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Steven P. Lisinski

August 29, 1973 - May 7, 2017
Twin Lake, MI



Sunday, May 21, 2017
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
The Lake House Waterfront Grill
730 Terrace Pt. Road
Muskegon, MI 49440


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Shelby State Bank
2222 N Holton Road
North Muskegon, MI 49445


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Chalet Floral
700 W. Hackley Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 755-1805
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Life Story / Obituary


Vibrant, funny, and selfless, Steven Paul Lisinski, fearlessly embraced every moment and lived life passionately. A devoted family man, Steve focused each of his days on the good care of others. Born enveloped by uncertainty and possessing a warrior’s spirit, Steve lived his life fully relishing in the simple joys of family and friends, outdoor sports, his craft, and witnessing others accomplish their goals. With a keen wit, perpetual playful spirit, and undaunting courage, Steve inspired laughter and hope even in the face of the darkest of days. Steve inspired by example--treasuring each moment as precious, faithfully supporting others, and always being willing to share his heart and home with those he loved. Though his years were far too few, Steve’s powerful legacy will surely live on in the hearts and lives of those he loved.

The 1970s proved to be one of the nation’s most tumultuous times rocking with both thrilling highs and unnerving lows. News of the day included the end of the Vietnam War, the celebration of the free market, the establishment of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the growing oil crisis, and the infamous Watergate Scandal. The New York’s World Trade Center became the tallest building in the world, while the newly constructed Sears Tower in Chicago was a close second. America’s swift culture changes moved fashion from wide bell-bottoms to wide lapels and wide ties, while young people’s hair grew longer, skirts grew even shorter. In the midst of these tense times, Paul C. & Debra Lynn (Kooienga) Lisinski found tremendous hope in the birth of their eager and tenacious son Steven on August 29, 1973, in Toledo, Ohio. Born six weeks premature, Steven weighed in at an impressive 9 lbs 6 oz. Though his lungs were not fully developed and he required a two-week intensive care stay, it was clear Steven came into the world a fighter.

Steven’s father provided for the family through his work as a home improvement contractor, while his mother was a homemaker and helped manage the family businesses over the years. He and his parents moved to Michigan in 1975 and his sister, Stacy Lynn was born on July 5, 1976. Shortly after her arrival, Steve's parents bought a home and property in Twin Lake where Steve enjoyed the rest of his childhood and teen years. Steve was naturally magnanimous and had a large circle of friends. As a young kid, all of his friends would gather at the Lisinskis’ to play football. During his teen years, cars frequently lined the driveway and street for these games which were enveloped in loud music and the sounds of treasured camaraderie and good times. Several times while in High school Steven found himself in trouble for playing his music too loudly. A trend he carried well into adulthood during his summers on his boat and at the local marina.

After graduating from Reeths-Puffer High School, where he played football for a year, in 1992, Steven would wake at the crack of dawn every day to play basketball with one of his former high school principals before he went to work. An avid sports fan, Steve thoroughly enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially his Dallas Cowboys. Naturally drawn to traveling the highways, waterways, and trails, Steven spent much of his lifetime riding bicycles, snowmobiles, four wheelers, and jet skis, and behind the wheel of many a boat, car, or truck. With immense pride in each of his vehicles, Steve meticulously detailed each interior and exterior with expertise until it was immaculately clean and shining like new.

During high school, Steve started dating his future wife, Shelley Parrish in 1989. The two eventually married in Muskegon Michigan on June 5, 1999, and became the proud parents of Chloe Morgan-Parrish on May 17, 2002, and Jaxon Cole on May 8, 2006. Though Steve and Shelley divorced in 2011, Steven maintained close ties with her family for the rest of his life.

As a devoted father, Steve provided and undauntable sense of security for his children. He committed his life to affording all that he could while being a constant source of faith in each of them. Steve supported each of their endeavors, attending all of their school activities and sporting events over the years. Steve was tremendously proud of Chloe and Jaxon; he relished in Chloe’s talented beauty and Jaxon’s spirited athleticism. An avid and gifted photographer, Chloe enjoyed putting together a video of memories of her dad. Jaxon kept his father busy as Steve loved to watch him play football, baseball, and basketball. Steve was equally as pleased to support his nephew Ayden who he loved watching play hockey.

A wealth of fond memories boating Lake Michigan with his parents as a child, as well as epic yearly family vacations in Florida, inspired Steve to carry on these traditions with his own family. He purchased a boat and kept up the yearly Florida vacations with his children, parents, and sister’s family. These times of laughter and good company made for much-treasured memories for everyone over the years.

Steve started working at his father’s company at the age of 14 and talked his best friend since kindergarten, Stanley Johnson, into working there too. Working side by side with his father and grandfather, Steve became the eighth generation of carpenters and contractors in his mother’s family. Later, Steve and his business partner Russ Christensen worked their own home improvement business assuring quality work to many over the years. Steve proudly built his own home from the ground up and took great care in tending to it.

In 2000 Steve began his second fight for life when he was diagnosed with Oligodendrogliomas, a rare brain cancer. Leaning into the warrior spirit, he was born with, Steve valiantly battled the disease for 17 years. Over the years, Steve drew boundless comfort and courage from his loving parents, children, family, and loyal Beckett, Chloe’s dog who never left Steve’s side. Additionally, Steve’s lifelong friend, Stanley, steadfastly walked alongside Steve sharing and supporting each and every step of the long and uncertain journey. Five years ago when Steve met and fell in love with Heidi Hurst, not only did he find his best friend, soul mate, and true love, he also gained a powerful co-warrior, fan, and inspiration. In his Divine partnership with Heidi, Steve shared and celebrated the gift of each day with encouragement and faith, laughter and love, joy and fullness.

Even as Steven’s body grew weak and frail, he maintained his signature humor and persistent strength inspiring each of his loved ones to find their inner warriors too. Though the world is surely duller without Steve’s bright light, may it provide deep comfort to know that with each spin on a bicycle, snowmobile, or jet ski; sunset cruise on Lake Michigan, and each “turn that music down!” we hear, we will continue to celebrate the gift of Steve’s vibrant legacy in each of our own lives. And in so doing, we will long keep Steve's inspiring light blazing.

Mr. Steven Paul Lisinski, age 43, passed away peacefully in the comforts of his home and with his family and loved ones by his side on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Carrying his powerful legacy forward are his children, Chloe Lisinski & Jaxon Lisinski; parents, Paul & Debra Lisinski; sister, Stacy (Timothy) Hartzell; grandfather, Wayne Kooienga; nephews, Ayden & Ashton Hartzell; soul mate, Heidi Hurst; mother of his children, Shelley Lisinski; her parents, Carl & Cheryl Parrish; Shelley's siblings, Staci Cooper, Chad (Christine) Parrish; nieces, Reese & Riley Cooper; long time friend, Stanley Johnson; dog, Beckett; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Helen Watts, Faith & Leon Lisinski.


Sunday, May 21, 2017, 2:00-5:00 PM at The Lake House Waterfront Grill, 730 Terrace Pt. Rd. Muskegon MI, where friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of this father, son, brother, soul mate, and friend. MEMORIAL: In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Steve Lisinski Memorial Fund, Shelby State Bank, 2222 N. Holton Road, PO Box 5403, North Muskegon MI 49445 or any Shelby State Bank.

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