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Stephen G. Schilawski

Birth Date: April 25, 1955
Death Date: March 12, 2018

Decatur – Stephen Gerard Schilawski, age 62, was called by Almighty God to Heaven on March 12, 2018 while at his home in Decatur, IL.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 25, 1955, he was the 5th of 7 children of Bob & Eileen Schilawski (both deceased). Steve graduated from MacArthur High School in 1973, and worked in sales throughout his adult life, including as owner of Thermal Pro Home Improvement in Decatur.

He was a very caring and outgoing man, quick to make friends, and enjoyed being with others, especially cherishing time with family, his sons, and grandchildren. His passing leaves a wound in our hearts, which can only be filled with loving memories and hope and faith in his presence with Almighty God.

Surviving are Steve’s 3 sons, Sean (Linda) of Chicago, Kyle and Reid of Decatur, former spouse Jill Shenlund, & 6 grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 sisters and 4 brothers: Sue (Rich) Smith, Bobbi Leonard, and Jim (Debby), Jay (Diana), Mark (Sara), and John (Sharon) Schilawski & numerous nieces & nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate his life will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at St Patrick Catholic Church in Decatur, IL; visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 prior to Mass. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Decatur, IL following the service. Memorials can be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic School or Water Street Missions, Decatur, IL.

The Schilawski Family is being served by Moran and Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Mass of Christian Burial
March 20, 2018
10:00 am
St. Patrick Catholic Church
407 E. Eldorado Ave. Decatur, IL 62523
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March 20, 2018
9:00 am
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St. Patrick Catholic Church
407 E. Eldorado Ave. Decatur, IL 62523
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  1. I am saddened by the loss of Steve. I saw him at my Mother's funeral (Suzanne Reeder's) funeral in January.
    I have such happy memories of growing up next door to the Schalawskis'! Could not ask for a more ideal childhood! Steve and my brother, Andy, were very tight and engaged in some real adventures!
    I will always remember Steve as a kind, fun and joyful person! My prayers go out to the family!

    Amy Collins-Hobbie

  2. It seems like yesterday Steve was getting me a Coke and some popcorn at the popcorn shop,while on my break at Goldblatts
    My prayers are with you all. May our God wrap his arms of love about your whole family!
    Dan Keil

  3. We were all so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was kind and generous man, and my children and I will always remember him with love.

  4. I first met Steve my freshman year in high school. I quickly learned what a rebellious, stubborn and independent person he was…from my being his football team practice tackling partner to our first parentless vacation camping in the smoky mountains. Steve was fearless…from helping me conquer my fear of heights to risking his own safety jumping into a river to help others. He was a people person with a heart of gold. I had more fun with Steve than I can recount here, but rest assured we had some awesome times together.
    I will love, miss and remember him for the rest of my life.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Steve was our sales rep many years ago in the ADM Tax Department. He helped us keep all of our books up to date in our Tax Library. I really enjoyed working with him. He was always very pleasant and helpful.

  6. So sorry to hear of Steves passing. Such a nice man. A friend to all! Prayers of comfort and peace to the family.

  7. John & all of Steve's family: I remember Steve from Val McKean's men's group. Steve was easy to speak with, pleasant & a ready listener also. Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you peace & comfort at this time.

  8. From reading all of the posts on different pages on fb everybody said that he was one of "the good guys". And he was. The last time I talked to him, I thought I had him convinced to go to our 40th reunion but he didn't show. I think he would"ve enjoyed it. Not too many people knew his story. Steve, I hope that peace has found you and you have found peace.

    Kathy Carnes-Harris

  9. Very saddened to hear of Steve's passing. We were classmates together at St. Pat's and he, Andy Collins, Ann Julsen and I used to spend a lot of time playing when we were young and running around the neighborhood.

  10. I remember Steve from MacArthur High School vividly like it was yesterday. We had just reconnected on Facebook…Fond memories!! He will be missed by many…Blessings and prayers to the family.

  11. Steve was a wonderful classmate at MacArthur High. He was the special kind who was friends with the cool kids as well as the uncool kids. Prayers for your family as you grieve Steve’s passing.

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