Condolence & Memory Journal

I want to offer my sympathy and prayers for Steve's family. He was a wonderful help at Chambers with my parents' funeral. What a blessing for us and for the Chambers family.

Posted by David Watson, SJ - Detroit, MI   April 30, 2020

Steve was a very good man who represented the very best of St. Ignatius High School's alumni.

It was always good to see Steve at the Irish Festival, the funeral home, Ignatius or anywhere else.

Our deepest sympathy to Steve's family.

The coronavirus prevented us from attending the wake or funeral.

Terry and Maureen Gravens

Posted by Maureen and Terry Gravens - Rocky River, OH   March 25, 2020

Dear Fran and the entire Tirpak Family-

How sorry we are to hear of Steve's passing. As each of you know, he was a great guy --- always looking to help whoever he could especially in times when our loved ones passed away. His chosen career of being a Funeral Director was not just his job, it was his passion -- and he utilized every skill he had to be the best, even outside of the workplace.

The memorial film that you put together about his life was truly a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. All the family photos told a story of a person with a very successful and special life. Keep the memories of Steve --- his words, actions, thoughts, helpful hints, his smile and laugh --- alive in the days, weeks and months ahead as it is all the great memories that Steve was a part of that will help you get through the sad times.

Whenever I saw him in church or public, he would always ask how things were and a conversation was started. Always a great person to talk to. I will miss him.

On behalf of the entire Frank Family, our condolences and prayers! God Bless!

Tom and Marcia Frank
Betty Frank

Posted by Tom Frank - Westlake, OH - friend   March 25, 2020

Dear Tirpak Family,

We were so sorry to hear about your Father Stephen. He was obviously a joy to all of you, which showed in all of your family.

The Barrett's from Westlake

Posted by Anne Barrett - Westlake, OH - friend   March 21, 2020

Steve and all the Tirpaks: My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Our shared faith teaches us that we will be reunited in faith never to be separated. Be open to your husband, dad and grandpa's love for, just as you continue to love him, he continues to love all of you! You were so blessed! You have my sincerest sympathy.

Posted by David Briggs - Cleveland, OH   March 21, 2020

How sad you must be. If it were possible, I would wrap my arms around you so you would know that the years that have passed since we played badminton in our front yard did not diminish my feelings for my "best friend." My thoughts and prayers encircle you and your family. May the warmth and new life manifested in Springtime bring you comfort. He lives in the peace of Jesus.

Elaine Plichta Lassiter

Posted by A friend   March 20, 2020

Fran & family, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Steve. He was always such a kind, friendly and deeply caring person who will be missed by all who knew him. May he RIP until you meet again and know that you are in my prayers.

Posted by Mary Ellen & Jeff Wiggenhorn - North Ridgeville, OH - acquaintance   March 20, 2020

Steve has always been a personable, likable gentleman. Ray enjoyed his camaraderie at St. Ignatius in the 50's and then a lifelong friendship. He will be very missed by Ray and I and our entire family. We, also, were married on November 16, 1963. Please accept our most sincere condolences to you, Francine, and all your dear family.

Posted by Ray Mitchell - No. Ridgeville, OH - friend   March 19, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I have found memories of the hair salon day. May he rip with our lord . May his memory be eternal.

Posted by Rosie DeLuca Trunkett - North Ridgeville, OH   March 17, 2020

We are all sorry for the loss of such a fine man who had a positive impact upon many others, and thankful for the impressive legacy he has left behind. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tom Fayen Family - Fairview Park, OH   March 17, 2020

I am so very saddened by Steve's death.He was such a nice man and such a very good listener.We talked often about my brother who was his classmate.Michael really liked and admired Steve.We talked also of Ignatius and sports and the events of our lives.Steve was faithful to the First Friday group and it was always fun to sit with him and Gary Roggenburk and talk about our lives. Francine was so interesting when she and Steve would come to Paneras for coffee in the morning.He truly was" a man for others".What a great couple! Steve's empathy and kindness were his hallmarks. What a great loss for his family and friends! May you rest in peace,Steve. Terry and Sally Hayes

Posted by Terry Hayes - Bay Village, OH - friend   March 16, 2020

You have my sincere condolences. Steve and I first met when we took our Funeral Directors State Board exam at the same time. He was always a kind person and a gentleman along with very strong family ties. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Chuck Lokar - Westlake, OH - friend   March 16, 2020

Eternal rest grant unto Steve. Our sincere condolences to Fran and her family for your loss. May Steve rest in peace. In view of the virus, we are continuing to isolate ourselves, but continue to pray for you.

Posted by Joseph and Sheila Caco - Avon, OH - family   March 16, 2020

Dear Steve, Mary and Family, losing someone you love is always very hard. I am so sorry that you have the added sorrow of having to contend with the health situation we are facing. At this sad time you must remember a life well-lived. Fondly, Anna May Hunt

Posted by ANNA MAY HUNT - ROCKY RIVER, OH - friend   March 16, 2020

Sincere condolences to Grade schoolmate Fran, in remembrance to High school Mate Steve

Posted by Bob Kirstein - Valenia, PA - friend   March 16, 2020

Francine and loving family, Mark and I are very sadden to hear of Steves passing and offer you are most heartfelt sympathy. Although we havent seen each other in years, I will always cherish the wonderful family memories that I hold dear in my heart. Visiting Stevie, Aunt Betty and Uncle Steve and Curt his German Shepard was a yearly summer tradition along with all our Tweardy family reunions. In light of the coronavirus, we are staying home and taking precautions. Please know that out thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

Posted by Linda (Masci) & Mark OKeefe - Mechanicsburg   March 16, 2020

I remember a great gentleman with who I had a few adult beverages in his kitchen of the west park home.

