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Services Set For Nicholas Steiz, 75, Retired Stratford Firefighter

Nicholas Steiz
Nicholas Steiz Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. — Nicholas Thomas Steiz, a Shelton resident and a retired Stratford firefighter, died at Bridgeport Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 12. He was 75. 

Born in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Genevieve Milowski Steiz. 

He graduated from Stratford High School in 1960. 

Steiz was a retired Stratford Firefighter and held many different jobs throughout his lifetime. 

His hobbies included fishing and hunting, playing golf, NASCAR and spending time in Vermont. 

Never one to pass up an invitation, Steiz enjoyed socializing with his family and kept a color-coded calendar to ensure he never missed one of the kids’ games, his obituary said. Above all, Nicholas (aka Poppyboy) was a proud father and grandfather, who especially cherished his grandchildren and the time he spent with them. 

He is survived by daughters, Cynthia (Dennis) Hood of Naperville, Ill., Jennifer (John) Gotch of Stratford and Sheila (Robert) Kelemen of Branford; his fiancé, Kathleen Finnegan of Shelton; his grandchildren, Kayleigh and Thomas Hood, Elizabeth Nagy and Michael Gotch, Anthony (Sarah), Kaitlyn and Holly Kelemen; his sisters, Barbara (Chet) Chechoski of Oxford, and Linda Murasky of Colchester; his brother Thomas (Sheryl) Steiz of Milford; his cousin John (Teri) Norko of Bridgeport, whom he considered a brother; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Steiz and his wife, Beverly; and his brother-in-law Walter Murasky. 

Calling hours will take place Friday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dennis and D’Arcy – Abriola and Kelemen Funeral Home, 2611 Main St., Stratford. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford. Burial services will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 500 Moose Hill Road, Monroe. 

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