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  • Post #61 - July 22nd, 2019, 1:56 pm
    Post #61 - July 22nd, 2019, 1:56 pm Post #61 - July 22nd, 2019, 1:56 pm
    i wanted to go to steve's memorial, but i had a prior committment i had to keep so i couldn't. i was hoping someone who did go could share some thoughts about the event. thanks
  • Post #62 - July 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm
    Post #62 - July 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm Post #62 - July 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm
    Hi,

    The officiant extracted quotes from quite a bit written here plus from family, friends and the Sauganash Chamber of Commerce. He commented on Steve's participation in the GNR, then reversed the letters to have a new meaning: Really Nice Guy.

    One interesting detail: at the intersection of Peterson and Pulaski there is a blue light highlighting the industrial park there. This light was Steve's initiative.

    Maybe someone who lives nearby would take a picture of this light? :D

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #63 - July 22nd, 2019, 4:42 pm
    Post #63 - July 22nd, 2019, 4:42 pm Post #63 - July 22nd, 2019, 4:42 pm
    Thanks very much cathy for sharing your thoughts about Steve's memorial
  • Post #64 - July 26th, 2019, 4:33 pm
    Post #64 - July 26th, 2019, 4:33 pm Post #64 - July 26th, 2019, 4:33 pm
    Just found this sad thread. Was very sorry to hear about Steve. Although we only met a few times it always seemed we had a lot in common. I always enjoyed his posts(and thread titles!) And almost always found myself on the same page as far as food was concerned. In the back of my mind I had always intended to try to set up a dinner at some point in the future so I could get to know him better . We had even discussed that on occasion. Sadly, never happened.
    Perhaps yet another reminder about why it's often a good idea not to wait too long on things...
    Lacking fins or tail
    The Gefilte fish
    swims with great difficulty.

    Jewish haiku.
  • Post #65 - July 26th, 2019, 9:40 pm
    Post #65 - July 26th, 2019, 9:40 pm Post #65 - July 26th, 2019, 9:40 pm
    I too have been reading with sadness many people's tributes to and remembrances of Steve. He seemed to me to be a kind and gentle person, and so I was always glad to have the opportunity to sit near him at a lunch or dinner. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #66 - July 29th, 2019, 11:01 am
    Post #66 - July 29th, 2019, 11:01 am Post #66 - July 29th, 2019, 11:01 am
    kuhdo wrote:Perhaps yet another reminder about why it's often a good idea not to wait too long on things...


    Eat dessert 1st. No guarantees. And, if your meal isn't up to standards, have another aka "pulling a kuhdo". Betting Steve would approve.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #67 - July 29th, 2019, 4:11 pm
    Post #67 - July 29th, 2019, 4:11 pm Post #67 - July 29th, 2019, 4:11 pm
    Oh dear. :cry:
    I haven't logged into LTHF in a while.
    I mourn SteveZ's passing. I did not know about his health.
    I will look through my photographs (I am at the public library on my Windows® 8.1 laptop. My photos are on the home desktop Windows® 7 computer.) for the ones I took at LTH GNR awards dinners.
    My condolences to all his relatives.

    As it is my slight preference to not take photographs of people, my images are mostly of the food at LTH events. I state this because I turned up one blurry image of SteveZ from the LTH Holiday Party 2017. :oops:
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  • Post #68 - July 29th, 2019, 4:30 pm
    Post #68 - July 29th, 2019, 4:30 pm Post #68 - July 29th, 2019, 4:30 pm
    This is Michael Zaransky, Steve's very proud brother. I want to express my sincere appreciation, on behalf of our family, for the outpouring of support from the LTH community. The LTH community is a special group that was near and dear to Steve's heart, and an important part of his life, for so many years. The shared experiences and the friendships formed (his best friends in life) were wonderful to see and the community that you have created is enviable. We will miss Steve deeply and still feel the grief and pain of his loss. The loss is deeper and hurts more when someone so special, who touched so many, leaves us. I guess we should be grateful that he will be so deeply missed by so many. Your postings and tributes have been a great source of inspiration and have helped make a terrible situation less bad. We take great pride in all that you have said and felt about Steve and we appreciate your support more than we can ever express in words.
  • Post #69 - July 29th, 2019, 8:40 pm
    Post #69 - July 29th, 2019, 8:40 pm Post #69 - July 29th, 2019, 8:40 pm
    Just told my wife what you wrote. Her response? "It's a testament to him, not us. How could you know him and not love him?"
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #70 - July 31st, 2019, 9:33 pm
    Post #70 - July 31st, 2019, 9:33 pm Post #70 - July 31st, 2019, 9:33 pm
    Hadn't been here in a few weeks and just saw the news. I only met Steve a couple of times, but we had shared experiences of that stretch Dempster Street between McCormick and the Edens, him for most of his life and me for the years between 1985-1994 when I worked in Evanston and still lived in Wilmette. So I always read his posts with a little more care.

