Stephen A. Gostowski II

October 29, 1930February 10, 2013
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Stephen A. Gostowski II, 82, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1930 in Whittington, IL, the son of the late Stephen and Mary (Snizek) Gostowski, Sr. He married Opal I. Wilkerson in DuQuoin, IL in 1955 and she preceded him in death in 1995.

Mr. Gostowski was a resident of Springfield most of his life. He retired from FS Growmark in 1994 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post #32 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 15014. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean war.

He is survived by a son Stephen (wife Judy) Gostowski III of Glenshaw, PA; 2 daughters, Debora (husband Mike) Biggers of Springfield, and Diane (husband Craig) Thorpe of Glenarm, IL; 7 grandchildren, Keith McComas, Jeremiah and Lucas Biggers, Kristen and Tyler Thorpe, and Evan and Matthew Gostowski; 4 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Allyson, Morgan, and Odin. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Edward Gostowski of Washington, IL, and Lawrence Gostowski of Benton, IL. Several cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Ted Gostowski, and a sister Mary Bryan.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield, where visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013 from 4 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:30 am, with Rev. Greg Busboom officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with military honors provided by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the U.S. Army.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Springfield, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 15, 2013

Stephen A. Gostowski II

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Sharon & Ernie Ball

February 17, 2013

Diane & Family: Our sincerest symphathy goes out to you at this time. May all the joys and good times you spent with your father help to lift you up and carry you through this sad time. Your in our thoughts.

February 14, 2013

Dear Steve, Judy, Evan & Matthew,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father/grandfather. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that Steve's dad is now happy in Heaven with Steve's mom. Take care,
Joe, Mary Jo, Kyle, Jess, & Molly Goldcamp

Anita Brown

February 14, 2013

Deb, sorry to here about your dad. When things settle a little, we should get together. you are in my prayers

Scott Ashton

February 13, 2013

Debbie, Mike I am very sorry for the loss of your father. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you both during this very difficult time.

Gretchen Short

February 12, 2013

Dear Steve, Judy, Evan, Matthew and Gostowski family,

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Please know that we will pray for the repose of your father's soul and for all who loved him to feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit at this time of sadness and loss. May your faith give you strength. Trust in the promises of the Risen Lord and our belief in life everlasting. With sympathy, love and hugs, Mike, Gretchen, Chris and Kolbe