Steven Michael Samberg

December 21, 1982May 22, 2018
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Steven M. Samberg, passed unexpectedly on May 22, 2018. He was born Dec. 21, 1982 in Duluth, MN.

Steve was a point guard on the 2001 statebound basketball team and a Denfeld graduate. He was currently employed as a supervisor at VERSO. Many will remember Steve as a loving and devoted son and father. He loved spending time with his children, Chloe & Luke; they were his world. Steve was passionate about sports and children; he loved coaching his kids and others' in basketball, football, soccer, t-ball and softball. He also loved fishing with his children and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Glenn & Patricia Samberg; and step-brother, Andy Downs.

Steve will be greatly missed by his parents, Kathy & Peter Downs; children, Chloe & Luke and their mother, Heidi; step-sister, Stephanie (Joe) Husemoller; grandparents, M. George & Barbara Downs; aunts & uncles, Sandy Johnson, Mike (Patty), Debbie Jones, Jim (Susan); many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. A Memorial Gathering will take place Tuesday, May 29th from 4-8 p.m. with remembrances at 7 p.m. at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W., Duluth.

Interment will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 11a.m. at Oneota Cemetery.


  • Kathy Downs, Mother
  • Peter Downs, Father
  • Chloe Samberg, Daughter
  • Luke Samberg, Son
  • Stephanie (Joe) Husemoller, Step-Sister
  • M. George Downs, Grandfather
  • Barbara Downs, Grandmother
  • Glenn Samberg, Grandfather
  • Patricia Samberg, Grandmother
  • Andy Downs, Step-Brother
  • Steven is also survived by his aunts & uncles, Sandy Johnson, Mike (Patty), Debbie Jones, Jim (Susan); many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

  • Michael Samberg, Active Pallbearer
  • James Samberg, Active Pallbearer
  • Andrew Samberg, Active Pallbearer
  • Dylan Samberg, Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Krall, Active Pallbearer
  • Garret Glanville, Active Pallbearer


  • Memorial Gathering Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Steven Michael Samberg

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Hennessey Bilges

September 2, 2018

Steve was like a dad to me always giving me crap.. He gave me the nickname legend. He was such a great person, an amazing dad to his kids. He lived right next to me so I saw him everyday atleast a hundred times a day and now it’s weird not seeing him. Steve I’m going to miss playing horse with you and playing basketball in general. When Steve would walk into a room he would just make the mood change.. R.I.P. STEVEO I MISS YOU EVERYDAY 😭😭❤️❤️❤️

Lorraine Rock

June 1, 2018

My heart aches. But knowing your universal respect for individuals made you a bringer in jollity is how I'll always remember you.

Lisa Yamry

May 29, 2018

Krsistine Krall

May 27, 2018

Kristine Krall

May 27, 2018

Matthew Nlack

May 25, 2018

Steve was the closest thing I had to a brother growing up . I remember the first day I met him after moving to Duluth in 6th grade. For some reason Kathy let him come to west Duluth, But guessing, Kathy didn’t know. He was at the old deep hole with us. And from that moment we hit it off. He came back to my house that night, and if anyone remembers the old deep hole you need to shower right after. He took the first shower but he didn’t close the curtain all the way, and water started pouring down in the kitchen. Well from then we were brothers. From him staying at my house almost every night because my mom had daycare food, or his house because his mom bought tombstone pizzas. We had so much in common. We both loved sports, girls and we both didn’t have dads. We always talked about how we would be the best dad. Well he lived up to that! Also thanks to him and his advice I married my wife. I remember him telling me, if you don’t marry her I will.

Steve you will never for be gotten. You were the coolest guy I have ever known. Also, thank you for your quick wit, if it wasn’t for you and your smarts we both know we should have got kicked out of umd basketball camp.

Jason Fure

May 25, 2018

I met Steve at church. First time I saw Steve, I specifically remember, he was wearing an all out suit coat. He had the vest and all. Right there I knew he was a fella who liked to represent in style. I remember him walking down to the alter to give his life to Jesus at one point. We became buddies after a time hanging out & played basketball league together & lot of pick up basketball games with friends. During and through hardships we would talk and I know the road was not always rosy, but Steve was a fighter keeping his head up high & always stayed positive. I know he loved nothing more than to be with his kids. The way Steve glowed around his kids was clear! They both looks much like him. His sons eyes sparkles with love for his daddy every time I saw them together.

Steve, you will be missed brother. You were a good man, genuine in all you did, honest, talented, and giving, and it's incredibly heartbreaking to see you leave this earth so quickly. I truly wish with all of me that I had been a better friend, had paid closer attention, and kept better in touch with you. I know that we will all see you again in the afterlife in heaven. I pray for your closest of friends, family- especially your little ones. Good bye friend.

Lisa Yamry

May 25, 2018

He was a wonderful friend not only to me but to many. He was a great friend, coach and guy to both my kids. He loved them and would do anything for them. He was a great person at heart and was a sweet man to have in my life and I'm grateful I was able to be part of his life. I loved you and cared so much about you. I love you and will never forget you. RIP boo.

Bridget Kinsley

May 24, 2018

Dave LeGarde

May 24, 2018

I got to coach Steve at Denfeld. Great leader and a wonderful teammate. Always positive, working hard and having fun.