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Stephen PittsStephen V. Pitts, 52, of Elyria, passed away Sunday March 4th 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. His loving family surrounded him with care and support every day of his illness. He was born August 7, 1965 at Fairview Hospital and was raised in North Ridgeville where he attended St. Peterís grade school. He was a 1983 graduate of Elyria Catholic High School. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he earned the "Life Scout" Merit Badge. He played youth baseball and travelled for league soccer. He also achieved a red belt in karate. He had an adventurous spirit, enjoying hunting, boating, scuba diving, sky diving, and racing a car out at Norwalk.

After graduation, he worked for Northern Ohio Glass, the family business, as a glazier. For the past 17 years, he has worked as a contractor for NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, as a mechanical systems technician in the space environment simulation facilities. He played a vital role in many test programs which advanced NASA's major space exploration programs, including the Mars spacecraft landers, the new Orion exploration spacecraft, and many rocket launch programs.

He spent his free time enjoying his garden where he raised vegetables for his famous salsa that he shared with family, friends, and co-workers. He was known as a man of great faith and believed that love, forgiveness, and family meant everything.

He is survived by his girlfriend Michelle (Ternes), two daughters Maria and Stephanie, a son, Justin (Elizabeth) of Elyria, and grandson, Logan; his mother Patricia Pitts (Rumph) and brother Scott of North Ridgeville, sisters Laura Carek (Jerry) of Vermilion, and Donna Bright of Westlake.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald J. Pitts in 2016.

Visitation will be Friday March 9th from 4-8PM at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria. On Saturday, a prayer service will be in the funeral home at 9:30 AM followed by a 10 AM Mass at St. Judeís Church 590 Poplar Street, Elyria. The Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in North Ridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judeís Helping Hands at 440-366-0118 or via email ď This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or St. Jude Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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John Nesbitt
sent Friday, 09 March 2018 07:19
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Steve was a great person. He was our go to guy every time we were at PBS. I always enjoyed working and talking to him. He will be missed.
Bill Parker
sent Thursday, 08 March 2018 11:49
Condolences to the family. Steve was such a awesome guy and good friend. Steve was such a pleasure working with while at Plum Brook during the two years spent in Ohio. He will be greatly missed by all on Orion ATLO. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ron Kennedy
sent Thursday, 08 March 2018 09:10
Thoughts and prayers to the family in this difficult time. I was fortunate enough to work with Steve during testing at NASA Plum Brook. Steve was very instrumental at making everyone else successful at completing their task. If you needed anything or just wanted to know how to accomplish something at NASA PBS you asked Steve. He would always take time to assist as well as teach you along the way. You were loved by all and will be missed by all. RIP Steve
Dawn Alberts Schneider
sent Thursday, 08 March 2018 08:07
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Steve. He was such a stellar man. I worked with him for almost 10 years at NASA Plum Brook and I must say, he was not only a delight to be around, he was the guy who always took care of everything. I knew if he was touching anything, it would be taken care of just as promised. I hold him in the highest regard. He will be very missed by many!
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