Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA


Stephen Andrew Josefek

April 23, 1956February 2, 2020

EAST FREETOWN- Stephen A. Josefek 63, of East Freetown, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020 at home surrounded by his close family and friends after a courageous battle with Cancer. Throughout his illness, he never once felt sorry for himself, but rather felt bad for those around him that he would leave behind. Spending time with friends and family was a priority.

Throughout his illness, he always kept upbeat and positive. His favorite place besides his home was the Little Phoenix restaurant where he had many friends whom he cared deeply for. He was a devoted husband and business partner to his loving wife Sharon. He loved riding motorcycles, picking wild mushrooms, cooking, playing guitar, and collecting antiques. He loved family trips to his cottage in New Hampshire spending time fishing, and playing ice hockey with his son Dante. He spent his entire career working for himself in the real estate and construction business where he always treated people with respect and honesty.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Frank J. Josefek, and Elena (Susi) Josefek. In addition to his wife Sharon and his son Dante, he leaves behind, his brother Michael Josefek, and wife Jacqueline, a sister Linda Hickney and her husband James, nieces Ericka (Josefek) Osswald, and her husband Chad, Michele (Josefek) Seyez, and her husband Jeff, Jennifer Hickney, nephew Nathan Hickney, and wife Kristen, great nephews Tyler Osswald, Ryan Osswald, Jaxson Seyez, his loving mother-in-law Helen Souza, brothers-in-law Robert Souza, and Steven Souza, nephews Timothy Souza and wife Stephanie, and Robert Souza , great nephews Nolan Souza and Liam Souza, his last living uncle Charles Williams, and many cousins and friends too numerous to mention here who have been close to him over the years.

We wish to especially thank his life long pals Gary Harwood, Peter Sarkes, Jon Josefek, and Albert Lagesse, who visited with him right to the end.

His Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00PM in the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745 for all to attend. Burial private.

In lieu of flowers, In memory of Stephen, donations to the National Brain Tumor Society, Defeat GBM in his name would be greatly appreciated. 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA. 02458 or www.braintumor.org


22 February

Visiting Hours

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd.
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745


  • Burial Private


Stephen Andrew Josefek

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Jackie Josefek

February 17, 2020

To a great brother-in-law. They don't come any better than you Steve. When I think of you and that great smile of yours, and all the great times we all spent together at your house, it makes me happy. Those times were great.
You were a great Uncle to both my daughters and I thank you for that. You will always be in all of our thoughts. We will miss you very much. You are at peace now. With love, your sister-in-law, Jackie.
PS. I hope you find a whole field of mushrooms in heaven!

Jennifer Hickney

February 17, 2020

To my sweet Uncle Steve: I have this memory of you, standing over the friolaters at Sharon’s Drive-In on a thousand-degree summer night. You were wrapped like a mummy up to your shoulders and neck in brutally hot gauze to keep the poison ivy in and said, with your signature smirk and a shrug that, “hey, this is life, kid”. That really stuck with me. And, it struck me again when you said the same thing about this whole unbelievable situation. This is life. I can’t tell you how much your take it in stride, grateful for what we have, courageous, positive attitude, especially over the last several months, has impacted me. You are one of the warmest, biggest-hearted people I’ve ever known. Thank you for always being so sweet, generous with your time, knowledge and skills, and always there to help when we needed you. I’ll be over here making a mess of painting projects, keeping up the mushrooming tradition, and making your recipes for the rest of my life. I love you and will miss you greatly. Love always, Jenny.

John & Margaret Carreiro

February 17, 2020

While living on Morton Ave. in the 1960's ,we became close friends with the Josefek family. It is sad to see the passing of Steve. Our memories go back to the 60's when he was a sweet young boy and later grew into a kind and gentle man.
Accept our sympathy at this sad time.

John and Margaret Carreiro

James Hickney

February 16, 2020

Great Brother-in-Law. Good friend. Someone I could count on. I love you Brother! 🙏

Nathan Hickney

February 16, 2020

February 2nd was a very sad day for anyone who ever had the great pleasure of knowing our Uncle Steve. We are all truly lucky to have had such a kind-hearted soul in our lives. The world was simply a better place with him here, and it is unfortunate that we had to let him go far sooner than we would have wanted.

For this to make any sense at all, we must believe that his big heart, wonderful character and abundant love was needed more desperately elsewhere. We can take some comfort in believing that our hearts and lives are not the last things he will influence, and maybe his path is just beginning.

We love you, Uncle Steve, you will be missed.

Rest peacefully.
Nathan & Kristen

Linda Hickney

February 15, 2020

Steve, my awesome Brother. I have not yet come to terms with the news of your diagnosis from last January and yet, somehow, find myself here. Your words were clear… “don’t feel bad for me.” It was the pain that your loved ones were going to feel that was of a higher concern to you. Typical, unselfish, Steve. The down to Earth, regular, sweetheart of a guy. The one who thought an old "something or other" was way better than any new one could be. You were loving, thoughtful, protective, kind, generous, and much-loved. You will always be “one in a billion” to me. I will miss hearing you call me “kid” and hearing you finish a conversation or sum up a visit with one of your favorite words: "Anyhoo…." I will remember the caring visits and help you provided to Ma and Dad when they were sick. I will remember the good times and conversations we've had, many, in fact, occurring at Ma's house while she was sick. I will remember your delicious cooking and cherish the memory of the day we made Ma's spaghetti sauce together. I remember how you could always whip up something good to eat when it seemed there was nothing in the house to start with. I will tightly hold onto and cherish each and every memory I have of you and remember you with great love. I will keep a watch over your beautiful wife and your most-prized and precious son; both of whom showed great love in your end time care. I am broken that you have left us way too soon. But I am relieved that your suffering is over. You fought the battle without complaint, and somehow displayed an amazing, courageous and admirable attitude while doing so. I love you, my brother! And I will love and miss you forever. Rest peacefully. I know you’re in the arms of a merciful & loving God. xox

Nina Lafferty

February 15, 2020

Dear Sharon and Danny,
Steve will be missed by so many - he was always there to lend a hand and his self-deprecating sense of humor always made you laugh.
Cancer may have taken his life, but his spirit lives on in the memories and people whose lives he touched.
Rest in Peace, dear friend.

With love, from Mark & Nina Lafferty and family

Dorothy Pepin

February 13, 2020

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Sharon and Danny.We have had a long happy relationship with Ellie and Frank.Stephen was a special person,he did a excellent job painting our son Steve’s apartment and went beyond what he had to do.A few weeks ago I talked to Stephen telling him I wanted to make him his mother’s special dish spaghetti and meatballs unfortunately I waited to long. We will never forget how brave you were coming to our sons Steve’s memorial mass.May God bless you and wrap his arms around you and rest in eternal peace

Rochelle Bonville

February 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family my parents have always been close to the Josefek’s.Stephen was a great guyhe has helped my brothers and nephew out a lot through the years.Celabrate his life and keep his memories close to your hearts may he Rest In Peace.

Kim Bettencourt

February 10, 2020

Sharon and Danny we are so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. All the years we've known each other I always enjoyed talking with Steve and loved to talk with him about Danny playing hockey. I had the pleasure of standing beside him a few times at the rink while Danny was playing and he would be beaming with pride. My thoughts are with you both and please, if there's anything you need please let me know. Love Kim, Myles and Morgan 💔