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Steven Sziebert

Sep 3, 1949 - Feb 23, 2018
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Steven Charles Sziebert passed away at home Friday, February 23, 2018.  He was born in Nemetboly, Hungary on September 3, 1949. Steve started school in Hungary. His mother put August 34 on his school record, so he could start first grade early.

Steve was seven during the Hungarian Revolution. He escaped Hungary with his family by walking across the border into Yugoslavia. They became refugees in Yugoslavia and later Austria.

The family immigrated to the United States in 1957 and settled in California – first in Los Angeles and later in Saratoga.

Steve continued to skip grades in school attending high school at Woodside Priory for Boys in 1960. They had to special order a uniform for him as he didn’t fit the smallest size. He graduated high school at 16 and attended Santa Clara University majoring in business law. He was in ROTC during the Vietnam era in California, which added much excitement to his life.

Immediately upon graduation, he entered the army and became an Airborne Ranger. He spent 5 years with the army engineers stationed at Fort Lewis and Camp Pelham, Korea. We heard many stories about his Korean and army adventures.

While Steve was at Ft. Lewis he met his future wife, Marcia Stephenson. “There she was minding her own business,” shooting pool at the Officer’s Club. He was smitten. Steve and Marcia were inseparable from then on. They moved to Yakima, because Steve wanted to live near family. He fell in love with the Yakima Valley and his Stephenson in-laws.

It was here in Yakima that Steve came to realize his other love was construction. He loved projects and building stuff. He spent 20 years as a construction superintendent for Superior Asphalt and Paving Company, managing projects from Omak to Prosser. In 1998, Steve went to work for Huibregtse, Louman and Associates which is now HLA Engineering and Survey, as a construction engineer and contract manager. He was still building roads, parking lots, water treatment plants, bridges and so on until he got sick in 2017.

January 9, 2017, Steve was diagnosed with AML. He and his family spent the next year learning about the medical world. After getting into remission, he and Marcia moved to Seattle for 4 months, so he could have a stem cell transplant. All the way through his treatment, Steve made his own deliberate choices. He was willing to do whatever it took to be at his son’s wedding in October. He made it. January 9, 2018 he was re-diagnosed with the cancer.

Steve has always been a very unforgettable person. He was a great lover of people. He was brought to tears by stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary and hard things. He was always there if you needed help and could trouble shoot any situation, often thinking outside the box. Steve loved music and stories. He could take a good story and make it longer. You had to listen to the whole thing because there was always a connecting point.

Above all, Steve was a good man, a good friend, a faithful and devoted husband, the best father and many other bests. His goal was to leave the world a little better and we are sure he did. His faith in Jesus Christ was complete. Now he is getting firsthand experience in the Glorious Kingdom. For sure, he is telling stories.

He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife, of 42 years, Marcia, and their children, Elizabeth White (Stephen), Clara Short (Corey), Stephen Charles Sziebert (Olivia), William Sziebert (Emily), Rosanne Brauner (Isaac), Mary Harris (Jeff), and Francis Sziebert (Annie). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, George and Ezra White, Nora, Ansen, Ira and Elena Short, Lily, Aiden and Kyle Sziebert, Maximilian Sziebert, Adele, Charlotte and Miles Brauner, brothers, Imre Sziebert and Leslie Sziebert, and sister, Elizabeth Newton. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Nora Sziebert, and his eldest sister, Maria Coyle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Catholic Church (212 N 4th St, Yakima, WA 98901). In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sr. Rebecca Berghoff Foundation, St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School, Catholic Relief Services (Refugee crisis), or a charity of your choice. To leave a message or memory for the family please go to www.brooksidefhc.com. Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family.



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Funeral service

Mar 10, 2018:2:00 PM

St. Joseph's Parish Catholic Church