Steven Charles Sterba

Steven Sterba

Steven Charles Sterba, age 68 of Willowbrook. Beloved husband of Barbara Sterba, nee Lange; son of Elaine Sterba, nee Fink and the late George Sterba; brother of Warren (Wanda) Sterba; brother-in-law of Kathleen (David) Albers; uncle of April, Samantha and Naomi Sterba, Daniel (April) Albers and Kristin Albers; nephew of Agnes Pajer; cousin of many. Steven was actively involved in a number of area orchestras and served as an orchestra director at Addison Trail Middle School, Addison, Hinsdale Central Township High School, Hinsdale and La Grange Highlands Elementary and Middle School, La Grange Highlands.

Visitation Friday, October 19, 2018 from 12:30 P.M. to Time of Service 1:30 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Stickney.

Memorials appreciated to Sinfonietta Bel Canto, 920 Curtiss St, #272, Downers Grove, IL 60515 or Fox Valley Orchestra, 525 N Broadway, P.O. Box 2138, Aurora, IL 60507.

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  1. Nancy and Jim Brown condolence:


    So very sorry for your loss. We have been neighbors for 35+ years. We remember hearing Steve playing the violin when windows were open, how professional and lovely. Barb, you have our deepest sincere sympathy, praying for you during your time of loss.

  2. Judith and Walt Schneider condolence:

    Dear Barb,
    We are so saddened to hear this news about Steve’s passing. It was an honor to know him and play with him in the FVO. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Judi and Walt

  3. Linc Smelser condolence:

    Dear Barb, Ann and I are saddened to hear about Steve. Know that we are sending our thoughts to you and that we remember our gigs together so long ago fondly.

  4. Mary Buscanics-Jones condolence:

    Barb, I am so very sorry for your loss! Steve was such a fine person. I feel so lucky to have known you both and to have made music with both of you.

  5. Scott Rosenthal condolence:

    Barb, so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Scott

  6. Carol Dylan condolence:

    Dear Barb and family, I am so sorry to hear of this loss! I have many fond memories of sharing a stand with Steve in Elgin. He always had a kind word to say and, usually, a great joke or two. His thoughtful personality and amazing intellect brightened many days. My condolences to you.

  7. Darlene Ulrich condolence:

    Barb I’m so sorry. Steve was a wonderful person. My prayers are with you .

  8. Andreanna Moravec condolence:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. Steve was a kind man and I enjoyed working with him on gigs. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Ray Ostwald condolence:

    Barb, I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I enjoyed many conversations and musical performances with Steve, and always appreciated his kindness, wit and perspective. Wishing you peace and fond memories.

  10. Rachel Handlin condolence:

    I only played a few gigs with Steve, but when I heard this sad news, all I could think was what a super nice guy he was! I bet many people had the same reaction as I did, a testament to his character, and not one often said of violinists! I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband.

  11. Jeanne Christoff condolence:

    My sympathy Sterba family on Steven’s passing.

    Jeanne Christoff friend of Elaine’s for many years.

  12. Marion Soukup condolence:

    My prayers and thoughts are with you now.

    Marion Soukup

  13. Joanne Pendl-Rommel condolence:


    I am so sorry to hear about Steve! Even though we have not gotten a chance to visit much over the years, I always enjoyed chatting with Steve. Such a great person! And I know what a wonderful marriage and relationship you had, for sure to be admired by myself. Take care of yourself and relish the memories. I know Steve is now an angel looking out for you along with your Mom and Dad. My prayers are with you!

    Sending you hugs and love!
    Your Cuz
    Jo Rommel

  14. Susan Burner condolence:

    Steven was the violin teacher of our 3 children for many years. His tremendous love of the violin and dedicated teaching are a gift he gave our children. There is less joy in the world without Steven’s music. May he bring joy to Heaven.

  15. Irene Quirmbach condolence:

    Dear Barb! I was so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen either of you. I have very fond memories of all the many performances we played together in the early days with various groups. Steve will always be remembered by his friends and colleagues as an intelligent and kind man who brought the joy of music to all the many people he encountered. I wish you comfort at this sad time.

    Irene Quirmbach

  16. Rebecca Blaho condolence:

    Dear Barb,
    I just found out about Steve’s passing. I’m so very sorry to hear this and send my thoughts and prayers!

  17. John Smentowski condolence:

    Barb, I recently found out about Steve’s passing. I am sorry to hear this. Steve was a wonderful man whose passion and life was music. Sue and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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