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Memories of Steve

For the second night in a row, candles line our block in memory of Steve.  What a wonderful community we are a part of!!  We have written an obituary on tributes.com for Steve.  Many of you will learn something new about him.  It will also give you more information about the celebrations for his life and for those that would like to make a contribution in his memory, that information is contained here as well.

Thank you everyone.  

Jody


http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Steven-LaVoie-101785402?f_e=1
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Rick Conrad
By Rick Conrad
I really got the chance to know Steve through our Indian Princess campouts. We both were veterans on the campout circuit since we had more than one girl in the program. In recent years we drove to some of the camps together. The drive to the various camps can take 1-3 hours in the car and we got to know each other on those trips. Steve was an avid reader and wealth of information. He was a sponge for learning and asked questions because he was genuinely interested in your experiences and stories. He was a good story teller, but most impressive to me: he was a good listener. He would ask about things he knew you could relate to. Our conversations would weave from music and movies to politics…from parenting to work…from art to wine…from eastern philosophy to technology…and more. It’s not everyday that you can talk to someone (especially a neighbor) about grander things beyond the weather and the upcoming football season. I will miss Steve, not just as a neighbor, but as my co-pilot story-teller and listener of anything and everything.
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Georgette Neale
By Georgette Neale
Dear Jody and Family,
I remember your husband Steve as a young high school boy, who was part of Sonoma Valley High School's Class of 1977, north Bay Area. Jody, many of us in that Class of '77 remember Steve with fondness. He always struck me as a smart, energetic, kind person with a great sense of humor. He seemed like a very aware and happy person. You knew from meeting him that he had big plans for his life. In fact many of us from Class of '77 remember that he had the rare distinction of being the only high school student who carried a briefcase with him to school! Truly, how many West Coast high school student who carried a briefcase with him to and from his classes. This briefcase was Steve's trademark. :-)

During that time, I did not know him very well -- because I was of the "shy, quiet girl" category at that time in my life -- so we were in different social circles. But I always sensed that Steve was one of the good, nice guys. Even though he was a tall boy back then, he didn't waste his time bothering other kids or bullying them. He was a very tall, bright, gentle kid who wanted to make the most of school and the time he was spending there. So, Jody and Family, here is another "Steve" story. I want reach out to you with sincere sympathy -- all the way from Northern California to La Grange, Illinois.

So, Jody and Family, I'm praying that you will be comforted by knowing that Steve is not really gone. (You already know this, and it's a hard thing to grasp). His physical body is no longer here, but his spirit (essence) is everlasting. It lives on in you and in your three daughters. :-) Another nice person who paid his respects to Steve said that "people may die, but love does not die." And it's true: Love goes on forever and ever. In closing, please take good care of yourselves over the course of the next year. Treat yourselves with true kindness. Loss and grief is a real process, and it just takes time. Please just know that others have been where you are. Blessing to your family. --Georgette N.
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Emily Janson
By Emily Janson
Jody,

You and I have never met but I feel like I know you and the girls so well. Last Fall Steve and I shared a long plane ride out to a business conference. Arrowstream is a client of mine and I had heard a lot about this "dynamic CEO". We laughed at the coincidence as we realized who we were each sitting next to and we talked the entire trip. What I want you to know is that my impressions of Steve were that of a man who was completely engaged in life- passionate about all the things that interested him- and devoted to you and his daughters. He spoke candidly about his love for you- and how his life completely turned right side up when he met you! I was very impressed by his emotional honesty, his intelligence and his gentle soul. We ran into each other a few times this year and he always greeted me like an old friend...Steve was an exceptional person...(not that I need to tell you) but I want to tell you... hoping in some small way that these messages bring you comfort. My thoughts are with you and your entire family
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Kathleen Murray
By Kathleen Murray and Jerry McAloon
Your dad, Dennis, wrote such a moving tribute about your wonderful late husband. Jodie, we will be at the LaGrange Country Club to hear all of the moving tributes about Steve. You must be so proud to have met and married such a wonderful man. Jerry and I have met you but I don't think we've ever had the pleasure of meeting your kids.
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Peggy Sloyan
By The Sloyan Family
Thoughts are with you. We know all the good memories of Steve will always bring you strength.
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Mary Atseff
By With love, prayers and hugs, Mary & Andrew Atseff
Thinking of you and the girls all the time. May the beautiful light of the candles be a warm reminder of how very much Steve was loved and how very much you are all loved, too!
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Mary Lou Lorenz
By Mary Lou Lorenz
I would also like to send my heartfelt condolences. I am just someone who has been watching and praying. I'm so sorry that all of this happened. My prayers will continue for all of you.
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Mary Zuwala
By Mark, Mary, and Jillian Zuwala
Jody:
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and the girls. Steve was truly blessed having been surrounded by such wonderful family and friends!
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Jeanne Padgett
By Jeannie
I have to say, Jody, some of the best meals I've ever had have been with you all. Not only was the company delightful, but Steve put his passion, his intellect, his drive for success and his warmth into the food we shared, and the results were otherworldly good. I don't remember what i ate at many dinner parties, but i remember in detail every meal we've had with you two. How could anyone forget homemade habanero dark chocolate ice cream?? Steve even elevated every meal we chose out at a restaurant, thoughtfully reviewing the menu beforehand, bringing the wine and helping us be mindful of what we were blessed to enjoy. I think Steve was remarkable because he put his whole self into every single thing he did. So many of us just coast. Never Steve. He approached tasks big and small with unmatched thoughtfulness and energy. The phrase that comes to mind when I think of Steve is 'Living Out Loud."

I remember shortly after we first met you, i saw you two setting out on a date night. You looked fabulous, of course, and he had his arm wrapped so tightly around you and was just beaming with pride. It gave me pause - I think I watched you all the way to the car. Not like a couple with 2 kids on a mid-week break from the grind, but like a young man who'd just scored a date with a brilliant bombshell. Which of course, he had! He just had the smarts to appreciate it and the vibrance to share it. And that was a gift to us all. I hope as we remember Steve we remember to be unafraid to be original, to give fully of ourselves, and live a little louder.
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