STEPHEN J. COSTANTINO
Age 62, of Urbana, Illinois, formerly Crafton Heights. Passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2021. Beloved husband of Michelle (May) Costantino; stepfather of Scott Wilke, John Zachariah Simile, and Beth Byrne; dear son of Roger (Marilyn) Costantino and Barbara (the late Arthur) Zysk; brother of Sue (Rob) Kaczorowski, Maria (Peter) White, Anthony (Teresa), John (Sally), Roger (Tina), Richard (Mary), Robert (Patricia), and the late James Costantino; special granddaughter, Isabella Byrne; also dearly missed by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and all who knew him. Steve was a salesman in the family business with his father for over ten years in the Card and Gift Shop industry with R.A. Costantino Associates. He was the former Media Director at Canevin High School and Videographer during Bishop Wuerl's weekly show The Teaching of Christ. He was a gifted, self-taught musician and played multiple instruments. Steve loved the Church Music Ministry and played guitar at the original Folk Masses at St. Philip Church in the early 70s. Also played Masses at Ascension Church, Kane Hospital, and at Canevin High School. Steve was an avid pro-life advocate. Born with birth defects, in his early 30s, he wrote a pro-life song "Point of View: A Pro-Life Anthem" based upon his epiphany that current prenatal technology could detect his birth defects and he could have been aborted. The song and his story were featured in the Pittsburgh Catholic, and caught attention of various pro-life groups across the country. Before long, Steve was speaking at large dinners and events - sharing his story and his pro-life insights. Steve was very gregarious and touched many lives - while he always had health issues, his light always shined brightly. Due to current health restrictions, masks are required with social distancing. Family and friends received Friday only 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 165 Noble Ave., Crafton, 412-921-3661. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Saturday in St. Philip Catholic Church, Crafton. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a pro-life organization, "And Then There Were None," https://abortionworker.com/. schepnermcdermott.com
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