Steven James De Laura, 70, of Soper Street, Morrisonville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 3, 1948, the son of James and Theresa (Ricigliano) De Laura.
Steven served in the United States Air Force, 380th OMS as Crew Chief Sergeant from 1966-1970. After that, Steve literally built a life for his family in Morrisonville, N.Y., but his Brooklyn accent always hinted to his childhood upbringing. To those who knew him well, he represented all that is important in life. Family was always first, and close friends became family. He took advantage of all the extra's that life had to offer with his loved ones; most importantly extra hugs and extra kisses.
His passion was showcased at every family gathering through the celebration of cooking and eating together. He was a self-proclaimed hot pepper enthusiast. His signature stuffed cherry peppers were the crown jewel of an anti-pasta that rivaled any work of art. Of course, he favored his pizza extra thin, extra crispy and extra cheese.
In his workshop, he reveled in building unique and beautiful works of art for his loved ones. The memory of his life, love, and laughter will live on in the gifts he crafted. Left to cherish the memory of Steven are, his loving wife of 48 years, Ann Marie (Valenti) De Laura; his sisters, Annette (William) Knipfing, and Susan (Ignazio) Costanza. His children, Stephanie (John) Petro, Damien (Ester) De Laura, Vincent (Courtney) De Laura, and Terese (Adam) Vernon. He taught his children to be thankful, love often, and to never leave home without a pocket knife.
He took extreme pride in his grandchildren, Jonas and Nicholas (Petro), Shay, Silas and grandchild on-the-way, (Vernon), Dean and Marco (De Laura). To see Steve with his grandchildren was to see love personified.
All services will be private, and a separate remembrance ceremony will be held during the summer.
Donations in memory of Steven James De Laura may be made to The Foundation of CVPH https://www.cvph.org/Foundation/ and The American Heart Association.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Steven please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on March 2, 2018