    May his memory be eternal.
    "Fried chicken should unify us, as opposed to tearing us apart. " - Bomani Jones
  • Post #71 - August 1st, 2019, 8:19 pm
    Post #71 - August 1st, 2019, 8:19 pm Post #71 - August 1st, 2019, 8:19 pm
    SteveZ was a wonderful person to know: generous, funny, and the sort of person whose friendship made your life and your stomach equally full and happy. I will raise a glass to his memory tonight.
    --
    Never toss pizza dough in a kitchen with a ceiling fan.
  • Post #72 - August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
    Post #72 - August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am Post #72 - August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
    Jazzfood wrote:
    kuhdo wrote:Perhaps yet another reminder about why it's often a good idea not to wait too long on things...


    Eat dessert 1st. No guarantees. And, if your meal isn't up to standards, have another aka "pulling a kuhdo". Betting Steve would approve.

    Definitely a mantra to live by.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

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  • Post #73 - August 3rd, 2019, 7:40 pm
    Post #73 - August 3rd, 2019, 7:40 pm Post #73 - August 3rd, 2019, 7:40 pm
    Shocked. Only met Steve a few times, mostly at LTH lunches or events, and he was always welcoming & inclusive. I will miss that dude.
  • Post #74 - December 13th, 2019, 2:58 pm
    Post #74 - December 13th, 2019, 2:58 pm Post #74 - December 13th, 2019, 2:58 pm
    Grilled salami at Poochie's Hot Dogs. Thinking about Steve Zaransky (RIP)

    PoochiesP22.jpg Grilled salami at Poochie's
    One minute to Wapner.
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  • Post #75 - January 3rd, 2020, 3:45 pm
    Post #75 - January 3rd, 2020, 3:45 pm Post #75 - January 3rd, 2020, 3:45 pm
    Steve's family arranged for a memorial bench near North and Clark, where Steve grew up. It was recently dedicated . . .

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    RIP, friend

    We're planning a memorial event for Steve in late February, most likely on his birthday, which is February 26. Details to follow in a couple of weeks.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #76 - January 4th, 2020, 3:53 pm
    Post #76 - January 4th, 2020, 3:53 pm Post #76 - January 4th, 2020, 3:53 pm
    I showed my mom the Anthony Bourdain Chicago episode of No Reservations the other day and sure enough there was Steve at Burt's. RIP Steve, Burt and Anthony. :(
  • Post #77 - January 4th, 2020, 3:56 pm
    Post #77 - January 4th, 2020, 3:56 pm Post #77 - January 4th, 2020, 3:56 pm
    Can't wait to try it out w/some of his favorite take out
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #78 - March 28th, 2020, 2:03 pm
    Post #78 - March 28th, 2020, 2:03 pm Post #78 - March 28th, 2020, 2:03 pm
    Doing the quarnanclean and found this buried in a cabinet. Steve gave it to me when he got back from PV one time. Gonna do me up some plague zarandeado in his honor.
    Image
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #79 - July 8th, 2020, 10:22 am
    Post #79 - July 8th, 2020, 10:22 am Post #79 - July 8th, 2020, 10:22 am
    Today marks the very sad 1-year anniversary of Steve's passing. To all who knew him here, irl or both, I know you miss him as much as I do. He was a mensch.

    A year later, the acute sting of his loss has softened but the sizable void left in my life remains.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #80 - July 8th, 2020, 11:04 am
    Post #80 - July 8th, 2020, 11:04 am Post #80 - July 8th, 2020, 11:04 am
    Been eyeing this day on the calendar for a while and wondering what stevez would be thinking of the pandemic and it's impact on the favorite activity of most of us around here. Mostly just thinking about where we'd meet for lunch if we could. If you're listening, I'd vote for Rainbow, since you won't ever let me order the Bamboo dish at Aroy :wink: Along with many of us around here, missing your smiling face.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington

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