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Stephen Francis DeRose

October 29, 1961March 16, 2020

Stephen Francis DeRose was born on October 29, 1961 in Berrien County, MI and passed away on March 16, 2020.


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Louise Sorce Hill

April 1, 2020

Sadness overwhelms me when I think of "little" Stephen gone from our lives. Such a precious person that was so warm and gentle, even as a little boy. I am so grateful that he has been a part of my life for so many years, having known him since he was a little boy- running around with all the other DeRose children at their Clay Street home, watching him enjoy the freedom of summers at Keeler Lake, and then later to join us in Santa Barbara. When I think of Steve I automatically also think of Jane, baby sister, who he always seemed to have in tow, always the gentle big brother. Steve was adorable, kind of shy, and had the sweetest crooked smile (thanks to a slight scar from Bonnie's St. Bernard dog!). I could always count on Stephen to let me fill his plate with a second helping of my spaghetti and meatballs! God bless Stephen for all the joy he gave to all of us! What a loss we must now bear.

Catherine Rustin

March 30, 2020

Stephen was a kind and loving brother, who thought of others first. He called on a regular basis and was very concerned with how Sam and I were doing.
I just wish I had been more aware of Stephen's health concerns and could have done more for him. I wish I had more time with Stephen and could share important things - like the gospel with him.
I love you so much Stephen and will miss you immensely.

Your sister,

Michael & Charlotte McIntosh

March 29, 2020

We were so saddened to learn of Stephen's death today. Stephen and Linda lived beside us for many years and were beloved neighbors. Stephen was always so kind and he so often stopped whatever he was doing when he saw us in the yard to come over and share some time, give love to our little dog, and share thoughts. Some neighbors are simply precious. We often heard how much he valued family and how important his annual trips across county to be with family were to him. Be happy in heaven, Stephen, please know joy.

Ettie Collins

March 29, 2020

I will miss sharing those Boney James Concerts with my Stephen. I became a jazz girl because of him. We shared some beautiful times together. My love for you and Stephen will forever be remembered. Think of only the good times. They make us smile.

Grace DeRose-Wilson

March 28, 2020

Sometimes I make lists of the people I need to call. Usually, I called Stephen first and spent so long talking I didn't have time to call anyone else.

Between phone calls I would send Stephen pictures of what I was doing. I sent him a picture of a shelf I built for my plants, which started a conversation about whether my bedroom walls were gold, yellow, or sienna. I sent him a short video of sheep shearing at my mom's this past January. He called with all sorts of questions about sheep shearing and to share memories of his visits. I sent him countless pictures of my bike rides, painting projects, visits with family, bonfires, and birthday cakes. These usually initiated a phone call where he would share memories, ask questions, and give paint advice.

Every few days I do something that I would have shared with Stephen. I would have sent him pictures of Miranda and Simon with their new bunnies and my first warm weather bike ride this spring. He would have called to tell me about a pet he had, or a bike ride he did, like the time he rode around an island with someone. I don't remember who, or the name of the island, but he told me about the beautiful weather and the beach, and how much fun it was.
Stephen loved Marcus Miller. He would randomly send me clips of Marcus Miller performances and recently told me how he hoped to go see a performance sometime. It's hard to imagine a world without Stephen. I'm glad I called and texted with him so regularly, especially over the past several years. I will miss his kindness, humor, expertise, and sharing stories, projects, family, and good food with him. The world seems a little darker. There is an emptiness with Stephen gone.

Christopher De Rose

March 27, 2020

I have had the good fortune to spend many, memorable times with my brother Stephen. The one that stands out is one that we recently spoke about on the phone.
It was in May,1980. Stephen was 18 and I was 24. We purchased tickets for the Toyota Formula one Grand Prix at are local Toyota car dealership. The next day, Saturday, we got up early and headed down, too Long Beach, leaving from Santa Barbara in my Silver Bullet. Stephen had affectionately given my car this name as a way of making fun of it because it was a bit of a clunker. Anyway,I don't recall us doing any planning.We were young and ready for adventure. After the time trials were over we drove all over the city trying to find a cheap motel to spend the night, but found that there where no vacancies. We keep driving to the next city and the next city but, they were all taken because of the race. We ended up in Palos Verdes and finally just sleep in the silver bullet. On race day, as we got closer and closer to the downtown area of Long Beach where the race was held right on the cities streets, our hearts began to beat really fast, The exhilaration, and intensity of the roaring engines screaming, and echoing off the high rise buildings was extremely exciting. Stephen was hooked! After that he had became a F1 aficionado. Going to other races and getting up every Sunday whatever the time to watch the race live ! I will greatly miss talking with him about the latest race.
Love you , Stephen!


Christopher De Rose

March 25, 2020

There are no words to express how wonderful of a brother Stephen was, not only to me but, to all of us.
He was one of a kind . Very kind and the Best brother ever.
I will miss him greatly.

Love forever, Stephen!


steve Skinner

March 25, 2020

Sue DeRose

March 25, 2020

I became a member of the DeRose family nearly 50 years ago and first met Stephen when he was just about 8 years old. Stephen was such a sweet & welcoming little boy and I always felt he genuinely was interested in knowing who I was. Stephen was a sweet,engaging & friendly little boy and those qualities remained a part of who he was that way throughout his adulthood.
He certainly enjoyed & loved all the people in his life, and was a big promoter of gathering family and good friends together for any reason. He took that very seriously.
I will always hold dear memories of times with Stephen: all the holidays with family, Smooth Jazz Cruises, DeRose family trips to Italy, University of Michigan football games we attended together, gatherings in Michigan at Bonnie’s farm, and oh so much more. It just won’t be the same knowing that he will not be here to enthusiastically be a part of future events.

Stephen, I will miss you so very much and pray for your eternal peace.

Bonita DeRose

March 22, 2020

Sweet Stephen a man who loved the company of family and friends above all else. A cooks delight, he loved most of all to eat delicious food with family. Such a tragedy to have him gone. The world is diminished. Stephen was the conductor that led every family event we held, always trying to make it more fun, more perfect. How will we go on without him? So sad we were not with him when he needed us.