Steven Clemens Szymanowski Jr.

February 2, 1973July 19, 2019

Steven Clemens Szymanowski, Jr., 46, of Grandview Heights, OH passed away the evening of July 19, 2019 in Columbus, OH after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born the son of Steven Sr. and Anita Szymanowski on February 2, 1973 in Fremont, OH, 43420.

Steve Jr. was a graduate of Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School (’91) making many friends and excelling on the football field leading to a full athletic scholarship to Kent State University graduating (’96) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. During his time at Kent State University, Steve made life-long friends and as a member of the Golden Flashes Football team won the Matt Ramser award given to a member of the program who best exemplifies courage, dedication, attitude and commitment. Steve was employed by Nationwide Financial where he was recognized with multiple awards for exemplary service during his 11 years of employment. He remained loyal to the Cleveland Brown’s throughout life and his biggest fan regret was not being able to witness a Brown’s Superbowl Championship. Highschool sweethearts, Steve and Carrie were inseparable throughout life and were married March 17th, 2011. Steve Jr. enjoyed spending time with family and friends and cherished his father daughter time with Erin most of all, often going out for special daddy-daughter dates.

Surviving are his wife, Carrie (Hart), and daughter; Erin Rose of Grandview Heights, OH, parents; Steven Sr. and Anita (Amor) Szymanowski, siblings; Amy (Jesse) Wenning, Andrew (Jessica) Szymanowski, nieces and nephew; Emma and Stella Wenning, Isla, Ellie, and Ethan Szymanowski, loved and deeply missed by extended family including aunts, uncles and cousins, mother in law; June Ann (Schmidt) Hart and the entire Hart family who loved Steve as one of their own. He was preceded in death by father in law, Gerald Hart, and grandparents, Clemens and Annarose (Spieldenner) Szymanowski, James and Marie (Widman) Amor, and cousin Aaron Amor.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 5:00 – 7:00 with a prayer service beginning at 7:00pm at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH, 43420. A Mass of Resurrection will be Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan Street, Fremont, OH, 43420. Rev. Michael Roemmele will be officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Precision Cancer Medicine in Medical Oncology Support Fund (Support Fund # 315680, in care of his wife, Carrie, for Erin’s Education, or a contribution of your choosing. While Steve’s cancer was advanced and aggressive, his family believes The James Cancer Center is making strides in Precision Medicine to benefit others. Special thanks to all of the wonderful care providers at Riverside Methodist Hospital, The James Cancer Center and in particular Dr. Emily Saul DO who encouraged and fought alongside Steve’s side every step of the way.



  • Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Vigil Service Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Mass of Resurrection Thursday, July 25, 2019


  • Burial


Steven Clemens Szymanowski Jr.

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Jordan McCamey

July 25, 2019

To Steve's family, I'm very sorry for your loss. It is sad that he left us so soon, way sooner than anyone would have expected.

Steve was one of the most genuine and kind people I've met in my life. He always came to work with a smile, and he put all of his heart into what he did. He was so eager to help anyone who needed assistance, and made sure they were confident before they left his desk. He was also just a pleasure to be around. His warmth and brightness were infectious.

I will miss him, as will the many others whose lives he impacted. Rest In Peace, Steve.

Martha Willis

July 24, 2019

Dear Anita and Steve,
I was sorry to hear that your son has passed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with and yours. Take care.
Martha Willis

Chad Kennedy

July 24, 2019

To all of Steve's family, may you all know what an amazing impact Steve had on so many of us at work. He was more than a co-worker, he was a great friend. He was so good at what he did and truly made all of us better. Carrie & Erin please know we are all here for you for anything you could ever need. He was a very proud dad, and just loved you both so much and it showed everyday. Our hearts go out to you all. We are all so sad at the loss of a great man and great friend. Just so unbelievable. Sending prayers and love to you all now and in the future. I'm going to miss his laugh and his humor so much. One of the best human's I've ever known!! May God comfort you all!!

LeAnn Griffith

July 23, 2019

Dear Carrie and Erin,
I am so sorry! This went so fast for all of us here at NW and I can't even image what you are going through right now. All I can say is I am praying for you and if you ever need anything we are still here for you. I know you don't know us but we are right down the street and would love to help in anyway we can.
Steve was one great guy and we all knew how much he loved you two. He is greatly missed here and I will be keeping you in my prayers for strength and comfort as you go through the hardest thing in your life. LeAnn

Jake Sours

July 23, 2019

I only worked with Steve for a couple of years at Nationwide. But, his kindness, warmth, and respect for people was evident in all his interactions with customers and colleagues. I'm very sad to hear of his passing today and my sincerest condolences to his family.

Joe Senessie

July 23, 2019

My friend, my colleague, my mentor, my brother, I love you and still at a loss of words on your passing. I always imagined the next time I see you would be to watch Erin’s soccer game. You are one of the best people I’ve had the honor to meet, work with and be around. Your selflessness is one of a kind. No matter how rough work was, you made it bearable. Whether it was saying “Wakanda Strong” or “Fly Eagles Fly” or “I know my Browns suck, but I’m feeling dangerous” you always knew how to lighten up the mood. Thank you everything you’ve done, coaching me, believing in me, letting me into your life and just being there. The world needs more people like you; you left us too soon. Your journey may have ended, but you’ve left your mark, and your legacy remains. Til we meet again.

Rest In Peace Sir Steven of House Szymanowski

Joshua Hewlett

July 23, 2019

I can't believe you're gone. Knowing that I'm not going to see you walk down these halls anymore, give a pat to your chest, saying, "She's a Skywalker, Joshie" or "Nothing but love, Joshie" pains me. When I think of you, I'll think of your smile and the joy you brought not just me but everyone. I'll think of the Steve Time Outs from net class; I think about your laugh; I'll think about our geek out sessions when we'd talk about Game of Thrones and Star Wars.

I know you're watching us and smiling. I know you'll be your wife and daughter's guardian angel. I know we'll see each other again. In the meantime, I'm going to remember you as you were. You'll never be forgotten; you, and your family, are in all of our hearts. I love you, bud.

William Hershey

July 22, 2019

Steve and Anita,
So sorry for your loss. You and your families are in our prayers.
Bill and Mary Hershey
Cumming, GA

Fr. Denny Hartigan

July 22, 2019

I clearly remember Steve from high school. He was a real character that could frustrate some, but more often than not would make me smile and laugh. He always seemed to be a whirlwind activity.
I will offer my Mass for the repose of his soul and the comfort of his family.
May he rest in the loving arms of Jesus

Vinnie Bayer

July 22, 2019

My heart and prayers are with you Carrie and Erin. Steve was a good friend who made me laugh. I enjoyed working with him and having talks. He truly loved you both. He's a good man with a heart of gold. I will miss him dearly and never forget him. I'm sure Blue met him at the rainbow bridge to guide him home. Much love to all of you.