Steve was born on January 12, 1937, in Ruth, Nevada to Vito Leonardo and Filomena (Cinfio) Pastorelli. He married Marilyn D. (Riggins) Cash on July 20th, 1974 in Macomb, IL. She survives.
Surviving is one son Stephen (Debbie) L. Pastorelli of Pahrump, NV; four daughters, Julie (Mike) Melvin of Macomb, IL., Melanie Dianne Cash of Fort Myers, FL., Sue (Bill) Walker of Fort Myers, FL., and Gina Bickers of Macomb, IL.; Grandchildren include Joshua Melvin (Marie) of Paris, France; Ashley (Jon) Foster of Marion, IL.; Hannah Melvin of Macomb, IL; Anthony Pastorelli of Pahrump, NV., Joseph Pastorelli of Pahrump, NV;. Brandon Bickers of Macomb, IL., Baylee Walker of Fort Myers, FL., Tyler Bickers of Macomb, IL., and Cody Walker of Fort Myers, FL., and great-grand children, Olivia Foster of Marion, IL., Zea Melvin of Paris, France, and Elliott Melvin of Paris, France. He is also survived by three sisters… Loretta Jones of Ely, NV., Frances (Donald) Sankovich of St. Lake City, UT., Dorothy (Doug) Robison of Ely, NV. and many nephews and nieces and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Mary Bellino.
Steve graduated from White Pine County High School in Ely, NV. in 1955. He worked at Kennecott Copper in Ely, NV as an Assay Officer for 3 years. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1959. Basic and advanced basic training was in Fort Carson, CO. He was honorably discharged in August of 1961. He moved to Galesburg, IL to be an Assistant Golf Pro at Soangetah Country Club. In August of 1964 he enrolled in at Western Illinois University, graduating in 1968 receiving the first Bachelors Degree in the Park and Recreation Department. While attending WIU he was President of the Vet’s Club. After graduating from WIU, he became the first full-time Program Director at the YMCA. He was appointed the YMCA Executive Director position in 1972. He transformed the YMCA from a small one-room building office to the present multi purpose building. Through-out his 36 years, he led over 2000 employees, of which 9 chose the YMCA as their professional careers. In recognition of his retirement in 2000, the City of Macomb proclaimed Steve Pastorelli Day.
Steve joined Rotary International in 1970 and was awarded the very prestigious Paul Harris award. He served as the President of the local Rotary Club and was a Rotary Group Exchange Leader to Italy in 1998, leading a group of young professionals from Illinois.
Steve was a Macomb Country Club member for 44 years and served as President when the current facility was rebuilt after being destroyed by a fire. In 2014 he received a 45 year member certificate from the American Legion. Also in 2014 he received a 50 year pin from the Elks Club in Macomb. He served on the Bridgeway board for 25 years. Steve was honored by the Macomb Chamber of Commerce Board of the Directors 2003 Citizen of the Year by Mayor Mick Wisslead. During his years in Macomb he also served on the MAIDCO Board and the Ministerial Board.
Steve enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He dearly loved his grandchildren and loved attending their school and sporting events. Steve appreciated his Italian Heritage and flew the Italian flag along side the American Flag. Steve was a gourmet cook and learned to cook his favorite Italian dishes from his mother. Steve and Marilyn enjoyed being part of a gourmet cooking group for many years. He was an avid golfer, liked fishing and enjoyed monthly Choir Practice with the guys. Steve and Marilyn loved to travel and wintered in Florida. They never missed stopping at a Cracker Barrel to eat. Steve was loved by many and never knew a stranger. The annual YMCA Pastorelli Pastapalooza gave Steve the opportunity to visit with past and present YMCA supporters.
The family is putting together a memory book, and asks that a favorite memory or two and pictures be emailed to StevePastorelliMemory@gmail.com.
Steve has been a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church over 50 years.
Visitation was Friday, January 16 from 4:00-7:00pm at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb, with Wake Service following. Services were held at 10am Saturday, January 17 at the Church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetary in Macomb.
Memorials can be made to the McDonough County YMCA or St. Paul’s Church – St. Paul’s Catholic Church 309 West Jackson St., Macomb, Ill 61455; YMCA of Mc Donough County 400 East Calhoun Street, Macomb, Il 61455; Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home 201 West Carroll St., Macomb, Il 61455.