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1984 Steven 2023

Steven Michael Francek

May 25, 1984 — November 17, 2023

Hines, Illinois

 

In Loving Memory

of

Steven Michael Francek

(1984–2023)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Steven Michael Francek on November 17, 2023, at the age of 39. Steven’s long-standing battle with serious mental illness highlighted his remarkable bravery and resilience. He confronted life's challenges with a smile, demonstrating immense courage. Now, his struggles have ceased, and he rests peacefully with our Heavenly Father.

From a young age, Steven's dreams reached as high as the stars. He aspired to explore outer space, a testament to his boundless curiosity and adventurous spirit. This same spirit led him to serve our country with distinction as a nuclear engineer in the Navy for four years, a role he embraced with dedication and pride.

Steven's brilliance shone through in his academic achievements. He excelled in a high school CAD drawing contest and achieved a perfect score on the Naval entrance exam, displaying both his artistic talent and technical acumen.

Throughout his life, Steven faced intense battles with mental health issues. Despite these challenges, his love for all of God's creatures and his adoration for his little sister, Catherine, whom he cherished with butterfly kisses, never wavered. He held immense respect for his brother Mike's athletic abilities, always being a supportive and proud sibling.

He is survived by his loving parents, John and Tracey Francek; siblings, Michael (Katie) Francek and Catherine Francek; paternal grandmother, Patricia June Francek; niece, Scout Francek; aunt and godmother, Donna (Bob) Martin; and uncle, Rudy (Chris) Francek Jr.  He was preceded in passing by his grandparents, Richard and Catherine Schmelter, and Rudy Francek Sr.

A celebration of Steven's life will be organized in the coming months, honoring his wish for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other's company. Steven's legacy of courage, love, and resilience will continue to inspire all who knew him.

As we bid farewell to Steven, we remember a life lived with passion, bravery, and an unyielding spirit. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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