Steven Sokolowski, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Virginia Beach. He was born May 17, 1930, to Theodore and Mary Sokolowski in Staten Island, New York.
Surviving Steve are his wife, Ann; sons, Steven, Gene and James; three grandsons, Matt, David and Joey; granddaughter, Sarah; and great-grandson, Colt. Steve also had the pleasure of his Australian family, including three stepdaughters, Emma, Natalie and Alyshia; sons-in-law, Shaun and Brad; and grandchildren, Akasha, Caleb, Charlie, Jack, Ethan and Eboney.
Steve had a wonderful life full of adventure both on the sea and the land. He was extremely proud of his U.S. Navy Career, retiring as a lieutenant after 23 years of service and loved spending his time on the submarines. He also volunteered with the American Red Cross, with particular mention of his aid during September 11 at Ground Zero. When he wasn’t traveling with Ann, you could find him reading, watching Fox News, spending time at the American Legion Post 110, or debating politics. At night, you would find Steve in “his” chair in “his” den enjoying what he liked to refer to as “an adult beverage.”
There were times in Steve’s life where you could say he’s cheated death, after catching diphtheria, getting caught in a riptide and choosing to go to school instead of joining the crew of the USS Thresher, which suffered a major submarine disaster, ending the lives of all crew members. He started to enjoy everything he wanted out of life, along with his wife. They had visited nearly the entire United States and caught breath-taking views in helicopter rides.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4, at SonRise Christian Church, 600 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. The family requests that all coming to the memorial service dress in colorful outfits instead of black, as this is a celebration of Steve’s life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sokolowski family’s funeral bill.
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