A celebration of Steven's life will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Richmond Hill, Shelter No. 4, Geneseo, with comments presented by his family at 5:30 p.m. Casual dress is requested. Per his request, cremation rites will be accorded. Vandemore Funeral Homes, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Steven was born June 17, 1951, in Geneseo, the son of Don and Barbara Wilkey Gradert. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School. He married Rebecca Richardson, the love of his life (and hers), on Jan. 10, 1998, in Geneseo. The last words he spoke, he said to her, "I love you forever."
Steven worked as a journeyman millwright, working for several companies throughout the United States. He was a talented and avid baseball player. He was a White Sox fan and a spirited debater, especially when it came to politics. His favorite pastime was reading, especially history books.
His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, always reading to them and teaching them. He was actively involved in his youngest daughter's (Sidney) life and took great care in diligently raising her. He was extremely proud of his children's accomplishments and loved them dearly.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca; four daughters, Paula Gradert, Jennifer Garrity (John), Andover, Meredith (Matt) Burcham, Denver, Colo., and Sidney Gradert, Geneseo; two sons, Derek (Maggie) Gradert and Kelley (Kari) Gradert, of Moline; eight grandchildren, Alaina, Phoebe, Emalee, Aidan, Jonas, Andre, Halle and Emma; two sisters, Jeanne Taylor and Chris Ingram, and a brother, Jeff Gradert, all of Venice, Fla; several nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends, Pete, John, and Bill. Steve was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Cory; and one brother, Mike.
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