OBITUARY

Stephen John Lazzaro

November 14, 1950January 11, 2020
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Stephen John Lazzaro, 69, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday, January 11, 2020. He bore the struggles of diabetes and heart disease with a quiet, stubborn bravery and he fought valiantly.

He was born November 14, 1950 in Houston, Texas to parents Camilla Boss and John Lazzaro. After graduating from St. Thomas High School, he joined the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and became a proud member of the Ross Volunteers. Later, he graduated Jump School as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, where he would meet the love of his life and give her his heart—but refuse to salute her even though she outranked him. With a fierce loyalty, he dedicated his life to his beloved family, working hard to ensure their success. He viewed life as a seasoned gambler by playing the game rather than the cards. Through every high and low he was dealt, he remained steadfast to his principles and guided his loved ones to make paramount their own character and values. With an insatiable passion for cooking, Stephen reveled in the family’s tradition of gathering annually to make some of the best Italian sausage around. The crown of his legacy and one of his proudest moments was welcoming his beautiful granddaughter, Sophia Rei Lazzaro, into this world.

He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, John and Camilla Lazzaro; his brother, Michael James Lazzaro, who passed away in January 2019; his Nana and PawPaw, Rosie and Steve Boss; his Lazzaro grandparents, Anna and John; his Godparents, Nancy and Tony Boss; his Boss and Lazzaro aunts and uncles; and cousins, Camilla Salvaggio and Rudy Miculka. He is survived by his dear wife, Marita; his daughter, Marie, and her husband, Nigel; his son, Nicholas, and his wife, Jane; his daughter, Christine; his sister, Virginia Moore, and her husband, Don; his nephew, John Moore, and his wife, Kimberlee; his nephew and Godson, Frank Moore, and his wife, Summer; his Boss and Lazzaro cousins; his Goddaughter, Jessica Visintainer; his Godson, Stephen Baranoski; his sister-in-law, Madelon Baranoski, and her husband Robert; his brother-in-law, Ferdi Visintainer, and his wife, Mary; his brother-in-law, Paul Visintainer, and his wife, Beth; his sister-in-law, Mariann Miller, and her husband, Tony; and his many Visintainer nieces and nephews.

We will welcome all family and friends who have known Stephen to join us as we celebrate him on Saturday, January 18th at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX. The 20 Club will lead The Rosary at 17:00, immediately following the Visitation. Deacon Louis Provenzano will follow with the Celebration of Life as we gather to honor Stephen’s memory. Remember, “leave the guns, take the cannoli.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Diabetes Association.

PLEASE NOTE: All southbound travelers must exit I-45 at Exit 25, Nasa Road 1/528, stay on the feeder and take the first exit into the cemetery, as the main entrance off Exit 23, FM 518 is closed due to construction.

Services

18 January

Visitation

4:00 pm

Forest Park East Funeral Home

21620 Gulf Freeway
Webster, Texas 77598

18 January

Rosary

5:00 pm

Forest Park East Funeral Home

21620 Gulf Freeway
Webster, Texas 77598

18 January

Celebration of Life

5:30 pm

Forest Park East Funeral Home

21620 Gulf Freeway
Webster, Texas 77598

Memories

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Vi Ho

January 18, 2020

Dear Marita and family,
We always remember Steve's kindness, positive outlook in life, gentleness, beautiful smile, and our "last super" dinner together at the lake house.

Steve is forever in our hearts.

Vi and Dominic Ho

Roz Pactor

January 17, 2020

Dear Marita, Christine, Marie, Nick, Virginia and the entire Lazzaro/Boss family.........I am so deeply saddened to hear of the death of Stephen John. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I am so sorry that I am unable to make it to the Saturday service as I am working during that time. Please know that all of you have been in my thoughts and prayers and will remain there most definitely. I feel that I have lost a member of my family and have many fond memories of our times together. God bless you all......Love, Roz, Alan and the Pactor family.

Cancer Prevention Team MD Anderson Cancer Center

January 17, 2020

Marita,

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Robin, Tilu, Zohra, Wendy, Ana, Anie, Aimee, Litty, Ann, Sonya & Chana

Kathy Lusher

January 17, 2020

Dear Lazzaro Family,

I send you my heartfelt condolences and wish you heartfelt love in this time of loss. I'm looking at a print of a friend's painting of the Italian countryside and it's reminding me of Stephen.

All my love,
Kathy

Berenice O'Rourke

January 17, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Stephen, he was a truly lovely man and we feel so privileged to have met him.

We are a long way away, but love you all and sending that love and hugs across the Atlantic. We just want you all to know we are thinking of you.

Marie, please give our condolences and love to the rest of your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

The O'Rourke Clan

Theresa Hundt

January 17, 2020

I'm so sorry. So much love to all of you.

Cousin Theresa

Suzanne Day

January 17, 2020

We hope you find some comfort during this sad time, knowing that you have each other.

Marie, Nick and Christine, please look after Marita. She means the world to so many of us.

Suzanne & Peter Day

Jessica Visintainer

January 17, 2020

Remembering Uncle Steve's smile and bear hugs and cherishing, even more, our last visit. Sending all of you love, prayers and support.

All my love,
Jessica

Bob & Lee Popiak

January 16, 2020

Our memories begin in the early 1990’s after relocating from Pa to Texas. We knew no one but quickly found ourselves being welcomed by the entire Lazzaro family. Since then, we have gathered for holidays, meals, desserts, plays, & a formal or two. We have also watched fireworks and gone crabbing at Taylor Lake, been introduced to ‘crawfish boils’ and Italian sausage making. We’ve motored out to Landry’s in Stephen’s ‘Grady White ‘ only to turn around challenging the boats ability to remain afloat with both fams aboard. There was the occasional card night, drinks by the pool and bay, drinks & jazz at the Cross Eyed Seagull & other clubs in Houston. There was also the Polish Christmas in July.
Who could forget the trips!!!! Both fams rafting down the Guadalupe in New Braunfels staying at the Jonny Newcombes Tennis Ranch- the kids were so young! We also had a wonderful weekend in San Antonio seeing the Alamo, el Mercado, & the riverwalk for the first time. Vegas, another first for us, a hoot from beginning to end, especially pushing the car across the highway!! How we laughed!! More recently, we traveled to Tahoe to ski, this time a first for Stephen & Marita -which didn’t end well for Marita’s knee!
But what exciting, memorable and often hilarious adventures we’ve had together. How lucky we are to have such great friends in our lives!!

Derwood Freitag

January 16, 2020

I have great memories of Steve not only at St. Thomas but at A&M as well. We were both in the Corps but in different outfits and busy being “fish” our freshman year for our paths to cross. What I remember the most about him was his motivation. He “earned” his way onto several Corps organizations such as Rudders Rangers, Wings and Sabers and may have even been a Ross Volunteer, the most prestigious unit in the Corps. He was also a member of University organizations such as SCONA, a nationally known organization on National Affairs and MSC Aggie Cinema. Steve made the most of his time at both St. Thomas and A&M which I’m sure served him well for many years. He will be missed but never forgotten. I’ll be sure to answer “Here” for him at Aggie Muster this year.
Steve and his family will be in my prayers.

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