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Liptoi, Stephen M.

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July 13, 1961 - July 13, 2014

Liptoi, Stephen M.

Stephen Mathew Liptoi, of Richardson, Texas passed away on Sunday July 13th 2014 on his 53rd birthday.

Stephen was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1961. He was the middle child of Mathew & Hazel Liptoi also of Richardson, TX who survive him. Stephen’s sister, Christine Liptoi Streiff of Allen, TX, brother Bryan Liptoi and wife Kim of Plano, TX and former brother-in-law, Bob Streiff also survive and will miss him greatly.

Stephen is also survived by his nieces and nephews Cory Streiff of Celina, Tyler Streiff of San Antonio, Shannon Streiff of Dallas, Macie Liptoi of Abilene, and Morgan Liptoi of Plano, TX. He loved them immensely and they likewise lovingly nicknamed him their Uncle Peavy.

While Stephen or “Steve” as he was known to many of his friends and colleagues never married, he had many people he deemed as “family.” A lifelong resident of Richardson he touched many in his 50+ years. Stephen attended St. Paul’s Catholic School in Richardson initially, and then Richardson ISD, where he established many strong friendships that lasted his entire life graduating from JJ Pearce HS in 1979.

Steve loved the music and the restaurant industry. A graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas, one of his dreams was to be a music producer, but ultimately his love of people and his social nature won over and he gravitated to the restaurant industry becoming a manager at many Olive Garden locations in the Plano, Frisco, McKinney and Garland area.

Stephen’s career began with the support of longtime friend, Leonard Karolczak who guided him early with the necessary tools to ultimately become a manager. It was his 12 years as a manager with Olive Garden where Stephen found his calling and felt fulfilled by being able to be with people and serve as their compassionate friend, mentor, “uncle” and overall great guy.  He served alongside Brad Gilbow in management for many years and his Olive Garden family served the role of a traditional “wife and kids”. This is something that the rest of his family grew to understand was his priority and focus. Stephen was a selfless individual that gave his all to everyone without question. We will miss his presence and more over his smile and laughter.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, July 18, 2014 at Custer Road United Methodist Church located at 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas 75023, 972-618-3450.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Stephen’s memory to the American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity if one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of

ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Deanna & Rick Holton

July 28, 2014 1:19PM

We are so sorry to hear of Stephen's passing. We are thinking of you and hoping you will find comfort in the special memories.... Love, Deanna & Rick Holton


Lee Wade

July 24, 2014 6:34PM

I remember Stephen from school and always made people laugh. It appears he made quite a few others happy as well. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family/friends.


Bill Holton

July 21, 2014 8:32AM

Matthew, Hazel, Christine and Family

I'm very sorry for the passing of Steve at such a young age.

My prayers are with you and your family during this tough time

Bill Holton


Janet Fournier

July 18, 2014 5:13PM

Hazel, Matthew, Christine and Bryan. I was so sorry to hear about Stephen's passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies.
Janet and Guy Fournier


Kris O'Connor

July 18, 2014 1:18PM

Hazel, Matthew, Christine and Bryan, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Steven was a fun loving guy and and outstanding man. He will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to your families that each day little bit a joy will come back into your lives.


Alice whelan

July 18, 2014 12:30PM

Hazel, I was so sorry to hear the sad news of you son' s death. It must have been a terrible shock. I will keep him snd your family in my prayers. With sympathy, Alice Whelan


Robert Scichili

July 17, 2014 5:19PM

Our heartfelt sympthies to Matt and Hazel on this very sad occasion. Steve was a very warm and loving person to all who met him and for us who knew him. Our prayers are sent to the family and offered up for his eternal repose with Our Lord.
Mary and Bob Scihili


Tommy Lewis

July 17, 2014 2:31PM

Had classes with Steve at PHS. Was always cutting up somehow. my condolences to the entire family. He will be fondly remembered and missed. RIP


Rose Bahret

July 17, 2014 5:32AM

Hazel and Matthew - Your friend from another country is grieving with you. Love and prayers, Rose Bahret


Lorinda Stewart

July 17, 2014 12:21AM

I'm so blessed to have known Steve. We started as coworkers but quickly became family. It's heartbreaking to know that in this life we won't see his smile or hear him laugh at his own joke or get to punch him in the arm because he pinched the back of yours. We share so many great memories. Love and miss you until we meet again.


Holly Coleman Knecht

July 16, 2014 9:51PM

I met Stephen when we worked at Merrill Lynch along with his sister Christine many years ago. He was so genuine & had such a caring soul. He always had a smile on his face !
My thoughts & prayers are with the Liptoi & Streiff families. He was loved & admired by so many people whose lives he touched. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet & work with him & most of all call him my friend. We sometimes lose contact with those we meet along the way, but they are never far from our thoughts. I hope all the wonderful memories of Stephen will comfort those who knew & loved him.


Pat & Joan Duffy

July 16, 2014 7:02PM

Matt, Hazel, and Family
Having watched Stephen and all the little Liptois growing up with our kids across the alley - seeing one
leave us so young is very sad.
We send our sympathy and prayers.
Pat & Joan


Cindy Beason Carelly

July 16, 2014 3:41PM

Dear Liptoi Family,

My condolences to you. I did not know Steve, but worked with his mom Hazel in the office of RHS. So sorry for your loss


Becky Lucas

July 16, 2014 10:28AM

Dear Liptoi family,

We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our hearts are heavy and we want you to know that we are thinking of you at this time. I will always remember his jovial nature, his big laugh and that smile he always had. He was a joy to know and I count myself fortunate for him to have been a part of our life. May God comfort all of you as no one else can during this time of sorrow


Jay McMahon

July 16, 2014 7:06AM

I knew him pretty well in Jr high. For what I can recall he was a great guy. RIP


Alan and Kim Reed

July 16, 2014 5:09AM

We are saddened to Lear of your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family.


Bill & Sheila Toomey

July 15, 2014 6:54PM

Our heart felt love to the Liptoi family and we plan to participate in the celebration of life for Stephen. Love, Bill & Sheila Toomey