Stephen J. Grabowski

August 30, 1956 - February 20, 2024

Stephen J. Grabowski, 67, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away peacefully at home on February 20, 2024. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Stephen graduated from De Lasalle Institute, and served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois. Upon honorable discharge, he continued his schooling earning a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and moved on to earn an MBA at Aurora University. Throughout his career, Stephen held a variety of positions in the retail and hospital-based pharmacy settings before concluding his career as a geriatric consultant pharmacist. Stephen volunteered at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, was involved in the Knights of Columbus, and for many years, was a lector at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He was a man known for his social spirit, always making new friends, hosting many parties throughout his life, and finding a reason to enjoy each day. Stephen loved games and had a true competitive spirit, often proposing a friendly wager to up the ante. He is survived by his loving family: wife Marianne, daughters Katie and Nicole, golden retriever Obie, and a multitude of family and friends that he held dear to him. In lieu of flowers, donations in Stephen’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, an organization near to his heart, would be appreciated. Visitation will be held at Michels-Lindquist Funeral Home on Sunday, February 25 from 1-6 PM as well as on Monday, February 26 beginning at 9 AM. A memorial service will be held beginning at 10:45 AM on Monday with a light lunch buffet to follow at Vesh Catering (5811 Richey Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668). His family invites those who are able to join them, to celebrate Stephen’s life and legacy.

Funeral Service

The funeral will take place on February 26, 2024 at 10:45 AM at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home Chapel (5228 Trouble Creek Rd. New Port Richey, FL 34652)

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5228 Trouble Creek Rd. New Port Richey, FL 34652
  • Sunday, February 25, 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Monday, February 26, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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  • April 15, 2024
    Rick Collins says:
    Dear Marianne, Katie & Nicole, Barbara and I just found out today about Stephen’s passing and we are deeply saddened! I have a lot of memories working with Stephen for several years at Owen HC and Neighbor care! Also the family get togethers we had! I am sorry we haven’t been in touch the last few years! I wish you and your Daughters much peace now and in the Future! God Bless You! Rick, Barbara and Melissa Collins

  • February 29, 2024
    Tom (Moons) Grabarek says:
    My condolences to Fred and his entire family. I didn’t know Fred until later in life and he was definitely one of a kind. Most times I was with Fred, we were playing cards either at Shoes’s house or once in a while in Fred’s gazebo in the yard. I’ll never forget the time we were playing cards and Fred was the dealer, and we ended up with 6 jacks in one deck. There were a couple of guys that were there and so upset, and Fred just sat there and laughed at them. For a minutes, I thought they were going to pummel him. He sat there calmly and said oh just split the pot and let’s move on and keep playing. One-of-a-kind for sure. RIP BROTHER

  • February 29, 2024
    Frank Meisl says:
    Sorry for your loss Marianne and kids may Fred RIP

  • February 27, 2024
    Bo Bylina says:
    Marianne, I remember spending many Sunday afternoons at Fred's house on Kedvale, back when you began dating Fred. You made such a nice couple together. Fred was quite adventurous, always approaching life in a most curious way. I will always remember him. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

  • February 26, 2024
    Glen and Janet Dallman says:
    We were deeply saddened by Steven's passing. He was a wonderful and caring boss and so much fun to be around. Also, like us a true Bears fan. Our sympathy to his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • February 26, 2024
    John Olson says:
    My condolences and prayers for Marianne, Katie and Nicole. Fred and I shared a lot of great times together: card games, White Sox games, trips to see our friends in college, Indiana cottage, road trips to Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale and many cruises. All Good Times! RIP my friend.

  • February 25, 2024
    Beth and Sam Seletos says:
    Marianne, Katie, and Nikki, we love you and are deeply saddened by the passing of your beloved husband and father. We have 24 years of fond memories that include Steve: sipping frozen drinks on Bahamian beaches, playing Celebrity Jeopardy at our SNL Halloween party, pushing a cart down the middle of Shipston for our progressive NYE parties (one year dressed in togas), celebrating Charlie's birthday (with cakes that looked more like boobs than like the dog bones they were meant to be), and the countless pop-up garage parties that started with one of us sitting in a lawn chair and ended with a circle of friends. The thing about Steve is that he was always there when you needed him. He would do anything to help a friend, and he helped with no expectation of anything in return. He did simple things, like offering me water when I was jogging in the neighborhood; he did bigger things, like when I torn my meniscus and he came over immediately to help, bringing crutches with him. He would help move furniture if you needed it, and he'd check your mail when you were away. He was a neighbor who cared about you. It is impossible to sum up so many years of friendship in only a few words, but just know that we have the fondest memories of him and they will not ever be forgotten. Rest in peace, Steve. We will miss you.

  • February 25, 2024
    Barry Poppel says:
    I always enjoyed golfing with Steven. He would always use a low iron to run the ball up to the green. And he was such a goofball!! We will all miss him.

