Stephen M. FINE
View Service Information Fine, Stephen M.
February 17, 2012, age 57 years, of Chicago. Beloved son of Marilyn M. Fine and the late Edward H. Fine. Dear brother of Suzanne (Michael) Kirsch. Loving uncle of Michelle and Stephanie Berkowitz. Further survived by many relatives and close friends.

Funeral services 2:00 PM Tuesday at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Rd., River Hills. Interment Spring Hill Cemetery, 166 S. Hawley Ct., Milwaukee. Memorial gifts to Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Hadassah or a charity of your choice are appreciated.

Following the interment, the family will receive friends at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Fine residence, 327 W. Sugar Lane, Glendale.

(262) 241-4444


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02/19/12 11:04 AM #1    

Bill Edwards

While I knew of Steve, I didn't know him personally during our Nicolet years. However, I knew he was very bright, articulate, and well liked by his friends.When we we were notified, two or our classmates were already getting the word out to many of his friends.

A few years ago, you may recall that we put together a "impromptu" Thanksgiving weekend get-together at the Highland House (Mequon) for anyone of the "out-of-towners" in to visit family. We had a great time with those that attended, including Steve.

In fact, Steve, Rick, Kent & myself were the last ones there that night - - engaging in lively conversation - - Steve being a principal catalyst for the "solve the problems of the country" conversation that ensued.

What I learned in getting to know Steve that night, is that he likes to "plant seeds" for the sake of stimulating "lively" debate. You may not immediately know his position - - but that he took pleasure out of "inciting.

A few weeks prior to that Thanksgiving event, he e-mailed Rick a criticism that we were posting music related videos & content that was irrelevant and not up to the standards of what we listened to in high school. At face value, one might take this the wrong way, but in truth - - he was "planting a seed' for the Highland House - - to "stir the pot" so-to-speak. In fact, I remember having a very passionate conversation with him about our mutual musical tastes. Steve loved music and maintained an extensive, well-groomed jazz collection. He attended Chicago Lyric Opera performances and lived in the Lincoln Park neighborhood where some of the best homemade Chicago blues, jazz & folk music originate. He lived not far from where a bunch of us would play volleyball at the "J" in the early 80's - -  I wish I knew him then -  and his being closeby. Like the Highland House, Steve would have been a blast when we were lighting Saganaki and closing down the local corner Greek joint after those games. At least there was that precious get-together at the Highland House a few years back.  Thinking of you Steve . . .

02/19/12 02:15 PM #2    

Julie L Height (Lovestock)

I'm so very sad to learn of Steve's passing.  Initially meeting him while at Green Tree School and living on the street behind him, I was comforted that he sat behind me at Riverview in Miss Rehling's class as it was scary transitioning to another school not knowing many and being shy.  Throughout, Steve was always kind to everyone and that always meant a lot.  Thanks to this website, reconnecting was a blessing as Steve was very private and shared how he did not trust social connections like FB.  While we last communicated just a few months ago, I looked forward to hearing more from him.  I know he loved his family and was always a good, kind man with a beautiful heart.  Those of you who knew him well have been so very blessed to have had him in your lives. 

You will be missed by more than you probably realized, Steve.  Thank you for your kindness.

Julie (Height) Lovestock

02/19/12 03:33 PM #3    

Peter Newberger

Steve & I were involved in AZA,( Moskalim) I was in the group for a very short time, but Steve was a very warm and friendly indivdual. May he rest in peace along with other members of the class of 73.

Peter Newberger

02/19/12 11:08 PM #4    

Bill Edwards

From Joel Cohen (Nicolet Class of '75):

Although I was a member of the Nicolet Class of 75, Steve and I were close friends thoughout high school and college. Our lives took separate paths, but a more devoted friend one could not find. We shared a love of music - no one knew more music trivia than Steve. Steve was a kind, compassionate, and caring person. He was opinionated, but always maintained his sense of humor. I will treasure the memories of his friendship and am deeply saddened by his loss.



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