Please see below for Steven's celebration of life event.

This memorial website was created in memory of our Dad, Steven Yapelli, 64 years old, born on September 12, 1955 and passed away on January 14, 2020. We will remember and love him forever.

Celebration of Life 
January 19th 2020
Maggiano's Little Italy 
1901 E Woodfield Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60140
4:30pm-8pm
Service - 5pm
Dinner following service 

**Additionally, we invite anyone attending the service to come representing their favorite sports team. Brewers and Cardinals not welcome. Kidding...kind of.**

Please share this link steven-michael-yapelli.forevermissed.com and please feel free to add pics and your personal tributes/stories of our Dad, Steve. ♥️
Posted by Mary Warzynski on January 19, 2020
So very sorry to hear. Your Dad was much too young. Hugs to you, Carrie, Kimmie Laura and Mike XOXOXOXO.
Mary
Posted by J P on January 19, 2020
Good memories include cruising Harlem in the Corvair, the frequent visits to Maywood Park, and the vacations to Carbondale and Ft. Lauderdale.  Condolences to the family.
Posted by Joe Scaramuzzi on January 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. We grew up together playing ball all day at Riis Park, then bowling in the winter. Steve was our leader and pushed us to all be better. Made our first trip to Vegas together back in 76. He was a goof but in a good way. Even though I haven’t seen him for a while, I shall miss him. I am so sorry for your loss and am glad to see he enjoyed his family.
Posted by Joe Sebestyen on January 17, 2020
I hope the joy of remembering soon overcomes your sorrow. Steve was a great friend that I met in high school. We enjoyed playing all sports with our buddies from the Riis Park neighborhood. Steve was a real competitor and loved a challenge. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Posted by Jack Clancy on January 17, 2020
My sincere condolences to your family. Steve was good friend for many years. Hard to put into words how much I will miss him. I can only hope that he will be watching out for all of us, especially his family and the Cubs. GCG!!!!
Posted by Frank Novotny on January 16, 2020
Sorry to here my uncle passed havent kept in touch after grandma katherine passed ill always remember the time we had years ago my mom steves sister patricia sends condolences also

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Posted by Mary Warzynski on January 19, 2020
So very sorry to hear. Your Dad was much too young. Hugs to you, Carrie, Kimmie Laura and Mike XOXOXOXO.
Mary
Posted by J P on January 19, 2020
Good memories include cruising Harlem in the Corvair, the frequent visits to Maywood Park, and the vacations to Carbondale and Ft. Lauderdale.  Condolences to the family.
Posted by Joe Scaramuzzi on January 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. We grew up together playing ball all day at Riis Park, then bowling in the winter. Steve was our leader and pushed us to all be better. Made our first trip to Vegas together back in 76. He was a goof but in a good way. Even though I haven’t seen him for a while, I shall miss him. I am so sorry for your loss and am glad to see he enjoyed his family.
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Shared by Frank Novotny on January 31, 2020
Hi iam frank novotny steves nephew lost touch years ago sooy to here he passed Michael or steves daughters please call me 931 952 5490

Young Friends

Shared by Mike Pusateri on January 17, 2020
I met Steve when I moved into the St John Bosco/Riis Park neighborhood in 1965. As Joe Scaramuzzi pointed out in the tributes, he was our leader. I was a bit of a rival because we were both pretty good athletes. But Steve had that competitive killer instinct that I didn’t have. And he had great self-confidence. We hung together off and on through grade school, high school, college and young adult years.We lost touch for a while but were brought back together through softball. One of the pictures on this site shows Steve with one of his kids on his shoulder wearing our 1990 Park Ridge championship windbreaker that I still have.

As life moves on we have lost touch. But I think of Steve often because he was such a large figure in my young life. He was not college educated but probably one of the smartest guys I know. Life did not hand him a good set of cards to play with as a young guy. Family structure was shaky and he lost his parents way to young. So I think he struggled with direction. But made the most out of the cards he was handed.And he found a woman in Debbie that gave him the structure he needed in those years.

I think the last time I saw Steve was when he was coaching his girls’ softball team in Park Ridge and I was an opposing coach. As was typical of Steve, he had his practices down to a science. He had fellow dads managing each practice station as he stood back, gave direction and watched. He was like Tom Sawyer getting all his friends to paint his fence while he played. As I said, he was a great leader. If he had a nurturing childhood with a solid family structure he probably would have wound up as a CEO of some company.

So it has been a while since I last saw Steve. So sorry to hear of his passing. Way to young. May he rest in peace.

Crescent ave memories!

Shared by Mary Daly on January 17, 2020
What wonderful memories Rick and I have from our years on Crescent ave in Park Ridge. Steve was always the ring leader as one of the kids. He was fun, spontaneous and very generous. We treasure those years and send our condolences on the loss of your great dad