Posted by Bill&Peggy Malumphy - north olmsted, OH - friend   March 16, 2020


Dear Ellen, Tom and all your family,

Our sincerest sympathy to all the family. What an amazing man your dad was. He was such a kind, gentle person with so much compassion. He has left a tremendous legacy , of which he was so proud. You all have an angel watching over you.


Posted by Mike & Terri Berish - North Ridgeville   March 15, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Tirpak family. I remember Steve very fondly. He was such a kind man. Praying for all of you who loved him.

Posted by Beth Ockuly Thomas - North Olmsted, OH   March 15, 2020

Our prayers are with the Tirpak families at this time. Steve gave support and help to many families over the years as they experienced the loss of a loved one, and he deserves the type of send-off he provided for many others. The McAuliffe families intersected with the Tirpaks since 1963 in West Park and continuing to the present in Rocky River. The family spirit fostered at the University of Dayton by the Marianists meant a great deal in Steve's life and relationships. We thank God for allowing us to share in Steve's life and thank all the Tirpak families for sharing him with us. Love, Joan and Bob

Posted by Robert McAuliffe - Rocky River, OH   March 15, 2020

Posted by Mary Pat Coughlin-O'Neil - Sheffield Village, OH   March 15, 2020

I wish to offer my sincere condolences to Steve and the family. Many years ago, I played in a golf league with Steve and had many pleasant discussions with him after a round of golf. After not seeing him in such a long time, I can still see Steve in my mind sitting next to me and makes various points during a routine conversation. He was an extremely pleasant man and I enjoyed all the time I had with him. He set a very good example on how to conduct oneself during the times I was with him. You were very fortunate to have such a man in yours lives. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Timothy Brulport - bay village, OH - acquaintance   March 15, 2020

Condolences to Steve and family. Warm memories of hanging around their house on Woodbury when we went to St. Pat's together. Mr. Tirpak was a stand up guy who always made me feel welcome. Requiescat in pace.

Posted by Rich Malloy - Wooster, OH   March 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Steve. May you be comforted, in your time of grief, with fine memories of him.

Posted by Bill Malloy - Wooster, OH   March 15, 2020


Posted by - OH - friend   March 15, 2020

Our deepest sympathy is with your family at this difficult time. Thoughts & prayers are with you all!

Posted by Jim & Anita Gutoskey - Middleburg Hts, OH - acquaintance   March 15, 2020

The McGinty family are sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Posted by Linda & Mike McGinty - Lorain, OH   March 15, 2020

Had the sincere pleasure of getting to know Steve through St. Ignatius Alumni Assoc. Such a quality person. Peace and love to your families.

Posted by Jim Schade - OH - acquaintance   March 15, 2020

A beautiful tribute for a beautiful human. My heart holds wonderful memories of Mr. Tirpak and the entire Tirpak family. Sending love and praying for peace.

Posted by Nicole Wheeler - Friend   March 15, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Mr. Tirpak was such a nice person. He will be missed.

Posted by Emily Lyman - Rocky River   March 15, 2020


To all the Tirpak Families,

We are very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Brian, Patty Loftus & Family

Posted by Brian Loftus - Rocky River, OH   March 15, 2020

To the Tirpak family,

My condolences and prayers to your family.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2

Posted by Rico Fernando - Sugar Land, TX   March 14, 2020

Francine and dear cousins,

From afar our thoughts are with you and of remembrances past of Steve, who was always loved dearly by my parents, my sister and myself. As a young adult in the 70's, certain men were larger than life for me. Steve was certainly one of those and his graciousness, energy, spirit, and vigorous mind made an impression on me that has not faded in the past 40 plus years. He may be gone physically, but his positive legacy will live on through his dear family and the many, many others, like myself, that he touched. A man for others. God Bless.

Posted by Joe Carey - Houston, TX - family   March 14, 2020

What a beautiful obit and what a wonderful man. My prayers are with my dear friend Francine and their family.

Posted by Jackie LaGuardia - New Port Richey, FL   March 14, 2020

Mr. Tirpak, what a special man. God speed! Dear family, I am sorry for your loss. God bless.

Posted by Maureen Hennessey - Strongsville, OH - friend   March 14, 2020

Aunt Fran and all the Tirpak family,

Please know that my family has Uncle Steve and you all in our thoughts and prayers. I am blessed to have had the honor to make memories with Uncle Steve in our visits to Cleveland and the moments with family in our Kentucky visits. I really miss these times and will really miss Uncle Steve. God bless you all.

Remember Me
Remember me when I am gone away,

Gone far away into the silent land;

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day

You tell me of our future that you planned:

Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while

And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

For if the darkness and corruption leave

A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.

Posted by Kathleen DePaola Beiser - Cincinnati, OH - family   March 13, 2020

What a beautiful tribute. Our sympathy on your loss.

Posted by Owen and Jeanne Gallagher - Rocky River, OH   March 13, 2020