- 28 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 1, 1985
- Place of birth:
Spencer, Iowa, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 25, 2014
- Place of passing:
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Steven Chalstrom, . We will remember him forever.
""Whatever comes, let it come; whatever goes, let it go. Let notions of diverse experiences either arise or set in the body: I am neither in them nor they in me."
-- Yoga Vasistha
Steve, I know you persist in ways which this meager physical existence cannot comprehend. You have fulfilled your destiny. There is peace in your passing. I love you dearly."
"Thinking about you today Steve. The sadness that you are no longer with us, but then I look around and see a beautiful flowering spring tree and am reminded that THIS is where beauty is, THIS day I should stop and look at a tree, smell the flowers, lay in the grass, feel the wind on my face, and watch my children enjoying the same. You reminded me of this today and everyday."
"So i want to share how i met Steven, Me and my mate traveling in Amsterdam, we booked the wrong hostel and we were in a van heading to the beach area. Steven was in the Van with us, He had jumped up front and began speaking with the driver, and sharing stories of his trips and all his like-minded stories they had in common. After arriving to the hostel I got to know him myself, we hung out on the beach, he "tried" to sing in a jam session we had going on in the back porch. I thought "this is a very cool dude." I even remember taking him to the side and helping him with his back issue (Im a PT, but was on vacation and didnt want to fix EVERYONE), he then came around the corner to tell everyone i fixed him and they should check me out, from that endorsement, i somehow got a line of travelers needing some help. From our little time there, we decided that we needed to hang out again, and exchanged numbers for when we where both back in the states. This was last year, and the time never came...So I thank him for the chance in one's life time to meet him, from a mistaken booking in Amsterdam, I too have been touched by his life! Live on Steven, in our hearts."
"In the brief time Steve and I were in Spencer together I had the privilege of calling him a friend. He was never anything but nice and laid back and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He was purely a good person with a big heart. It saddened me deeply to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his parents, siblings, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him."
"Steve was someone I was always happy to see. He was such a wonderful genuine kind soul. I am truly saddened to hear about his passing. He will be missed by all that were lucky enough to meet him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
"I worked at New Shoots when I met Steve and the rest of the New Shoot farmers. Steve was always smiling. He was passionate in everything he did. Harding working, kind, and positive are words that come to mind when describing Steve. He will truly be missed!"
"Got a call from my cousin Kevin back in like 95 ; wanna come to my baseball tryout with me n Steve? I said of course . Going to cedar falls , to the dome , not a strange place for the spencer folk at the time. Kevin prospecting his future 18, my self about 15 and Steven around 10 , what a cool weekend ! I will always miss my cousin Steve!"
"I am so deeply sorry for your loss. The gift of knowing Steve leaves us all better people. May that gentle spirit of his live on always."
"Steve was such a nice, laid-back, and genuine person - a true blessing to have as a friend. Through all the years of school together, he was someone who could bring a smile to anyone's face. It breaks my heart to know he's now gone, but am forever thankful for the memories that will last an eternity. Praying for God's healing and comfort for all of his loved ones."
"I have known the Chalstrom family my entire life. They stole my heart with Kevin's infamous Bear's Den in their basement. I have countless memories growing up with Steven and Sara. Every time I saw Steve he greeted me with a warm hug and one of his classic smiles. To say that he was a good person is an understatement. He was the most amazing guy, and we can all see that in the stories and comments being shared by the all the people Steve touched in only 28 years. My cousin recently gave the eulogy at his father's funeral, sharing a quote his father had told him after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor: Warren Zevon said it best, "Enjoy every sandwich." And I think we can all agree that is something Steve did. He lived life to the fullest. He travelled the world meeting many people, enjoyed music, concerts, art and nature, and loved his family and friends. My heart aches for the entire Chalstrom-Titlon family. Know that all the people that loved Steven, love you too. We will all be here for you today, tomorrow, and all the days to come.
Love, Kelsie (Huffman) Baccam"
"I don't even know how to express how Steve was one of the nicest people in the world. He had such a kind heart and was a kind soul. He always had a smile on his face and was always able to put one ours as well. We grew up together with our sisters being best friends and I have so many great memories with Steve. God gained an angel and I'm sure he is spreading his love and joy to everyone above. Rest in peace Steve. You will be truly missed."
"I met Steve my sophomore year at Iowa in a small journalism pre-req discussion. From the second he sat down next to me until now (and inevitably forever) he has made an impression on my life. We stayed up late night after night "studying" but really we just talked - about everything. I felt very close to him then, and despite us moving on and apart we never stopped checking in. Last I saw him was a few years ago, and in the few days that we hung out it felt just as if we had never lost communication at all. I guess that's how he was with everyone he knew; a true friend. Despite years without seeing or talking to one another we were able to pick up where we left off. We always have. I will remember every talk we had. My heart breaks for his family. I hope they can move forward knowing that in 28 years he made an incredible impression on the world."
"Steve was my neighbor on Dubuque Street in Iowa City for 2 years in College. He was inviting and friendly from the first day we met. We spent a lot of time listening to music, talking, and hanging out on his patio. Hearing of his passing is very sad. He made every room brighter and was someone everyone wanted to be best friends with. My condolences to Steve's family. You raised one helluva guy. Thank you for sharing him with the world."
"I cannot explain why the ones taken from us to early maybe some of the best ones. I can promise he is amongst the best of them. It is too sad a life lost like his. My heart cries for all of you so close."
"We remember Steve as a kind, gentle, person who genuinely cared about anyone he knew. Of course, we remember Steve as a student and athlete, but he certainly was more than that to us. We had seen Steve several times over the past years, and he always made time to visit and ask how things were with us and our family. Our last visit was last fall (2013) after a Friday night football game. He came down on the field to congratulate Scott and then stayed to visit until the lights were turned out. We will remember Steve's kind and gentle heart shown to all whose lives he touched.
Scott and Kathy Rettey"
"I have known Steven for most of his life. Steven was like family to me. From running around volleyball gyms and being one of our biggest fans to discussing (and watching) music together. We shared conversations about the latest folk artist to check out and our love for being in nature. I watched him grow up into this beautiful person....inside and out. He was such a kind, sweet soul. Steve had this amazing quality to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room. His kindness was overflowing, his smile was contagious and his love for his family and friends was so evident. I will miss you Steve!"
"I just met Steve recently at a work event and was looking forward to working more closely with him and getting to know him better. He made such a great impression on me as a helpful, kind and enthusiastic young man and I know he will be missed by all of his loved ones."
"I was saddened to hear the news of Steve’s passing. I always enjoyed having Steve in my classroom and coaching him in sports. He was always happy and gave his all in everything he did. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
"Candles, love, and prayers for Steve and all of his family and friends! Heaven gained a very special Angel!!"
"For the 4 weeks Steve was at Frontier he had touched many lives and will not be be forgotten. He was so outgoing and always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers to the family!"
"Steve was one of the most kind people I knew in high school. During our art classes together, he never got weirded out by my relentless flirting! He was super cool to every and all of his peers. I was lucky enough to see him last weekend, and he offered to build my stage set for an upcoming show! I was so excited to get to work with him, and that he would be in Iowa City. I am completely wrenched with shock and sadness. He will be forever missed by all of us."
"I didn't know Steve personally, but this candle is for his family; specifically his sister Sara who is a great friend. Prayers with you all!"
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