ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Steve Rotunno, 66 years old, born on May 13, 1954, and passed away on February 17, 2021. Please share your memories, favorite story about Steve, or a picture of him, for all of us to cherish as our love for him remains forever in our hearts.
Posted by William H. Mee on April 1, 2021
On behalf of the Agua Fria Village Association (AFVA) our deepest condolences to Steve's family and friends. Although Steve only lived in the Agua Fria Village, New Mexico, a short time with his family and then moved back to Michigan, his family has been an instrumental part of our Community. Mom, Martha and dad Roberto supported the AFVA in so many ways. Hmmm, Martha's cookies! Best of all they gave us Gilda Montano our current and invaluable Secretary of the Association. RIP Steve.
Posted by Chris Filcek on March 19, 2021
Became friends with Steve 20 years ago when we worked together at Exhibit Works , a few years later we become roommates and were like brothers, he was the big brother I never had and loved ❤ his friendship even a decade later after moving back to my hometown, prayers and God bless him ❤
Posted by Tom Lochinski on March 12, 2021
Steve was a great guy. He always had licorice and treats to share when he joined us golfing. Will miss his companionship and jokes on the lynx.
Posted by Kevin Yudt on March 11, 2021
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 Steve was a man other men look up too. When my daughter broke her femur, Steve was the first person to jump in to assist. Due to her being in a spike cast she was not able to sit in a chair. Steve handcrafted a beautiful table she could ride up to so we still could all eat together. He will be missed as I know he meant a lot to so many.
Posted by Dewie Smith on March 8, 2021
Our prayers are with the family during these difficult days ahead. God bless you all.
Posted by Kathleen Carillo on March 7, 2021
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. Prayers for comfort and healing may his memory live on forever he raised such a wonderful daughter Stephanie. Sending you hugs .
God Bless you all
Posted by James Darlington on March 7, 2021
Steve and I are the oldest and was great to be around. We had much in common. Always was a friend. Never at a loss for a good conversation. Bye Steve, will be seeing you.
                 Jim
Posted by Matthew Bobby on March 5, 2021
One of the best men I had the pleasure to know.
Posted by Joanna Rotunno on March 5, 2021
Sending my love and deepest condolences to family & close friends. You will be missed very much. May you rest in peace. I know your son will keep you busy.

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Posted by William H. Mee on April 1, 2021
On behalf of the Agua Fria Village Association (AFVA) our deepest condolences to Steve's family and friends. Although Steve only lived in the Agua Fria Village, New Mexico, a short time with his family and then moved back to Michigan, his family has been an instrumental part of our Community. Mom, Martha and dad Roberto supported the AFVA in so many ways. Hmmm, Martha's cookies! Best of all they gave us Gilda Montano our current and invaluable Secretary of the Association. RIP Steve.
Posted by Chris Filcek on March 19, 2021
Became friends with Steve 20 years ago when we worked together at Exhibit Works , a few years later we become roommates and were like brothers, he was the big brother I never had and loved ❤ his friendship even a decade later after moving back to my hometown, prayers and God bless him ❤
Posted by Tom Lochinski on March 12, 2021
Steve was a great guy. He always had licorice and treats to share when he joined us golfing. Will miss his companionship and jokes on the lynx.
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Robert Steven Rotunno Obituary

Robert Steven Rotunno, age 66, was born on May 13, 1954 in Saginaw, Michigan. On February 17, 2021, he left this world to enter Heaven’s Gate to be with Our Lord and those who preceded him in death including his son, Angelo Gilbert Rotunno (2019), his father, Robert Amadeo Rotunno (2017), his brothers, Angelo Eric Rotunno (1966) and Gilbert Joseph Rotunno (1979).

Steve resided in Westland, Michigan with Sharon Voss, his loving companion of 14 years. Steve and Sharon shared their love of sports and wore matching jerseys, t-shirts, and sweatshirts of their favorite teams while attending their grandchildrens’ sporting events in Michigan and New Mexico. There was never any doubt that Steve’s favorite team was the Detroit Tigers.

Michigan was where Steve called “home” most of his life, and where he spent the past 34 years golfing, fishing, and working in his shop. In recent years, he spent one week each summer with his family on Lake Michigan enjoying ice cream and telling stories by the campfire. His memories of growing up in Agua Fria Village in Santa Fe were never in short supply and he loved sharing his favorite green and red chile dishes with anyone willing to try them. Steve was known to take green chile with him almost everywhere he went to eat and the “hotter the better.”

Steve’s love for woodwork and woodcarving echoes in the detail of everything he made – from hand-carved signs and finely crafted cabinets to crown molding and custom-made furniture...anything you could imagine or ask for, Steve was the best at it.

