Steve Vavra

Died: September 9, 2015
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“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and All These Things
Shall Be Added to You” Matthew 6:33
Steve Joseph Vavra 68, was called home to be with his loving Lord and Savior, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY. He took his final breath with his loving family at his side. Steve was an extremely devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, (pop-pop). He was a Godly example and will be deeply missed and forever loved. He was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Libra Vavra, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Reverend John and Yolanda Caletka, and brother-in-law, Armondo DiRado. He is survived by his loving, devoted wife; Debbie, caring daughters; Kimberly, Rebekah and Nicole, the joy of his life, his precious granddaughter; Gabriella. sister; Mary Ann Di Rado, brother; Richard Vavra, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Esther Caletka, nephews Armie DiRado, and Adam (Erin) DiRado, nieces; Danielle Caletka, Lynsey Moody and great niece; Addison DiRado. His animal companions; Marcos and Gretta were constantly by his side. They also are feeling the loss. Steve spent a lot of fun times with his fishing buddy and uncle; Dick Dodge. He had many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved very much. Steve retired from the U.S. Postal Services, he had worked for The DEC, and was employed by the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club. He served his country with pride in the U.S. Marine Corps in Viet Nam. (Semper Fi) He graduated from Union Endicott High School and attended Broome Community College. He was a fishing mentor to Adam and Evan Badertscher. Steve was known for his quick wit, his wonderful sense of humor,his famous holupki’s and the awesome fish fries he had after his fishing trips. Steve will be sadly missed by the many lives he touched. He was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church, Endicott.
Funeral Services will be held Monday 10 am from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, with the Reverend Ralph Trozzi, Pastor of his church officiating. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Sunday from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Christian Apostolic Church, 206 North Rogers Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760 or for Gabriella’s college fund.

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Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Monday, September 14, 2015

Time: 10:00 am -

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Date: Monday, September 14, 2015


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Died: September 9, 2015

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Amy, Jeff and Tyler Shepardson posted on 9/11/15

Debbie, Kimmi, Becca, and Nicole, Words will never be able to express how heartbroken we are at Steve's passing. He truly was an amazing man, a role model for everyone to look up too. We were so blessed to have him in our lives, most especially Tyler. T was Steve's little buddy for sure! His first thought was always taking care if those around him. He is going to be greatly missed by all those who's life he touched. Please remember we are right down the road, and are always here if you ever need anything! We love you all!! Amy, Jeff & Tyler


Dave Trozzi posted on 9/12/15

Debbie, Kimberley, Rebecca, Nicole Gabriella, Rick and the Vavra family. I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, relative and person. He was a person who lived thru Christ with utmost consistency and humbleness. His legacy is a light for all who knew him and his testimony of life is one of complete faithfulness and trust. He gave us so much to be thankful for and will always be remembered for his abundant love, gentleness, spiritual leadership and obedience to the Lord.Steve's service as a Marine will also be remembered with utmost honor. He served his country in the most difficult time with complete honor and unselfish love, that is just how Steve was. He gave everything his best never to leave question. A true pillar of life.I loved Steve for all he shared with us and his testimony of life will reside in my heart forever. My prayers go out to you all continually.


Kelly Starkweather posted on 9/14/15

Debbie and girls - I am deeply sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was a wonderful man. He will always be with you with the memories in your hearts. Hugs to all.