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1948 Stephen 2021

Stephen Harchalk

November 24, 1948 — February 12, 2021

Stephen Harchalk, 72, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2021 at his home in Ashtabula.

He was born on November 24, 1948 in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of Michael and Margaret (Maltby) Harchalk.

He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1967, where he played baseball and football.

On April 25, 1997, Stephen married Karen (Hoplight) Harchalk, his loving and devoted wife of the past 23 years.

Steve was an owner/operator of Tri County Installers. He loved all the Cleveland sports teams. His first love after God and family, was baseball. He would travel to Cooperstown every year to the Baseball Hall of Fame to watch the ceremony for the new inductees, meet the players and collect autographs.

He enjoyed listening to '60s music and going to concerts to see and meet several great groups from the '60 and collect their autographs.

Steve also had a vendor license to sell baseball cards and Pokémon cards at the Bargain Mart in Ashtabula which he started doing for his grandchildren and their friends; and he was a collector of many different things, such as Western and Native American Indian Art and collectibles, music and certainly anything related to Major League Baseball.

He loved going to breakfast with his brother, Mike, and his cousins, Keith and Bob.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife and best friend Karen; a daughter Melanie Schwartfigure; a son Richard (Debra) Hoplight; Grandchildren: Steven (Kelly) Waring, Ryan Maunus, Jamey Schwartfigure, Ericka (Adam) Whitacre and Julia (Michael) Hoplight; great-grandchildren: Michael, Connor, Emma and Lilly; a brother; Michael (Yvonne) Harchalk and a very close cousin Keith Russell.

Preceded in death by; his parents, a son-in-law Ryan Schwartfigure and his sisters Gertrude Schumann and Betty McCarty.

The Harchalk family would like to send a special thank you to The Hospice of The Western Reserve/ Ashtabula Team.  Dr. Pattali; Dr. Varghai; Dr. Du and the entire staff, at the Cancer Center in Ashtabula, for the excellent care you all gave to Stephen.

Per the family’s request a Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorial contributions in Stephen’s name can be made to Hospice of The Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

Czup Funeral Home 1329 Lake Ave. Ashtabula is honored to be able to serve the Harchalk family.

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