HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.

Steven J. Kawatski

July 23, 1956 - Nov. 2, 2017

Our hearts broke on Thursday, November 2, 2017, when we received the news that Steve had passed away from a heart attack. Steve was born on July 23, 1956, in Waukesha.

In the 61 years that followed, Steve went to St. Mary’s Grade School, graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1974, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical & computer engineering. 

Steve traveled around the world with his career. His last position in Wisconsin was at Rockwell Automation, which led him to the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for the last 15 years as manager of technical services. He was well liked and respected by his co-workers. Although he worked long hours, he made time to call his mother every Sunday night. He enjoyed his career and using his talents helping friends and family with many projects.

Steve liked to ride his bike, motorcycle and walk along the beach enjoying the sunsets.

Steve is survived by his mother, Frances Kawatski of Waukesha, and his four sisters, Kathryn Behrens (Brent) of Columbus, Ohio, Lois of Waukesha, Jane Egan (John) of Waukesha and Carol Schmidt (John) of Mukwonago; seven nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles, Ed Boehmke (Kathy) and Dan Boehmke (Cheryl); and cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, John H. Kawatski, in 1982. 

We would like to thank all of Steve’s friends, co-workers and neighbors for all their help during this difficult time.

A service will be held in Huntington Beach, Calif., and there will be a Mass in Wisconsin at a later date.

Steve, there won't be a day that goes by that we won't think of you because something always breaks and you were the one to fix it!

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association or the Make-A-Wish Foundation would be appreciated.

The Shannon Family Mortuary of Orange, Calif., is assisting the family.