  • February 25, 2024
    Marge Schumacher Oresky says:
    So sorry to hear of Fred's (Steve's) passing. He certainly was one of a kind. My brother Jim has so many stories to tell and he was around our house during High School a lot. My condolences to his family and may be rest in peace 🕊️🙏

  • February 24, 2024
    Jeff Haag says:
    My Uncle was one of a kind. He was 8 years older than my brother and I. He was like a big brother more than an uncle. He always found the time to spend with us. He took us to amusement parks, we played racquet ball, went golfing. If you won money off him you were lucky! He never took a bet he couldn’t win. 😂. I can’t believe our time together is over. May you rest in peace. ❤️

  • February 24, 2024
    Joe McMahon says:
    Marianne and family- please accept my sincere condolences about Steve. Wishing you all the comfort and peace during these difficult times. All the best to you and your family.

  • February 24, 2024
    Kathleen McTigue says:
    Marianne, Katie and Nicole, my heart breaks for you and my heart is breaking as well. He was one of my favorite Uncles. He was this ray of sunshine who was so vibrant and always knew how to make me smile and laugh constantly. I enjoyed his phone calls and texts even if he meant to be contacting my Dad (inside joke). Uncle Moe always had your back. There was this one time when we went to Lou Malnati's for a family dinner and my boyfriend at the time was supposed to join us but chose not to come. That didn't sit well with him, so while we were at dinner, he grabbed my cellphone and called him up, calling him out! He made his point and honestly, I really appreciated that and it was exactly what I needed. It was a good life lesson that I never forgot. Family comes first. I will miss his calls with my dad, his funny messages and most of all his presence. I always looked forward to seeing him around the holidays or spending time in Florida. I really enjoyed all the water park rides growing up as a kid with him. I honestly don't know what life without Uncle Moe will look like, but I sure will miss his jokes and smile. He always wanted me to enjoy life, be successful and keep the BASEMENT clean. I wish I could have promised him that last one! I am comforted that he is no longer suffering and in God's hands who I know will be taking care of him. I love him very much and he will always be in my nightly prayers and in my thoughts. Love, Kathleen

  • February 24, 2024
    Dennis Dobes (Jack) says:
    My condolances to the family. He will always be Fred to me. I have many memories, but those that come to mind 1st is Fred let me use his Blue 1967 Chevy for my jr. Prom. The date didn't turn out to well, but i had the coolest car at prom, and one night the crew was getting together to play cards. being the high roller i was i brought $100 to bet that night, After 10 min. i had lost it all, so just stayed and drank with the boys!

  • February 23, 2024
    Mike & Nancy Holly says:
    Marianne, Katie and Nicole, Our hearts break for your loss. Steve..aka..Fred was one of a kind. He was intense, funny, and unforgettable. My relationship with Fred goes back to grade school. Our little group of 3 spent many hours riding our bikes to each other’s homes and in the summer would pick one another up to play baseball at McKinley Park. When we were teens we doubled dated frequently. One time we went to Indiana Sand Dunes and lost track of time and got locked in the park. So Fred being Fred went around the security gate which ensued a police chase. He was a clever guy and decided to turn into the back of a gas station and turned off his lights until we lost the police tail. He said he was saving my date, now my wife, from being grounded the whole summer by her policeman father! He was fearless, a good guy and was always up for a fun time. He will be missed deeply and we will forever remember him.

  • February 23, 2024
    Mick McTigue says:
    A sad day with the loss of Stevie, as my mom called him. We guys called him Moe. We grew up as young kids on the same street.I was 3 years older and probably wasn't the best influence but we played a lot of soft ball and didn't get into too much trouble. Moe went on to serve his country and then to college. He met his beautiful wife Maryanne and they raised their wonderful girls Katie and Nicole, they are his legacy. A good but too short of life. I will miss his calls to talk about nothing in particular, just stuff 2 old friends talk about. So, I turn to baseball with this. Moe, you're coming from second rounding third goin home safe and standing up.God Bless you old friend and, see you later. Love you bud, Mick

  • February 23, 2024
    Jim Schumacher says:
    Marianne, Katie, & Nicole Steve, Stephen, Moe, or Fred Steve went by many nicknames! He certainly was a one of a kind person. May he Rest in Peace

  • February 22, 2024
    Don Dobes says:
    "Steve-Moe-Fred" Steve and I shared the journey of growing up together. It was the late 60's, when we met as "little leaguers" playing for the Kelly Park Giants! He was our star pitcher "Moe Grabowski" my brother Dennis and I were the new guys in Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago. We lived 2 blocks from each other, we attended different grade schools and different high schools, but we bonded through the passion for sports and the knowledge that we needed a group of friends that we could always count on during the good times and the tough times. For 4 of us, (Steve, Don, Mike and Dennis) it began with the nicknames of Fred, Hank, Hols and Jack. It took us on a lot of memorable road trips. No one will ever forget the trip to Camp Randall, WI to watch Temple & Wisconsin play. I was coaching at Temple & we had just pulled off a huge win & a major upset!! We are in the locker room and the head coach is giving a great speech & someone taps me on the shoulder, I turn around and it is Steve!! He has a big smile & and an even bigger bottle for us to celebrate the win!!! Take Care Brother! Don Dobes