Steve always made everyone feel welcome and when he picked on you, you knew it was out of love. Anytime you asked Steve how he was, without skipping a beat, he would say, “grumpy and ornery as ever.”

Steve is survived by his mother, Martha Luna Rotunno; his stepmother, Elsy Mae Trujillo Rotunno; his daughters, Lisa Armijo (Armando), Stefanie Rotunno (Abdiel), and Lucia Rotunno; his daughter-in-law, Joanna Rotunno; his sisters, Cindy Mount (Jeff), Lorraine Rotunno, Nancy Rotunno, and Gilda Montano (Tomas); his stepsister, Lenora Anatra (Robert); his grandchildren, Isaiah Armijo, Isaac Armijo, Isabell Avard, Eden Rodriguez, Joseph Armijo, and Luciano Rodriguez; his stepchildren, William Voss II (Dena), April Bobby (Matt), and Amber Mitchell (Jeff); his stepgrandchildren, William Voss III, Madisyn Bobby, Owen Voss, Jacob Bobby, Molly Mitchell, and Jeffrey Mitchell.

Steve was loved and will be missed by his family and friends, neighbors and those he adopted and called “family.” There will be a celebration honoring his memory in Michigan and in New Mexico. Details will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Animal Humane, Kidney Research, or a non-profit organization of your choosing in Steve's name.
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Shared by Dewie Smith on March 8, 2021
I met Steve for the first time about 10 years ago at one of the Mitchell family gatherings.  He was so easily to talk to and get to know it felt like i new him forever. He played on the Ford golf league and it was always a pleasure to play with him. I host a golf outing every year for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and he was always a supporter that's just the kind of guy he was always wanting to help out. I will miss my friend and i will always cherish the memories we shared. God Bless you my friend.
Shared by Lorraine Rotunno on March 5, 2021
 I thank God that I was able to spend that time with Stevie. We had alot of fun in the short time I was there. He and I share childhood stories, laughed and cried together. We stilled had the same love of cars and horses. The one memories that will always make me smile is the one when  I still lived in Saginaw. He was spending the night and kept me up asking me for water. His mother and father taught him to say " Hey man aqua". He kept that up it seemed like forever. I finally got tired of it and told him hey man there's no more aqua go to sleep. I wish that I could just hear him say it one more time. Stevie was a great guy a great friend and a great cousin. I will miss him dearly. Cousin Tim Rotunno

The single best lesson

Shared by Gregory Morrow on March 5, 2021
I had the pleasure of briefly knowing Steve. I say brief because in comparison to a life time, it was. Steve came into my life by way of a relationship long past and memories aged but never forgotten. I have had the distinct honor to learn a great many things from a great many people. In that way, amongst others, I have been blessed.

But, the single greatest lesson I have ever truly learned and the one that I have carried with me and daily use more than any other, came from a very brief conversation shared in a car with Steve Rotunno. 

I was 17 I believe. Not exposed to much (of which looking back at some of the exposures to date...perhaps was a good thing). We were riding in his car, crossing Canada in search of what I was assured to be the best fish. Upon further inspection...that accolade was somewhat suspect. Anyhow, as we made our way, a conversation broke out about construction. That topic had carried on for about 10 minutes or in 17 year old time...3 hours, when a single thought, made of only a few sentences, came out. At the time I thought little about it, except for perhaps it resonating somehow more perfect and distinctly than what my own father had spent a lifetime of shop time trying to convey to me. Steve said as follows: 

“Any body can wind up on a job without the right tool. You don’t know what you don’t know. And I don’t mind at all lending you the tool for a day...but at the end of that day, the only place you need to be is down at the store getting that tool. Always make sure you have the right tool for the job and it’s part of your job to get the right tool if you don’t have it” . That’s it.

That’s all that was said.

We went on to get fish. 

Throughout my life, both in good times and in bad, I have from time to time thought back to what a powerful metaphor that is. Always have the right tool and if you don’t have it...acquire it. 

I know that there is a lifetime of legacy and memories and hope and love that will spring forth from this beautiful tribute page. I also know that my contribution, feelings and or connection, pale in comparison to perhaps every other author. But sometimes there comes along a moment that gives a stage to try to honestly thank someone and in some small way share a love and appreciation for, that otherwise would go an eternity unspoken. So for what it’s worth...this is my time for this great man. 

It was an honor to know you. It was a lesson in life to get to spend time with you. And as perhaps inappropriately measured or foolish as it may seem when placed within the memories of those closest to him, that time...as time passes...continues to grow in impact and those little bits of lessons continue to shape the life of me. 

Thank you Steve...
Rest easy. 

Greg