Steven M Verngren (age 68) of Downingtown Pennsylvania passed peacefully after a long battle with cancer on the morning of April 27th, 2023, at home in the company of his two sisters who cared for him in his final days.
He was the loving father to Stefanie Jones (Corie Jones) and Lindsey Verngren; and grandfather to Ian (Stefanie Jones) and Liliana (Lindsey Verngren). Additionally, he is survived by his father, Harry Verngren, and his two sisters, Wendy Fuski (Anthony) and Amy Verngren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Verngren.
Steve was born November 20th, 1954, in West Chester and spent his entire life in the West Chester-Downingtown area. He was a mechanic for most of his adult life and worked at Spaulding Automotive in Marshallton, as well as several Sunoco garages in the area. He worked at Home Depot for several years and finally at Home Goods for nearly seven.
Steve had a previous bout with cancer in 1999 resulting in Steve becoming a laryngectomee. He devoted his time afterwards to helping patients who had newly become laryngectomees, explaining how life would change but could still be fulfilling. He was given an award for this dedication by Chester County Hospital. He took great pride in helping others navigate their new normal.
In 2015 Steve became the recipient of a liver transplant after developing liver disease. This miracle gave him nearly eight more years with his family and made his family committed to becoming organ donors.
Steve loved to fish and would take his grandson and daughter every chance he got. He loved being out in nature where he found peace. He was an avid bird watcher and got much enjoyment watching the bird feeders on his balcony. He made sure to never forget the squirrels. He was a real animal lover. When he'd go to catch the bus, he made sure to put a handful of nuts in his pockets to feed the squirrels while waiting on the bus. Steve and his sister, Amy, shared a passion for aquariums and tropical fish. He loved rock music, gardening, eating out and cooking. He had the best sense of humor and could tell the funniest jokes.
Steve's other passion was his Philadelphia Eagles of which he was a lifelong fan! Everyone who knew this also knew not to bother him on Sundays. He passed this love onto his daughters. FLY EAGLES FLY!
Additionally, Steve leaves behind his two precious cats Lauren and Gerry whom he loved very much and who now reside with a family member. Both were adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
A very special thank you to Penn Hospice who provided Steve with two months of loving care. They were a large factor in Steve being able to remain at home, which was his wish.
A graveside service will be held at Bradford cemetery in Marshallton 12:30 PM Wednesday, October 25, 2023.