Steve Bernard Karpinski was born September 6, 1930 on the family farm in the Fenwood District. He was the second oldest son of the late Tomic and Anne (Pacholko) Karpinski. He received his education at Greenbush School. While Steve was growing up, he helped out on the family farm until he moved to Melville in 1951 to begin his career on the railroad. Steve's career began as a fireman on the steam locomotives and in 1958, he became a locomotive engineer which was his passion until he retired in 1989. Steve met his first wife Nellie (Konechny) in Melville and they were married on August 21, 1954. They had two daughters, Denise in 1960 and Debra in 1965. In their retirement they spent many hours fishing, gardening, and travelling. They made many trips as snowbirds to Texas to winter in the sun and golf. Steve continued his Texas trips after Nellie's passing in 1996. Steve was an avid golfer, pool player, and fisherman. He spent many hours at the golf course, pool room, and at the lake. He married his second wife Priscilla (nee Weinberger) (Glova) on August 19, 2005. They continued sharing time fishing and travelling to Texas for the winters. Steve's greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, whether it was at home, on the golf course, at the lake, or just socializing over a cup of coffee. He was always willing to tell a story or share a joke.
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Steve passed away on June 19, 2019 at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville.
Steve was predeceased by his parents Tomic and Anne, his first wife Nellie, and his brothers Mike, Russell, and Stanley. Steve is lovingly remembered by his second wife Priscilla, his daughters Denise (Tim) Schick and granddaughters Morgan and Madison; and Debra; his sisters Irene (John) Sliziak and Elsie (Joe) Mychaluk; sister-in-laws Iris Karpinski and Margaret Assman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.