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stephen j. szyarto

Posted on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Nov. 13, 1949 - Nov. 14, 2012

ELKHART — Stephen J. “Steve” Szyarto, 63, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago.

He was born Nov. 13, 1949, in South Bend, to Mary Jane (DeMas) and James F. Szyarto.

He married Jill Hinkle on June 7, 1980, in Fort Wayne.

She survives along with their two children, Jeff Szyarto (Mindy Deinema) of Elkhart and Kara Szyarto (Cade Pellegrin) of Fredericksburg, Va. Mr. Szyarto is also survived by his sister, Ruth Szyarto (Sue DeRoos) of New Carlisle; and his in-laws, Patsy Hinkle and Marvin and Sally Teegarden, all of Fort Wayne.

He was proceeded in death by his parents.

Steve graduated form John Adams High School and IUSB with a bachelor of science and master of science in elementary education.

Mr. Szyarto taught for the Elkhart School Corporation for 42 years serving at Lincoln and Hawthorne elementary schools. He loved teaching math and awakening young minds to all the possibilities there are for them.

Most of all he loved his family.

Steve won numerous city championships while serving as a coach at Lincoln Elementary School.

Steve was proud to be a member of MENSA.

For many years, Steve served the Elkhart Teachers’ Association in numerous capacities including vice-president, grievance chair and as a member of the bargaining team. He also was co-president of Elkhart Central High School Band’s parent group and a committee chairman for BSA Troop 1.

Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. A celebration of Steve’s life will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at New Hope United Methodist Church. Pastor Lee Campbell will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hawthorne Elementary School’s “Fire-Up” Fund, BSA Troop or Second Chance Small Dog Rescue.

Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home had been entrusted with arrangements.