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In Memory

Steve Brust

Steve Brust

Steve passed away on August 25, 2008 following repeat bypass surgery.  He lived a most eventful life, loved by me and our two sons, Pat and Donnie, and Pat's children, Brianna, age 12, Steven, age 8 and Dalton, age 6. He absolutely adored those kids, especially Brianna, his little girl. 

Steve worked in the computer field all of his adult life.  He attended computer school in Peoria following graduation from SHS. His first job was with LaSalle County.  Yes, he was the one who created the tax program that generated your tax bills so many years ago. He then worked for Eby-Brown in Aurora.  We were married on February 26, 1972.  Shortly after the birth of our first son, Pat, we moved to Peru where Steve went to work for Jas. F. Cahill & Co. Not content to be an employee, before long he was VP and part-owner of the company now known as Connecting Point Computer Centers in Streator and Peru, and IV Net (internet service). Steve always said that when they started bouncing computer signals from a satellite, he would be ready to retire.  Well, that time has long since passed and he remained in the business.

Steve was an avid pilot fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning a plane.  He bought a lite-sport plane in 2007 and was literally on top of the world.  He called flying his personal therapy.  He was always the life of the party, usually the first to arrive and the last to leave. He was the camp director whose job was to make sure everyone else had a good time.

Steve was also very community service oriented.  He served with the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce in nearly every capacity.  He was on the board of directors and in line to once again sit as president when he passed. He was a past president and chairman of the United Way. He and a friend figured that between IVAC and the United Way, the two of them were responsible for raising somewhere around $5M. At the recent annual IVAC meeting it was announced that the annual golf outing that Steve chaired for the past 8 years will be named the "Steve Brust Memorial" golf outing in his honor.

His capacity to love was immeasurable. I feel it everyday and see it in my childen and grandchildren. It helps, but somehow it is not enough.  Steve, I Love you Forever.

Mary Jo

 

 
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04/22/09 11:08 AM #6    

Marjorie Thomas

MaryJo...thanks for sharing this pic....Steve truly is flyin in the skies...close your eyes MaryJo...he's waving to us..lets blow him a kiss...love you my friend..Marjie....love you both

06/04/09 10:44 AM #7    

Marjorie Thomas

Steve...Sunday is your birthday....I know heaven is rejoycing....we here on earth celebrate your life too my dear friend...it is such a beautiful day....did you ask God to send us the sun today to remind us of your smile...it is a great day...and I know how much you liked to golf...so I think you did ask God to give your family and friends a day on the golf course they wont forget...Steve...we all miss you so much...but you do know your passing has been very hard for your MaryJo and your children...could you ask God for another request...please send comfort and peace to her...let her know you are smiling at her and holding her hand...whisper in her ear the love you still have for her...and Steve...you know that your friends down here will keep MaryJo ever so close...we will comfort her...stand by her...love her...you are just a breathe away from us all....that last breath... will be the best breath we have ever had...for a new life will begin...you beat us there...but dont worry...we will follow...wont we MaryJo...and till we all do..we will all continue to love this life here on earth...for we must remember...God gave us the gift of earth first...and then promised us heaven as our reward...so Happy Birthday Steve...say does God allow chocolate cake up there...will always remember Steve...always....Marjie

06/08/09 12:00 PM #8    

Louise Abdnour (Hodge)

Mary Jo,
Even though I do not know you, I read these comments on a regular basis.
What a beautiful tribute to your husband and your marriage.
He will be with you forever.
louise hodge

06/09/09 11:54 AM #9    

Mary Jo Hart (Brust. 815-488-8082)

Thanks Louise,
Steve was a wonderful husband,father and grandfather. He was also a great friend to many as I have freqently heard. We all miss him dearly.
Hope to meet you at the reunion. Best wishes!
Mary Jo

08/25/09 12:16 PM #10    

Sandy Eilts (Aukland)

Steve - you left us 1 year ago today. You are not forgotten and you never will be. Put a good word in for me up there. I think I will need a little help getting through those pearly gates. Much love - Sandy

10/17/09 10:44 PM #11    

Marilyn Howe (Sauers)

Steve, Whenever I think of our class of 69, I always think of all of you witt and humor that you put into all of our reunion meetings. Then you make me smile and I send a prayer up for Mary Jo because I know how deeply and forever you two will always be in love. I once told Mary Jo I loved you also, even though it was different then Mary Jo's love for you. You know why Steve, cause you always had a love for life and through your comments through our high school years, you always gave me such a lust for life. As long as I walk on Gods green earth
Steve you will always remain my dear friend, because you were one of the most remarkable people on earth and do not ever forget that. And yes, I will always remember Matilda the queer fly!!!!! My love to you above, Marilyn

06/07/10 12:21 PM #12    

Mary Jo Hart (Brust. 815-488-8082)

Happy Birthday Steve.  I still can't believe you are not here to celebrate with me on your special day. I heard that Cardinal you sent to me this morning amd every morning, with his "pretty girl" message. You were so right when you said the hummingbirds and the lightning bugs come out just for your birthday. God always knew you were special. I miss you and I love you forever.

Yours, Jo


06/07/11 10:01 AM #13    

Mary Jo Hart (Brust. 815-488-8082)

Happy Birthday Steve.  Missing you and loving you every day, but getting stronger each day also.  I love you forever. Jo


06/07/12 12:34 PM #14    

Mary Jo Hart (Brust. 815-488-8082)

Happy Birthday Steve.  All of your IVAC friends will be celebrating your special day at the Golf Outing. I celebrate you too, and the special life we enjoyed together. God Bless you and Thank God for you. Love you forever.

Yours, Jo


06/07/13 11:12 AM #15    

Mary Jo Hart (Brust. 815-488-8082)

Happy Birthday Steve - The sun is shining - it is a beautiful day. You are everywhere and I love you forever.

Yours Jo


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