life member of Madison Amvets Post #204 and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Granite City Aerie #1126.
Steve had a zest for life that was evident in his many interests. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, creating memories that will be cherished forever. An avid sportsman, Steve enjoyed playing golf and softball, and was a regular at the local bowling alley. He was a dedicated fan of NASCAR and never missed a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. Steve's friendly and outgoing nature meant he never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, making friends wherever he went.
A Graveside service with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Friday, November 10, 2023, at 10:30 A.M.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Stefl are suggested to his family and will be received through Zieren Funeral Home, PO Box 276, Carlyle, IL 62231.