Deacon Steven Joseph DeLisle died on Wednesday, May 8.
Born in Maumee, son to wonderful parents, brother to three caring sisters, father to six adoring children and husband to a humble, loving wife, he worked as an engineer, was a skilled craftsman and an intense board game player and loved to build and work with his hands. Steven felt most fulfilled in his work as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church – he worked passionately with the parishioners at St. Joseph in Maumee, the residents of Sunshine Community and all others who sought peace and wisdom from his counsel. Steven lived piously and encountered all he met with a humble kindness. He spoke thoughtfully, truthfully and directly and had the most perfect sense of humor. According to his family, Steven was the funniest man they’d ever met with an unparalleled affinity for movie quotes. He took great joy in his family and was the happiest when his wife and all of his children were together. He was especially looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild.
Steven’s love lives on in his wife, Beth DeLisle; children, Stepan (Katie), Hattie (Christopher Pumphrey), Clare, Ellyn (Micah Benza), Abram and Mary Helen; mother, Maxine Schulte; and sisters, Susan Martinez, Debra (Dan) Fahnestock and Peggy (Mike) Rauscher.
Friends and family were received on May 13 at St. Joseph Church in Maumee, where the funeral Mass was celebrated on May 14, with Reverend Keith Stripe, Principal Celebrant and Deacon Joseph Malenfant, Homilist. Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunshine Community or St. Joseph Building Fund.