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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Heart Charm




I bought a charm for Steve's memory. It is the heart in the middle of my bracelet. It says "the heart remembers". The inscription is the last line of a poem written by a 15-yr-old girl whose grandmother died of Alzheimer's. It is a good charm for anyone who has, or had, a loved one suffering for a long time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Steve and Pat




My two sons have been close all their lives, and now there is only one.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Stephen Michael Malcheski

May 10, 1965 – October 8, 2006

Steve grew up in Wisconsin, lived in New York City, served in the Marines in California, and then moved to Houston. He worked hard and was wild about NASCAR.

Steve was a loving and devoted father, and his children Kirk and Valari are beautiful, happy and healthy. They are in the process of becoming productive adults, thanks to Steve and his wife Panda.

Steve worked for many years at Home Depot, and later worked for Gyro Data. He would have loved to go on working and being productive, and would have, were it not for his untimely death from congestive heart failure.

Steve made lots of friends wherever he went, including at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he underwent three open-heart surgeries in his last year of life. The doctors, surgeons and staff fought heroically to save him, and it is because of their efforts that he had another year. We are all deeply thankful for that.

During the time of his illness, he was courageous in the face of frightening and invasive surgeries. He made peace with everyone, and he said just before his third surgery, “I have had a good life.”

Steve loved life, and he wanted others to have quality of life as well. Because of this, Steve gave blood many, many times. When he was hospitalized, sadly he was no longer able to give blood. Now, in death, he has given again of his body to help others, as an organ donor.

Steve loved good food, and was an excellent cook. His barbecues were a treat for the rest of us. He owned a lot of movies, mostly comedies, and watched them frequently. He also loved the movie “Thunderheart”, which is a tragic modern Western. He RULED at Literati, an online form of Scrabble.

He enjoyed racing, in particular NASCAR, and was a big Tony Stewart fan. He attended the airshow at Ellington AFB as often as he could, and was an Astros fan as well.

All in all, it was a full life, and Steve had many admirable qualities.

He is survived by his wife Panda and his two children, Kirk and Valari, his brother Patrick and sister Laura. His father Mike and Mike’s wife Margo are also left behind. His mother Ellen and her husband Gordon survive him as well.

Goodbye Steve, you will be profoundly missed!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Evening in Cowell




Cowell had a storm last night, and Salazar invited Osprey and Ed up to the second floor, where we sat and had a nice conversation while the lightning flashed and the rain poured down outside. Ed enjoyed it tremendously.