Steve Schiopota

First post: Feb 21, 2022 Latest post: Mar 15, 2023
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Steve and Kristen have been married for 24 years and have three wonderful boys, Luke 20, Nathan 18, and Josh 16. God and family are everything to Steve, and he and Kristen have enjoyed all the activities and commitments that come along with family, church and community life.

Steve grew up in the Cleveland area with his parents as well as his brothers Jeff and David. His young adult years were marked by a pattern of drinking, parties and unhealthy relationships. But with the encouragement of his brother David, Steve came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 26. With this significant change in his life came new patterns: church life, healthy friendships and Christian community. Steve got involved in Parkside Church’s Singles Group, which was instrumental in his spiritual formation. He became deeply committed to this new community, and many of those old friendships remain strong even today. It was in this group that Steve met the love of his life, Kristen, and they were married in 1998.  

In their early years of marriage Steve enjoyed a career as an analyst in transport logistics. However, his career took a turn when he suffered an unfortunate layoff from FedEx. A number of factors and complexities contributed to the reality that Steve’s career never developed as he had hoped. In the early 2000’s he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder (CMT). CMT is a degenerative disease that damages the nerves in the arms and legs. This disease ended up making life complicated for Steve in many ways. Steve also struggled for several years with mental illness, and this significantly impacted his career path through no fault of his own. In spite of the many disappointments along the way, Steve never gave up, and he continued to pursue employment. He was driven by his strong desire to provide for his family and was always using his unique ability to network and make connections with the goal and hope of securing employment. He found creative ways to work, even when it wasn’t exactly in his desired field. He supported Kristen’s counseling practice in every way he could, negotiating contracts, securing office space and promoting her business. Steve never stopped pursuing career opportunities. Even when he was in the middle of his first round of chemotherapy in the fall of 2021, Steve was participating in job interviews. Though he has grappled with many disappointments along the way, his love for God and family motivated him to never give up, and his journey has been marked by tenacity and perseverance.

Steve has always been fiercely devoted to Kristen and their boys. Together, he and Kristen have remained committed to one another through the ups and downs of marriage. Over the years he has supported his boys in all of their activities. He is their biggest fan and is unbelievably proud of their accomplishments on the football field as well as in diving and pole vaulting. Steve, Kristen and the boys have especially enjoyed being a part of the Twinsburg Football Family.  Steve is quick to show his gratitude for how profoundly God has blessed him with the good gifts of family and community.

In the summer of 2021 Steve was diagnosed with cancer. After several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation he hit some bumps in the road. A stubborn infection in his foot proved to be a major setback, as his cancer treatment had to be put on hold in order to get the infection under control. Steve has bravely endured months of chronic, debilitating pain. After being hospitalized for about 10 days in early February, Steve transitioned to home hospice care. He passed into the presence of Jesus on Friday February 25, 2022.