- July 22, 1975 - July 14, 2011
- Merrill, Wisconsin
of Stephen's Passing
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“Amy & BMR's: Can't believe it's been a year already. We still miss him every day but know his spirit lives on and is carried on in his children-the...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Rajek - Merrill, WI
“Amy and Rajek Family, Steve is a family member I never met. Your present sorrow and bereavement will pass but Steve's memory will live with us into...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Henry Walli - Schaumburg, IL
“I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies to Amy, their children & both families. I'm thinking about you all xx
3 of 29 | Posted by: Helena Lake - Yate
“Sorry to hear of your loss. May cherish the memories that you've shared with Steve and find strength in family, friends and God.
4 of 29 | Posted by: Jim Shebelski - Mosinee, WI
“Thank you for being a great big brother and Uncle to Khloe. We will always remember you and always miss you. Our family vows to keep our promise to...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Katie Rajek - Merrill, WI
“To the Rajek Family, Steve was such a great guy who deeply cared about his family. His positive attitude gave inspiration to others. Our Thoughts...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Todd A. Sann - wausau, WI
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
7 of 29 | Posted by: Mike and Aimee Gennrich - Merrill, WI
“Dear Karen and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. Find strength in one another and in our Heavenly Father. Take care!...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Eloise Graham - Davenport, IA
“My family wants to send our sympathy to you all for the loss. Steve is a wonderful man. I say is because he still lives in the hearts of all that...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Krissy Warlow - Merrill, WI
“Amy - My heart is hurting for you and the kids. Please know that he is out of pain. May you find the strength and courage in these passing days....Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Jennifer Hintz - Krueger - WI
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy and the Rajek family. Steve will be missed!
11 of 29 | Posted by: Renee & Chad Krueger - Athens, WI
“Dear Amy and family I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. Thoughts and...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Darlene Hemmerling - Beloit, WI
“Your family is in our prayers. Steve will be missed, he was a great guy.
13 of 29 | Posted by: Stacy Schult - Green Bay, WI
“We are sad to hear that Steve has passed away. We send our condolences to the family. He was our youngest son Matthew's Cub Scout Master when he was...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Mark and Amy Handlin - Merrill, WI
“I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please hold tight to memories for comfort and remember, He only takes the best. To live in hearts we leave behind...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Sandra Balz - Mosinee, WI
“My heart goes out to the entire Rajek family knowing how close they are. But to Amy remember how much he loved you... he showed it at the end of...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Laura Holden - Stevens Point, WI
“Our deepest sympathy he will be missed
17 of 29 | Posted by: The Stenberg Family - Merrill, WI
“Our deepest sympathies to the family. Not only did Steve do everything with heart, he lived to the highest of standards and was a shining example of...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Darla & Bryce Watson - Wausau, WI
“Steves loss will be greatly missed by all who knew him-he was a great man. Our hearts go out to Amy and the kids-you will make it thru! Just take it...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Sczygelski family - Merrill, WI
“Steve was a great man and touched many lives. He will never be forgotten. What a great leader and such a positive, funny guy. RIP Steve. ~Aaron...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: The Frederick's - Merrill, WI
“Sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
21 of 29 | Posted by: Jason Odegard - Wausau, WI
We were so sorry to hear about Steve. Tracey and Ryan kept us informed about his battle with cancer, he fought hard with alot of courage....Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Jan and Tim Trezek - Janesville, WI
“Our deepest symphathy to all families of Steve, he will be missed but not forgotten, rest in peace Steve!!
23 of 29 | Posted by: Deb & Dan Liedtke - Mosinee, WI
“So sorry for the loss of your loved one.
24 of 29 | Posted by: Suzanne Mursett - Wausau, WI
“Steve will be missed by his family and his many friends because of his joyful and positive attitude to life. He fought his battle with cancer...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Mike & Katie Klussendorf - Wausau, WI
“We are so sorry for your loss. We can not imagine how you feel but want you and your family to know you are in our hearts. Carin, Jeremy...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Carin Leininger - Wausau, WI
“I didn't have the honor of knowing Steve very long. I met him in Aug 2010. But he came and befriended me immediatly. He had such a passion for...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Jerry Kleinhans - Merrill, WI
“We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We knew Steve through our various experiences in Merrill Cub Scouts (we were from Pack 503)and could see...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Leanne and Brad Schnabl - Merrill, WI
“Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Steve was a very caring person it was an honor to know him. He will be missed, he touched the hearts and life...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Michael & Colleen Terrian - MO
Stephen 'Steve' M. Rajek, 35, Merrill, died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Born on July 22, 1975 in Merrill, he was the son of Gary A. and Karen L. (Hinner) Rajek. He married Amy LaBonty September 22, 2001 in Merrill. Steve was a 1993 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He joined the United States Marine Corps December 1, 1994 and served in Italy, Peru, Arizona and North Carolina as a Sergeant. He was honorably discharged March 18, 1998.He attended Chippewa Valley Technical School from 1999 to 2001, receiving an Associates Degree as a Civil Engineer Technician. During his life, Steve held many positions within Merrill Iron and Steel, Inc.. He started sweeping the floors as a child to working in the shop and eventually into the office in Production Control, Detailing and finally Project Management. Steve was always willing to help any person in any department, anytime and anywhere. He enjoyed many activities including hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, spending time with family and grilling outdoors. Steve was very active in Scouting, beginning in Pack 303 as a Tiger Cub and on to Wolf, Bear, Webelos and earning his Arrow of Light Award. He crossed over to Troup 303 earning up to Life Rank and Order of the Arrow Brotherhood. When his first born son was in first grade, Steve and his son joined Cub Scout Pack 502. Steve became a Den leader and served as Cub Master of the Pack. Steve believed in the scouting program and was involved in many activities, camping and fundraising promotions. Steve completed Wood Badge Training. He was a member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. Stephen is survived by his loving wife of nearly 10 years, Amy Rajek; his parents, Gary & Karen Rajek; three beautiful children, Bryce, Brayden and Britney Rajek, all of Merrill; maternal grandfather, Roger Hinner, maternal grandmother, MaryAnn Hinner; paternal grandparents, Robert & Genevieve Rajek, all of Merrill; two brothers, Richard Rajek, Merrill, and Gregory (Mary) Rajek, Janesville; two sisters, Jill (Peter Fry II) Rajek and Katie Rajek, all of Merrill; six uncles, Robert (Karen) Rajek, Roger (Rebecca) Hinner, Kenneth (special friend Liz) Hinner, Robert (Candace) Hinner, Rick (Kathy) Hinner, all of Merrill, and Pat (Mary) Hinner, Gleason; two aunts, Kathy (Thomas) VanDerGeest and Mary Rajek, all of Merrill, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his uncle Wayne Rajek. Services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, July 18, 2011 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ. Visitation will be from 4:00PM until 9:00 PM Sunday, July 17, 2011 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM Monday at the church. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. Military honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.